Cruising from Denmark to Portugal (Week 1)
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We checked out at11.45 and took a cab to the cruise terminal and went through a very simple but efficient embarkation process and since 12.20 we have been sitting in the Garden Cafe on the 11th deck of our floating hotel which will be home for the next 2 weeks. We sail at 5pm local time.
Monday October 1. Time 9.15am Position 49.50N, 03.07W. Had a great first day. Lunch at the buffet on arrival, then a talk on ships facilities followed by emergency drill. Pre dinner drinks, then dinner followed by the opening show and an ice cream after watching the end of the Ryder cup golf we had a great nights sleep
Tuesday October 2. Time 9.15am. Distance travelled 700 NM 1000 NM to Lisbon. Really enjoyed the lifestyle - morning exercise routine on the Promenade deck 6, a 480 m track followed by an a la carte breakfast from 9.15 then a health seminar at 11, then lunch at about 1pm followed by a rest and read while Mary did a half hour in the gym then at 5 we went a happy hour in the sports bar where we met an English couple, David and Pauline who live in Florida. We went to dinner with them at 6.30 and to the fantastic variety musical/dance show at 9. Then it was up to the Observation lounge for jazz dance band and a night cap. Nearly mid-night, time for bed. What a day!
Wednesday October 3 Time 8.30 am. Distance travelled NM distance to Lisbon NM. Yesterday was very similar to Monday with exercise followed by breakfast then relaxed and read in the observation lounge . Lunch followed and we went to a beginners Salsa dance class and learnt the basics. Went for a snooze in our room till 5 then headed off to happy hour and then dinner at 6.30. Went to the Windjammers bar for a drink till it was time for the show at 9.
Thursday October 4 time 8.10am approaching Lisbon for our first of two stops. Going ashore around 10 for a few hours sightseeing and a little shopping. Another relaxing day yesterday with a documentary on California rail trips and then two great shows in the evening - a husband and wife dance/gymnastic team, just brilliant.
Friday October 5. 9.20am. We have done a 4 km walk on the Promenade and now we are nearly ready for breakfast. It's a beautiful day - light winds, flat sea and we are about half way to the Madieras we will stop for a few hours tomorrow.
We had a great day in Lisbon yesterday- did some shopping and rode on the old tramcars to the castle and the out to the other side of the city to the Basilica. Weather was beautiful. We would definitely like to come back and spend some more time exploring the city. We returned to the ship in time for the happy hour and sat out on deck 11 until we sailed at 6pm. It was brilliant sitting out in the evening sun as we slowly moved down river and under the harbour bridge and out into the Atlantic towards the Madeiras. Dinner followed and then another fantastic show this time from 'Graffiticlassic', a brilliant string quartet then it was time for bed.
Saturday October 6 9.25am we are now ashore in Funchal, Madeira for a few hours. We leave at 1 pm and have to be back on board at 12.30. Yesterday was another great day with a magician entertaining us at the show time. He was great. The few hours ashore were great. A quick look at the shops and then a ride on the gondola with fantastic views over the town and surrounds. Excellent. Now heading out into mid Atlantic with 7 days to reach Miami.