Claire’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Canaries Cruise-11th – 24th may 2013

On 11th May, I set sail from Southampton on the MS Azura, for a Canaries, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ cruise. Craig Revel Horwood, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite were to be on board. I was so excited!

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The ship was ginormous, but very sleek!

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Of course we had the usual Lifeboat drill before we set sail. When are they going to get one small enough for me? I guess I will have to carry my own one!

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Our first port of call was Madeira. Here I went on the cable car to the top. It was very high!

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I saw a nice church

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Then I came down the hill again in a toboggan!

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These are the two men who were in charge of my toboggan, it was great fun and I wanted to go again!

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I then went to a viewpoint to look out over Funchal.

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I tasted Madeira wine-

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It was delicious but I think I had too much!

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My next port of call was La Palma. Here I took a train ride around the town.
I met Barbara and Gloria, two sisters from Bradford .

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And Ranata, our guide.

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We went up to a castle where I saw the cannons and had a good view over
La Palma.

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Next we went to Gran Canaria where I took a bus tour.

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I saw banana plantations

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And Jacaranda trees with their lovely blue/purple flowers.

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 I met Margaret from Seaforth, near Brighton

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Here I had a lovely view of my ship!

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My next adventure was in Lanzarote where I helped to drive a buggy around the hills and villages of Lanzarote for two hours! It was very dusty and bumpy but great fun, quite exciting!

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First we had to fill up with petrol.

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Then we set off

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I was shown how it works!

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It was so bumpy, they had to hang on to me in case I fell out.

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Back at the centre where we got the buggy, I saw these funny
creatures. I was told they were Camels and people could hire them for a ride! I didn’t fancy that, they looked too uncomfortable to me with their humpy backs!

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Cadiz was our next port. Here I took an open top bus tour.

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It was very interesting.

The best bit was the park, but it was a bit dangerous!

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Help!

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I liked this very old tree.

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And tried to climb it, but didn’t get very far!

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I thought these trees looked funny!

Last port of call was Lisbon where I just went for a walk
about

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It was sunny that day, so when I went back to the ship, I got time for some sunbathing in my bikini!

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I attended a Chocaholics tea party.

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Everything was yummy! I couldn’t decide what to have next. If I keep on like this my bikini won’t fit any more!

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It was time to get ready for the Black and White Ball!

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Craig, Natalie and Ian joined the ship in Lisbon and I had my photo taken with them! Norma told them all about Teddies for Tragedies! Craig told her to keep up the good work. Natalie said she had heard about Teddies for Tragedies!

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Norma and Laurie danced for them in a passengers dance competition, just like on ‘Strictly’ and they were judged. Craig gave his usual type of comments, but it was all in good fun!

I had a ball! It was a Fab-u-lus cruise daarlings!

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