Cruise RU450 to the Canaries and Morocco on Saga Ruby

(Please scroll down to see my photographs and report)

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
09/05/2011 Southampton, England



Sunrise in Gran Canaria

Sunrise in Gran Canaria



Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria



Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria



Tenerife

Tenerife

Gardens on Tenerife

Gardens on Tenerife



Mount Teide, Tenerife

Mount Teide, Tenerife



Lanzarote

Lanzarote



Bridge over the Tagus, Lisbon, Portugal

Bridge over the Tagus, Lisbon, Portugal



Funicular, Lisbon

Funicular, Lisbon



Royal Palace at Sintra near Lisbon, Portugal

Royal Palace at Sintra near Lisbon, Portugal



Here's my report on the cruise:

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!

Good points were:

  1. Triple aspect, forward facing observation lounge with circular dance floor.
  2. Excellent programme of up to 3 lectures per sea day.
  3. Hosting two tables in the main dining room.
  4. Inside twin cabin with full sized bath.
  5. Good sized rectangular dance floor.
  6. In bed by midnight every night!
  7. All round teak promenade deck.
  8. Free fruit and water in cabin.
  9. Triple height oval staircase.
  10. Efficient cabin steward.
  11. Free launderette.

Usual sea day programme:

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.

Usual evening programme:

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.

For the record ...