Atlantic Islands & African Shores

 

 

Day 1 - September 16, 2012 - Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain

The guests arrived during the whole afternoon and at 4 pm boarding for Voyage 7222 from Tenerife to Accra was finished.


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Day 2 - September 17, 2012 - La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain

It was beautiful, and the Teide, the main volcano of Tenerife, the neighboring island, was clearly visible


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Day 3 - September 18, 2012 -  Dakla, Western Sahara 

 

The first stop was made to admire the stark sandy scenery and the Greater Flamingos and African spoonbills; it was a very low tide though, and the birds were far away.

 


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Day 4 - September 19, 2012 - At Sea

During a wine tasting with Javier, our Uruguayan sommelier, we learned about the influence of the weather on wine production.


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Day 5 - September 20, 2012 - At Sea en Route to Cape Verde Islands

A day at sea can be extremely restful and one could opt to simply sit in a lounge chair in the sun on the upper deck.


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Day 6 - September 21, 2012 - Porto Novo, Santo Antao

The scenery on Santo Antao is stunning and the contrast between both sides of the island and its lower and upper altitudes is remarkable, especially considering its small size


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Day 7 - September 22, 2012 - At Sea, en route to Dakar

We saw brown boobies that normally breed on Cape Verde flying around the ship, many of them trying to catch the ever-present flying fish.


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Day 8 - September 23, 2012 - Dakar, Senegal

By 01:30 p.m. we were off to the ferry that was going to take us across to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Goree Island.


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Day 9 - September 24, 2012 - Banjul, The Gambia

After dinner a local group showed us local dances interspersed with acrobatic displays.


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Day 10 - September 25, 2012 - At Sea

The day at sea continued with a presentation by the Executive Sous Chef, Bong, and the master of Sushi, Benjamin, about a culinary journey through the Philippines delicatessen and their exquisite cuisine.


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Day 11 - September 26, 2012 - Bijagos Islands, Guinea Bissau

The view of this island from the ship promised that it would be a wonderful day here in the West African tropics.


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Day 12 - September 27, 2012 - Roxa Island, Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau

As soon as we walked in, male dancers dressed in elaborate costumes made of raffia, twisted bark fiber, leather, palm leaves and other textiles started performances.


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Day 13 - October 17, 2012 - Freetown, Sierra Leone

The chip sanctuary is a fascinating marvel. Here, they rescue chimps that have been used as pets, or abandoned in the forest, and they prepare them for communal living in a fully supportive setting.


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Day 14 - September 29, 2012 - Banana Islands, Sierra Leone

We also got to know that on the island is a tiny school with about 30 to 40 students, so a good chance to do some donations of the school supplies that guests had brought with them.


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Day 15 - September 30, 2012 - At Sea

Everyone rushed outside to spend time admiring a small group of short-finned pilot whales with some bottlenosed dolphins amongst them.


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Day 16 - October 1, 2012 - At Sea

 

Today it was our pastry chef Helena, all the way from Malaysia, who showed us her secrets about how to make some of those superb dessert that we are offered here every day.

 


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Day 17 - October 2, 2012 - Takoradi, Ghana

After lunch we visited the Elmina Castle – one of the centers of the slave trade – and spent an hour in this historical fort, said to be the oldest European-built in all of Africa, dating back to 1482.


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