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Jewels of the Canary Islands.

Jewels of the Canary Islands.

Postby rdw123 » 23 Nov 2017 13:07

I boarded Saga Pearl 2 on Monday for a cruise to the Canaries and up the Spanish cost. Ship was waiting and I was on board in about 15 mins and tucking into afternoon tea just after. Managed the Captains cocktail party next night and the show after but next day was spent in my cabin with room service. We experienced the promised bad weather in the bay, it was evil. 6+metre swell and gusts of 60-70 mph. The captain put his foot down and we managed to get ahead of the worst of it. The Veranda restaurant was closed which I have never known before. Today there is a bit of a swell but the sun is shining and am just about to venture out on deck for a bit to see if I can see any birds. Due into Funchal tomorrow teatime so have an overnight there as a bonus. Getting warmer and all is well today. First post I have done from the ship so hope it makes sense! :D :thumbup:
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Postby judgegeoff » 23 Nov 2017 15:40

I does make sense indeed Ruth, many thanks for taking the trouble. :thumbup:

I was sorry to read about your rough passage through the Bay of Biscay, we have always been lucky when passing through it. Our worst storm, believe it or not, was in the Mediterranean, which I used to erroneously think was just a very large pond. We were on a pre inaugural cruise aboard the "Norwegian Gem", so an absolutely brand new ship with a lot of first time crew. We experienced 26 or 28 ft waves and there was an awful lot of movement, but the crew were wonderful. Chris and I are (touch wood) good sailors, but it was rather strange dining in a near empty dining room - the Captain came to our table to congratulate us on making it to dinner. Happy days! :D

I hope that the rest of your cruise is on flat calm seas and that you have a terrific time.
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Postby Dave » 23 Nov 2017 16:15

Thanks for the 'live' post Ruth, and it all makes perfect sense! :thumbup:

I'm actually quite envious of your crossing of the Bay of Biscay. We've done it several times and it's always been as calm as a mill pond. :mrgreen:
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Postby grannyM » 23 Nov 2017 18:06

Shame about the spot of bad weather Ruth. I hope it's calm seas from now on and you enjoy your time in Funchal and the Canaries. :D
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Postby adogap » 23 Nov 2017 21:59

I hope that is the worst you experience Ruth and the remainder of your cruise is very enjoyable

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Postby rdw123 » 24 Nov 2017 16:25

Thanks for your support. We are just about to arrive in Funchal and it has been a lot calmer the last couple of days. Been across the bay several times and that is the first real rough one so have been lucky. Off on a 4wd trip tomorrow and the escort is the adventurer Jacki Hill-Murphy. Her talk yesterday was excellent. Pick up the pilot at 5 so off “up top” to watch the sail in. Ruth :wave:
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Postby Borneo » 24 Nov 2017 17:34

We also experienced rough seas on Saga Pearl few years back. We were on our way home. It was Captain Spekman that said Pearl is a lovely little ship, she would make it, he and the crew would make it, but he didn't think some of the passengers would . So we stayed put in Lisbon foe three nights :wave: It was very bad.In fact we were told NO one was aloud on deck and all meals delivered to cabins. It was the year that some ships tried it and had a bad time with broken windows and crockery.
Look forward to hearing more from you enjoy Funchal.
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Postby rdw123 » 26 Nov 2017 18:43

Well yesterday’s 4wd trip was brilliant. I walked into town in the afternoon and people watched with a coffee, explored a little and caught the shuttle bus back to the ship. Just winding down last night when the captain came over the tannoy asking everyone to return to their cabins for a head count. Apparently they had found a gate open they thought was closed when we left port and they could not be sure that we hadn’t lost someone overboard. We got the all clear about 15 mins later. Today at breakfast we heard a red alpha call and at lunch time there was a helivac to Tenerife. It’s all happening on this cruise! Currently in Santa Cruz, Tenerife for the night. We sail at 9.30 tomorrow night. Formal night again tonight so got to get my glad rags on.
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Postby khkate » 26 Nov 2017 20:36

Sounds an adventurous cruise Ruth - thanks for sharing. We were with Borneo on the cruise where we were kept in Lisbon for 3 extra fays - I have a feeling that Sapphire was was one of the ships that pushed its way through and suffered some damage. Glad you enjoyed the 4WD in Funchal - we have done it twice and enjoyed it each time. Keep Pearl safe as we are due to board her when you return. Enjoy the rest of your cruise
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Postby Borneo » 26 Nov 2017 21:46

khkate wrote:Sounds an adventurous cruise Ruth - thanks for sharing. We were with Borneo on the cruise where we were kept in Lisbon for 3 extra fays - I have a feeling that Sapphire was was one of the ships that pushed its way through and suffered some damage. Glad you enjoyed the 4WD in Funchal - we have done it twice and enjoyed it each time. Keep Pearl safe as we are due to board her when you return. Enjoy the rest of your cruise



When and where are you off to Lesley? Didn't realise you had anything between now and March.
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