Cruise BW872 on the Black Watch from Southampton to the Canaries Christmas 2008

Date: Port: Flag: Tour Escort: Comment:
21/12/2008 Southampton, England
24/12/2008 Lisbon, Portugal Cascais & Sintra
26/12/2008 Funchal, Madeira Cabo Girao
27/12/2008 San Sebastian, La Gomera Tour & Jardin Tecina Sangria & Salad
28/12/2008 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Las Palmas & Bandama
29/12/2008 Arrecife, Lanzarote Shuttle bus to Costa Teguise
30/12/2008 Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura Betancuria & North
31/12/2008 Santa Cruz, Tenerife Tram ride to La Laguna
04/01/2009 La Coruna, Spain
06/01/2009 Southampton, UK


Loraine, Len, Keith & Martin



Loraine & Keith



Betancuria, Fuerteventura

Betancuria, Fuerteventura



Mount Teide from La Gomera

Mount Teide from La Gomera



Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria



Lanzarote

Lanzarote



Royal Palace at Sintra near Lisbon, Portugal

Royal Palace at Sintra near Lisbon, Portugal



Madeira

Madeira



Tenerife

Tenerife

Here's my report on the cruise:

Just to let you know that I am back from the Canaries after my cruise on Black Watch. The weather was good except for one cold wet day on Fuerteventura. In Lisbon we were berthed near the Albatros (ex. Royal Viking Sea). I think that the rumours that Fred. Olsen might buy her to join her sister ships Black Watch (ex. Royal Viking Star) and Boudicca (ex. Royal Viking Sky) are unfounded. I was a tour escort at five ports including Fuerteventura for the first time. The New Year's eve fireworks on Tenerife were not a patch on Madeira's.

I taught line dancing a couple of times and led the evening participation sessions on the Western and Tropical nights. I shared a cabin with Len Pye formerly a night porter at King's College, Cambridge. The dance couple were Loraine Webster and Keith Davey from Leeds.

The Garden Cafe had half a dozen theme buffets when we were bounced into the main restaurant - lobster and fillet steak here we come! I had a cold for two days so declined to be Santa Claus on Xmas day. I did however operate a spotlight for two evenings. We had an exciting medical evacuation by helicopter off Brittany. One of the pianists, who had already had one heart attack and who smoked, drank and was overweight, had another one!

Black Watch (BW) is better than her sister ship Boudicca for several reasons:

However I still prefer the Balmoral & the Braemar!