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Re: Saga Pwarl 2 to the Canaries

Postby Hannah » 23 Mar 2016 21:57

Have a lovely time in Funchal tomorrow and hope the weather is kind for you. Lovely Island.

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Re: Saga Pwarl 2 to the Canaries

Postby hazel20 » 24 Mar 2016 09:43

Have a good day Lesley, in lovely Funchal
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Postby Gillzajoker » 24 Mar 2016 15:52

Do the tobaggon ride! :D
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Re: Saga Pearl 2 to the Canaries

Postby khkate » 24 Mar 2016 20:40

We arrived in Funchal at 7am - I hour earlier than scheduled - to blue skies, light airs and bright sunshine. We caught the first shuttle bus into town and then ambled through the streets until we got to Rua Santa Maria - the street of the Painted Doors. It was lovely and quiet and we are able to get photos of most of the doors. We then ambled back to the ship via the newly completed promenade. Thomson Majesty had come in just after us and she had the berth that was right by the town. We had lunch on board and had intended to sit out in the sun but the wind has strengthened and the clouds had rolled in. So we sat inside and read or fell asleep until afternoon tea. We went outside briefly for sailaway. Tonight is the 2nd formal night of the cruise. We are now en route to La Palma where we arrive tomorrow at 11am and we are doing a tour to La Hacienda and the Silk Museum.

Forgot to mention that they started serving the free wines at lunch and dinner on Monday. That has caused confusion as many people were not expecting this to start until the next cruise - and of course many people had bought wine the first two nights. I had a drop of one of the rose wines - not bad, but then I am not a great wine drinker.
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Postby Borneo » 24 Mar 2016 20:57

We loved the painted doors too, they are amazing aren't they. Pleased you had some sun if only for a short while.
Hope you continue to have a good time. Love to Harry.
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Re: Saga Pearl 2 to the Canaries

Postby khkate » 26 Mar 2016 20:40

Yesterday (Good Friday) was spent in La Palma - we arrived at about 11am and Aida sol was already berthed. We had an early lunch and the weather continued to taunt us - low cloud and strong winds - temp about 18 degrees. We did a trip to the Silk Museum in El Paso and then onto a very exclusive hotel - Hacienda de Abega which was an old banana plantation originally and is being restored. We were given a tour, which included seeing one of the rooms and their private chapel. This hacienda was on the opposite side of the island and the sun was out there and quite warm - about 20 degrees, so we were able to sit out in a lovely courtyard whilst being served tea from very large china cups and some delicious cakes and fruit. Then it was back to the ship and a quick change for diner. The aida ship left whilst we were at dinner. We were there until 11pm - there had been a star gazing tour due to go out but that had been cancelled due to the low clouds. We had a local group on board to provide a taster of local music and songs - very impressive. So, a late night for us.

This morning was another early start as we arrived at the island of El Hierro and were out on a tour of the island. Very beautiful island and the weather was on our side at last. The strong winds persisted but we had sunny skies and 18 degrees when we left the ship getting up to 23 degrees during the day. The change in terrain and vegetation across the island was just amazing as was the range of temps - down to 12 degrees up in the mountains. We stopped at some lovely viewpoints as well as getting a chance to see some original Canarian settlements, the native large lizards and sample some local cheeses and wines. Then this afternoon, it was back to the ship to enjoy some warm sunshine. We sailed at 4.30pm and are now en route to Tenerife. Like the Uk, we lose an hour as we put the clocks forward tonight. However, we are not booked on any tours - may take a short wander, or just spend the day on the ship.
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Postby bobbyoscar » 26 Mar 2016 21:48

So pleased to hear that the weather is finally behaving itself. Sounds as though you had a fab time. :thumbup:
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Postby Gillzajoker » 27 Mar 2016 14:40

Glad to hear the weather has picked up for you, Lesley.
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Postby tobysgranny » 28 Mar 2016 07:08

Sounds like a lovely cruise Lesley and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time on the ship. Look forward to some pictures when you get back.

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Re: Saga Pearl 2 to the Canaries

Postby khkate » 28 Mar 2016 19:51

No internet connectionn at all yesterday due to interference with the satellites. However, we finally found the warm weather - ip to 22 degrees and decided to just have a totally relaxing day on board the ship. We were the only cruise ship in port but they put us at the furthest berth from the terminal. We had arrived at 8am and were there until 9.30pm. It certainly would have been a good day to visit Teide as the skies were totally clear and visibility was excellent. Each passenger received a large box of chocolates in their cabins to celebrate Easter sunday, as well as the chocolate on the pillow.

This morning we arrived in Puerto de la Rosario, Fuerventura at 11am, having done a very slow circuit of 3/4 of the island. It is very barren and arid - makes Lanzarote look like an oasis. There are no true high mountains - highest peak is 800 metres, bu the scenery is still absolutely stunning. We did a tour - Taste of Fuerteventura and this involved a visit to a farm to taste local wines and fruit liqueurs, eat tomatoes dipped in oregano and also olive oil produced on the island. We also visited all the animals - donkeys, goats, chickens, doves, turkeys, a horse. Then ontio an aloe vera factory - which was basically just a hard sell visit. By this time temps up to 30 degrees but the strong winds made it more bearable.

Then an amazing panoramic drive across the highlands of the island to the former capital where we visited Casa Santa Maria. Here there was more tastings - fruit jams, local spicy sauces, chance to see local craftsmen at work and a short film that showed the landscape of the island especially before and after rain. Then back to the ship for dinner and a lovely sunset as we sailed at 7.30pm.

tomorrow is Lanzarote - just 33 miles as the crow flies but it will take the ship 12 hours to get there. We don't have a trip booked - will probably take the shuttle into Arrecife and have a look around. Then spend the rest of the day soaking up the sun.
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