Cruising from Portugal to Miami (Week 2)
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Last night was quite rough and it was difficult to sleep and the swell is expected to moderate over the next few days. The ocean is quite empty now with no other shipping seen and there are no birds or signs of life just empty ocean as far as you can see. The afternoon was spent relaxing and catching up on sleep and reading. This ship is a freestyle cruiser which means you do what you want when you want. There are lots of activities during the day and night to entertain you if you wish or you can entertain yourself. Dining has many options and it is quite challenging restricting your food intake.
Last evening show time introduced a couple of the acts for this week, a juggler and an ex-marine turned singer who has a superb voice.
We decided to skip the a la carte lunch and stayed topside where we had a snacky lunch and chatted till it was time to get ready for happy hour and dinner. Such a hard life this!! Then after dinner the concert featured the sounds of the 60's. It was very good and enjoyed by all. The average age of the cruise would be over 60 I reckon.
Tuesday October 9. Position 29.40N 41.12W. We have sailed 3440 nautical miles from Copenhagen and have just over 2000 NM to go to Florida. The swell has moderated a lot from a few days ago and it is very pleasant cruising with the weather getting warmer. Another lazy day reading and relaxing and enjoying happy hour from 4 till 6 before dinner and another great show. Comedian Darrell Joyce was very good and then it was time for bed with the clocks going back another hour.
Wednesday October 10. Position 28 39N. 52 17W. 1500NM to go to Miami. Today was the warmest day and after breakfast we found a spot on deck 11 and read for a good while before having a swim in the pool
Thursday October 11. Position 28 13N 59 21W. Another great day crossing the Atlantic. Fine and warm and reading, sunning and swimming was the order of the day till it was time to go to the Jon England matinee. He played for an hour some great pieces from the 50's and 60's in particular. Amazingly he cannot read music. He has a website and we will look him up later on. Happy hour followed the show and then it was dinner time again in the Four Seasons before the show time which tonight was the juggler we had seen earlier in the week. After the show it was a soak in the jacuzzi on the pool deck before a hot chocolate and then bed time.
Friday October 12. Position 27 00N 66 30W. It is warm now, about 27 by 8.30 and some showers forecast but New York is only 12 tomorrow! The winds have strengthened and the swells have increased as there is a tropical depression in the south Caribbean so there is some side to side movement again
Saturday October 13. Sea is rough and rain squalls are quite heavy from time to time but it is not cold. Late in the afternoon we intercept another cruise ship to port and follow them into Miami. Our final dinner is followed by the last show Time which was a spectacular rock music show by the Suns dance troupe. Enjoyable though not really our music scene. Off to bed with an early rise to disembark after breakfast then once clear of immigration we will head for the Amtrak station and the silver star. A fabulous 14 days, a great experience!!!