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... the blurb, "Is one of the most elegant hotels in the world, as luxurious as The Raffles Hotel in Singapore." Well that means nothing to me, never been to Raffles hotel
I was really not in a very generous mood when we left for this amazing "once in a lifetime" experience. But just getting off the ship was a challenge in itself. We went to the gangway, starboard side deck one, as instructed, only to find the way blocked by crocodiles of old ...
... was preventable. I kept my mouth shut and couldn't wait to hear Elin's second lecture. This time it was the Indian Ocean. She and three other gals rowed from Australia to Africa. The four of them completed this much longer journey in about the same time as it took Elin and her other amiga to cross the Atlantic.
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Funchal is the main city on the island of Madeira, a dependency of Portugal. It is off the African coast north of the Canary Islands. We were due to make landfall there on Wednesday, 21st October at 9am. Because of rough seas and slow progress we did not dock until 3pm. We then had until 7pm when we were due back on board to explore the town.
From the ship it appeared as a very pretty place, with houses ascending the green hillsides ...
... past Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, past London Bridge and the Tower and down the Thames past the Docklands area. We could see the tall building known as The S******* the other side of the river. It took about 90 minutes to drive to Tilbury.
Once there we were quickly processed, issued our boarding cards and after passing through security climbed the gangplank and were on board the Astor. We found our cabin, 200,on the Port side at the front of the ship. While we waited for ...
... reception to report them missing. Housekeeping and security arrived to search our cabin, 1 woman and 3 officers in their whites. They looked through all our belongings and told us they would access the computer records to see who had entered our cabin during the day. We then had to go down and make a written declaration about the missing items. As a result we missed the cocktail party and went to dinner feeling upset.