"" Writer's Wanderings: Last Port on the Cruise--Madiera

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Last Port on the Cruise--Madiera

Well by now I was feeling really lousy with a cold and under the influence of decongestant, Nyquil, and Tylenol. I wasn't sleeping well and once we got on the bus for the tour, I just vegged out and dozed. These are the only pictures I got of Funchal, Madiera, which is an island off the west coast of Africa that belongs to Portugal. It is relatively near the Canary Islands.

They are famous for their Port wines but in my daze, I didn't quite understand all the intricacies they explained about how it is made.

From Madiera, the ship headed west to Fort Lauderdale. We spent seven days crossing the Atlantic (one more day than it takes the Cunard ships from NYC to Southampton). The cruise director's challenge in all this is to keep a little more than 1500 people happy and entertained. He did a great job. He's a PK (preacher's kid). I'm sure that had something to do with his knack of entertaining.

One of the activities was a contest to see who could guess our position each day at noon as we crossed the ocean. They held a class and instructed those interested in how to chart our course and calculate position based on speed, direction, etc. One of the things they didn't mention though was current and our tablemate, Pieter, who participated took that into consideration as well. He won! There was one day he was only off by a few kilometers. He also got up at 4 a.m. each morning to make his calculations so they would be more accurate. The map we're holding in the picture was signed by all the officers of the ship.

Finally, here is a shot of the two of us from one of the formal nights aboard ship. Our tablemate, Jean sent it to us. She's still taking pictures the old fashioned way but I love the picture. My husband of 40 years cleans up so nice!

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