I slept well, and woke as Oceana was approaching her berth in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is a little cloudy, but the Deputy Captain assured us it would be sunny later with temperatures into the mid 20s.
While we were having our cup of tea, the Aida Stella arrived outside in our back garden. She did a three point turn before parking herself just across the water from our window. She is a big ship, more longer
than taller, and somehow more elegent than the run of the mill floating hotel… well a bit anyway.
Here is a quick review of yesterday (Friday) evening:
Deb and I began by attempting, and failing, the individual quiz which was a long drawn out affair lasting 45 minutes.
Far more enjoyable was the Asian meal in the buffet. On this cruise the buffet does not appear as popular as we have seen on other recent cruises. Quite strange really, when for the rest of the day it is
a scene of pandemonium with so many passengers crammed in there.
We had time now to read our books for 30 minutes before going to the Footlights Theatre for the ventriloquist’s show. We had seen Jimmy Tamley before but his act was fresh and thoroughly enjoyable.
The evening was then rounded off with a quick drink in Magnums. We have noticed that this little bar has become more popular as the days go by. It was almost deserted on the first couple of nights, but now
it is almost full every time we go in there.
That was enough for the day. Oceana was moving slightly in the wind and swell, but this cruise has been blessed with some quite calm seas… so far.
Back to Saturday morning on the 2nd November in Tenerife.
We were warned yesterday, and it was been confirmed this morning, the television channels from the satellite wouldn’t be viewable because of some sort of blocking signals from the military on the island.
Excuse me for being sceptical, but from my satellite communications knowledge (quite a bit by the way) I struggle to understand how the signals can be blocked. Especially when the satellite signals for communications,
i.e. phones and internet, are working perfectly, and (as we discovered) satellite TV was working in the bars ashore.
Anyway, whatever the reason, it meant we could not watch the rugby!
Obviously someone had been doing a little bit of work, and two of the bars in the town agreed to show the match. I am quite miffed not to be able to see it, but certainly not enough to go and sit in a crowded
Spanish bar for the morning.
Fortunately we have the internet service, and can check the score occassionally.
Well, it is 9:00 and almost time for Deb and I to go for a walk and look for a cafe (without rugby) where we can have a cup of coffee, and maybe a churros or two to nibble.
As we went down to the dockside we discovered that it is really very hot. The officer looking after the shuttle bus queue was pushing us all towards the shade to avoid us all melting before the bus arrived.
It wasn’t a long wait, and then the bus took us on a magical mystery tour of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife docks for almost ten minutes, before dropping us off at the terminal building. We then had a 10 to 15 minute walk
into the city.
Deb and I are quite comfortable with this city. we have been here three times in the last hand full of years, and know our way to the shops. We didn’t do very much today, with just a walk and a stop
for coffee and churros. We ordered too many churros, and weren’t hungry for several hours.
It really was very hot, and we sought out the shade on the way back to the ship. Fortunately the city has a wonderful pedestrian boulevard with lots of tree cover to protect the delicate skin of the northern
Europe cruise passengers.
Once in our cabin again, we studied the news of England’s rugby team being destroyed by South Africa, and absorbed the coolness of the air-conditioning for an hour. Although not hungry, we forced ourselves
to have a plate of chips for lunch. This was as much about having salt as actually eating.
After the chip break, we took to the open deck above the buffet to enjoy the sunshine.
It was absolutely clear blue sky conditions, and the heat instantly made my legs tell me to put on some extra sun screen. We stayed there for almost 90 minutes, although I did spend 30 minutes paddling my
feet in the cool splash pool.
It was time for the air-conditioning again, and I returned to my book.
This evening we have a comedian called Steve Terry in the theatre, and the Headliners are performing in Starlights with a show we haven’t seen before called ‘Up all Night’. We want to see
both shows, so it will be the buffet for dinner, where it is an Eastern Mediterranean themed meal, then get into Starlights early for the show from the Headliners. From there we can go to the theatre for the second performance
from the comedian.
I’m sure we will squeeze in a glass of wine somewhere as well.
It is tropical theme this evening, so I can wear one of my collection of Caribbean shirts. They tend to be loose and cool, so perfect for the temperatures we are having at the moment.
Tonight Oceana sets off north again towards Madeira, and tomorrow it will be another sea day, so a rest after three port days.
Well, the meal was perfectly adequate, and especially for me as I had little appetite during the day. Deb and I went to the Starlights lounge quite early and found a comfortable place to sit. We were then
able to watch how the lounge filled to know how late we could leave getting there, and still find a seat. Unlike other show lounges we have experienced, it did not fill very quickly, and there were still plenty of places to
sit until just a few minutes before the show was due to start.
The show from the Headliners was ‘Up all Night’ and talking to one of the dancers later, we discovered it was only the second time it has been performed, and so far it is only on Oceana.
It was very different.
The stage area and edges of the dance floor were set up to resemble a bar, called the Cat and Fiddle. Ten minutes before the scheduled start time, there was an obvious change to the background music to more
modern songs, and the volume increased. Then without warning one of the singers quietly walked to the staged bar, unloaded a beer crate, and uncovered the beer pumps. A moment later a couple of the dancers arrived (again without
any fanfare) put on their waitress aprons and began to set up the tables and chairs. More of the troupe appeared and quietly greeted the others.
Meanwhile, the audience who had been chattering noisily, began to notice what was happening and became quiet. As they watched the activities, the lights had dimmed, and then a video of a folk band showed
the musicians arriving and setting up before beginning to play. After supposedly warming up their instruments they began to play the opening number, and the performance began.
It was an unusual beginning, and a really lively show with quite modern songs and punchy dance performances.
This is one to go and watch, but BE EARLY!
From Starlights we walked towards the front of the ship, and popped in to Magnums for a drink before the show in the theatre started.
By 10:00 we were seated in the theatre for the comedian. As usual for the second performance of an evening, the theatre was not full, although I expect it had been for the early show.
We had seen Steve Terry before, and quickly realised that this was not going to be a side splitting 45 minutes of laughter. No doubt many others in the audience found it hilarious, but to us it was not fresh
humour, relied on singing three songs (quite well) and the flow of his act was disjointed.
Sorry Mr Terry but I will remember your name and avoid you in the future.
There was one section of the act where I realised how many people laugh without even hearing the joke. He was going through a series of quick-fire simple one liners, and getting laughs instantly after each
one. Then one of the joke lines actually had a secondary line that completed the joke. Instead of being the pose, pause, and reveal the punch line, it was pose, pause, second line, pause, then punchline.
Half of the audience laughed before the punchline.
Deb and I left and assured each other we wouldn’t be seeing any second show from this comedian, and made a mental note to remember his name.
For those of you that enjoyed his show, I am sorry to be negative, but there are much funnier comedians on the cruise circuit.
By now it was the latest we have been up for the cruise, and time for a short book read before bed. Oceana was creeping her way north-westward tomords Madeira for our visit on Monday. Tomorrow would be a
quiet day at sea.