|Date:||Port:||Flag:||Tour escort:||Comment:||24/04/2011||Southampton, UK|
|28/04/2011||Funchal, Madeira||Faial circular||Snow and a Black Scabbard fish lunch|
|29/04/2011||Santa Cruz de La Palma||Volcano & wine||South coast tour|
|30/04/2011||Las Palmas, Gran Canaria||Island discovery||Sunny, breezy & lunch out|
|01/05/2011||Santa Cruz, Tenerife||Mount Teide||Snow on mountain so tour curtailed!|
|02/05/2011||Arrecife, Lanzarote||Panoramic||El Campesino|
|03/05/2011||Agadir, Morocco||City secrets & Fantasia show||Horses, camels & snakes!|
|04/05/2011||Casablanca, Morocco||City tour||Mosque & souk|
|05/05/2011||Cadiz, Spain||Seville||Castle, cathedral & lunch|
|06/05/2011||Lisbon, Portugal||Sintra town & palace||Summer resort of kings|
I had a lovely cruise to the Canaries and Morocco on Saga Ruby.
On Maderia I was escort on the all day tour of the eastern end of the island. The weather was good until we had a heavy thunder storm with fresh snow lying on the mountain roads. The Black Scabbard fish lunch was delicious.
In Santa Cruz de la Palma I avoided the royal wedding by going into town in the morning. It was an English free zone but the Germans were out in force. I did some photography ready for a future port lecture. In the afternoon I was escort on the south coast tour. Unfortuantely it was too windy to walk around the Fuentecaliente volcano crater rim.
On Gran Canaria I was escort on the all day tour which included my first visit to the lovely town of Teror.
On Tenerife the mountain tour was curtailed by snow so I had to make do with a first visit to the old town of Orotava and the orchid garden in Puerto de la Cruz.
On Lanzarote I got to see Cesar Manrique's unique Peasant's House Museum (Casa el Campesino) for the first time. A lady fell over running on the cinder path and the bus driver had to provide first aid.
In Agadir I enjoyed the Fantasia show with Jenny Brown the dance instructress braving a camel ride. I avoided joining in the folk dancing! The horse show was disappointing and I didn't like the snake charming much either. However the acrobats were excellent.
In Casablanca I marvelled at the huge new mosque on the morning city tour. I took the last shuttle bus into town in the late afternoon and after ten minutes caught the last shuttle bus back to the ship!
In Cadiz I was tour escort on the all day tour of Seville. We started off at Carmen's tobacco factory (on the last night of the cruise Iwona Boesche the violinist played the marvellous finale from Pablo de Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy!) I hadn't been to the castle (Alcazba) or cathedral (Giralda) since 1985 so I had forgotten what a magnificient place Seville is. The husband of the lady who had fallen over in Lanzarote had a diabetic turn but thankfully I had a banana hidden about my person.
In Lisbon I did the Sintra town and palace tour. Although I have been to Sintra twice before this was my first visit inside the fantastic palace. The swan and magpie ceilings (amongst others) are incredible! I also explored the modern town there for the first time.
There were lots of dancing ladies on board the ship but one ambitious dancer fell down on me doing the chase in the cha cha. It transpired that she was wearing inappropriate shoes: flat with rubber soles!
09:00 - 09:45 Line dance class in the Ballroom. 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch in the Lido. 14:15 - 15:00 Ballroom / Latin American dance class in the Ballroom.
06:30 - 07:15 Pre-dinner dancing in the Britannia Lounge. 07:15 - 09:00 Dinner in the main dining room. 09:00 - 09:45 Pre-show dancing in the Ballroom. 10:00 - 10:45 Showtime. 10:45 - 11:15 Post-show dancing in the Ballroom.