As always, I flew in on the day before departure of the cruise and spent the night in a hotel, which was situated next to the harbor in walking distance to the cruise terminal 'Santa Catalina'. I proceeded to the harbor on the next morning, where I arrived at the port gate at 11:00am. Security staff checked my passport and 'Schiffspass', the boarding document, and I was already checked in just 25 minutes later, after handing out my baggage in front of the terminal and waiting in a queue for only a short time inside the small terminal. A photo was made for my 'Bordkarte', the boarding card, no health form and no registration of my credit card was necessary, that was already done days before the cruise with the Online-CheckIn.
The weather was mixed, sunny, but clouds also moved over the city. I found Las Palmas not to be a gem, but there are beaches and the wonderful little old town Triana. I walked back to the 'Parque Santa Catalina', which turned out to be one of the best places to wait for a bus I know, boarded the next one of 'Línea 1' towards 'Teatro', ticket cost €1.40 oneway, purchased on the bus with cash, and departed for a journey of 22 minutes heading south at 12:07pm. I got out at the final station next to the 'Teatro Pérez Galdós' and proceeded further to 'Casa De Colón', where a folk group performed live with vocals, dance and loud music from ghetto blasters when I arrived there. Unfortunately, a flea market destroyed good photo spots in Triana. Not far away at Plaza Cairasco, there were another 2 interesting buildings, the 'Gabinete Literario' and the 'Parroquia De San Francisco De Asís'. The entire old town featured countless old buildings of typical local style, narrow streets, very beautiful to look at. The main building is the 'Catedral De Santa Ana', next to 'Casa De Colón', where Cristoforo Colombo, the famous explorer from Genova who discovered America in 1492, lived for a while.
At 03:20pm, I took the bus 'Línea 1' back to 'Porto' got out at the bus stop 'Alfredo L Jones', near one of the highest buildings in Las Palmas, passed the port entrance with its check point after a short walk and the security in a tent next to the cruise terminal 'Santa Catalina'. I eventually entered 'Mein Schiff 1' of 'TUI Cruises' at 03:57pm on deck 2 near staircase hall B and was in my stateroom #41 on deck 7 'Hanse', port side of the ship, at exactly 04:00pm. The 'Bordkarte' for opening the stateroom was in an envelope which stuck behind the stateroom number panel next to the door.
About 20 minutes later, I showed up at the pool towel station on deck 12 and changed my 'Handtuchkarte', the towel card, which also was in the envelope, to a pool towel. I then had a first sunbath on deck. While leaves started falling from the trees in Hamburg, the sun still climbed high above the horizon here.
After I had finished my sun worshipping at 05:50pm, I connected my smartphone to the WiFi on board with the 'Mein Schiff' app, using birth date and birth month as PIN and changed the PIN to another one of my choice. To clarify some issues that came up, I visited the 'Rezeption', the guest services desk, on deck 3 at 06:35pm. My safe did not work, the display did not show anything, the woman behind the desk however pointed out to the button behind the angle of the door of the safe. I furthermore did not find the program of the day in my stateroom, she gave me hers and pointed to the display in the lobby, where guests always can take one with them. I wanted to know whether announcements would be audible in the stateroom, but she did not gave a proper and correct answer, as I later found out on the TV in my stateroom.
At 06:55pm, I logged in to the internet for the first time at address 'internet.meinschiff.de', typed my name as well as stateroom number and PIN. My previously booked volume tariff appeared, I selected it, the website of TUI Cruises opened, and I could browse the internet. I eventually had a first meal at 07:30pm in the buffet restaurant 'Anckelmannsplatz', named after the previous address of 'TUI Cruises' headquarters in Hamburg.
The security drill took place at 09:15pm for me in the totally crowded and heated 'Abtanzbar', the dance away bar, on deck 5, followed by the 'Willkommen An Bord' Party, the welcome poolparty. Lots of cruise guests tightly pushed around the pool, gallery and stage, when cruise director Wilma Rehberg introduced some leading crew members and herself. Meanwhile, captain Andreas Greulich had made his first announcement, introduced himself and talked about the arrival in Funchal, which would be moved forward to the next late evening. A medley was performed on the stage by the theater vocals group with laser show, and the party continued with the DJ, playing dance music, interrupted at 10:39pm by the typhoon. The horn blew 3 times, when 'Mein Schiff 1' finally pushed herself away from the pier of Las Palmas and sailed out of the harbor 25 minutes later. It was warm but windy and clouds moved by, while the ship cruised away from Gran Canaria in the darkness.