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Jul 22, 2018 - Up date for Sunday 15th

Dear all, Well today we missed two family birthdays. Our son Ashley and granddaughter Amelia celebrated their birthdays. We went out to a special dinner on the ship just so we didn't miss out as well. We went to the markets at Teguise today. I have never seen so many stalls, all covered in white tents because of the heat. When we entered there didn't seem to be too many there but as we walked in the whole area just opened up. We were there early and as the morning moved on the number of the stalls increased. They were selling jewellery,...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Update for Saturday 14th July

Dear all, It is Sunday morning here in London. Well we are on the move again. We have completed our cruise and spent 24 hours with Sue and Philip and now we are waiting at Heathrow airport for journey flight to Bucharest where we arrive tonight at 17.45. I just wanted to complete our cruise and map. We were supposed to do a submarine trip in Las Palmas but the weather at the dive site was too rough so just did a Hop on Hop off bus ride. All these islands are the same Scenary. They were all volcanoes so are high mountains, a few valleys and...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Up date for Friday 13th

Dear all, Well moving on. Friday saw us in Tenerife visiting two lovely gardens. Some plants and flowers are very similar to ours but thought the bromeliads are really large and some of the flowers on them quite large. Have included one picture. It is a little windy and cooler on the ship. We are having a lovely time getting lots of rest ready for the trips ahead. Kind regards Dianne and Paul

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Our Big Trip

Apr 17, 2018 - Crossing the Caribbean to the Canary Islands

Unbelievable how quickly six sea days passed, busy with eating, yoga, dancing salsa and mambo, drinking molecular cocktails, and daily Italian lessons! How fantastic that Costa provided these, as well as interesting talks on our upcoming destinations. We touched down in the Canary islands, a string of Spanish volcanic islands off the southern coast of Morocco. Initially inhabited by the nomadic Bebers, the Gaunche inhabitants lived basically as if in the stone age, with simple tools, little written language, and cave dwellings. That all...

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Jan 19, 2018 - Sun seeking in the Canaries!

Good flight yesterday from Gatwick to Madrid and great overnight at the Ibis Airport Hotel. Flight today from Madrid to Lanzarote which was on time and reasonably comfortable. Arrived at the Blue Bay Hotel and shown to our comfortable apartment which is very spacious and comfortable with large balcony and distant sea views! Walked along the seafront and remembered our previous visit in November 2013. The weather is warm with sunny intervals but the wind a bit chilly!

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Nov 3, 2016 - Past Gibraltar to the Canaries

Our first night at sea, as much as the gentle rocking of the ship was soothing, Mike woke up every couple of hours to look out the balcony and see where we were and how the waves were doing. The stars were so bright and clear. One of the first tasks you learn as an experienced cruiser is to book all your dinner reservations and shows early on… wow, that took a while – let’s just say their technology on board needs some work. They have touch screens scattered through the ship from which you could plan your meals and entertainment, but many...

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Mar 31, 2015 - Canary Islands

We arrived in Tenerife this morning and took a taxi tour of the island. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife boasts a rich variety of scenery and attractions, from lively resorts and volcanic beaches in the south to the lush interior of the Orotava Valley and the stunning lunar landscapes of El Teide National Park, dominated by 12,000 foot snowcapped Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain. The historic capital, Santa Cruz, is in the north. Our taxi driver was very informative. He only spoke a little bit of English, but he had a great...

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Mar 29, 2015 - At Sea Talent Show

Great news! Jerry won first place in the talent show. He sang "The Wonder of You" by Elvis. He did a great job. They are sending the video to Costa to be viewed for a possible singing contract on Costa Cruises. It would be fun to win and go on free cruises. :-) He sang in the huge theatre too, he usually sings in the smaller lounges, but this one was held in a huge theatre that seats over 1,000. I am adding pictures from the rehearsal showing more of the theatre as well as the actual show. I took mostly videos and will have to add them...

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Nov 21, 2014 - Las Palmas

Fri. 21 Nov. 2014 Weather:-20 degrees/Sunny with a couple of sprinkles Las Palmas De Canaries 7:00 16:00 9h Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, commonly known as Las Palmas it is the largest city in the Canary Islands. Our guide today told us that this is one of the most important ports of Spain. We are not doing a ships tour today as we are sharing a taxi to see the sights with Jeanette and Dave, Dave being the major negotiator--we managed go to view all the sights without being rushed--for half of the price of the official tours and to top it...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Nov 20, 2014 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Thur. 20 Nov. 2014 Weather:- 19 degrees/Sunny/Clouds/Rain Santa Cruz de Tenerife 13:00 23:30 10:30h Our first sight of the island of Tenerife on this nice sunny morning was when we were cruising 3 nautical miles along the coastline passing the mountain ranges of Anaga and Taborno which reach a height of about 1024 meters. The eye sees through the haze that permeates this side of the world better than the camera lens does so we had some nice vistas of the sun hitting the nooks and crannies of the Island of Tenerife. Founded in 1494 the town...

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Nov 19, 2014 - 2nd Sea Day

Wed. 19 Nov. 2014 MSC Sinfonia Weather:-20 degrees/Sunny 2nd sea day Our ports of call itinerary has been changed around because of a ‘High Seas’ (7 metre waves) forecast for Funchal Harbour tomorrow so now Santa Cruz de Tenerife is our destination tomorrow followed by Las Palmas on the 21st November and Funchal is the plan for 22nd November. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope it all works out. We are having fun meeting lots of people from all around the place; at dinner time we always sit at the same table with the same people as...

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Nov 17, 2014 - Seven days at sea

It is Monday am and we have arrived in Santa Cruz Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, which are off the coast of East Africa. We find someone who has the incredibly expensive internet to learn that the Seahawks have pulled out a big victory. The must have really kicked it up a notch. After breakfast we walk the kilometre in to the town and decide to take the Hop on/Hop off bus. It is a great way to see the highlights and then get off at the stop you want. As usual, we are going to take the full one hour loop as Santa Cruz seems...

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