It’s hard to tell if my legs are wobbly because it’s the first time I’ve been ashore in four days or because I’ve just been on a steep climb. I’m on a cruise and walking holiday with Ramblers in the Canary Islands and, as both an active traveller and a cruise virgin, I’m curious to discover whether five days of hiking sandwiched between successive days at sea is enough to keep me from feeling contained.
As we set sail from Southampton on board the Balmoral, a Fred Olsen cruise liner, my hunch is that the first four days at sea will be endured rather than enjoyed – but I am wrong. I hadn’t taken into account the dawn-till-dusk programme of activities, talks, concerts and quizzes, nor the gym, top-deck swimming pools, card tables and library. All more than enough to keep both the mind and body occupied.
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