Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Funchal, Madeira

Wednesday April 20, 2011 2:10 PM (10:10 AM EDT)

Yesterday we were on the island of Madeira in the city of Funchal. This
port off the northwest coast of Morroco is our last stop before we head
across the Atlantic toward Fort Lauderdale. This is, I believe, our
third visit to Funchal. Most transatlantic cruises stop at least one of
three island groups before hitting the continent, the other two being
the Azores and the Canaries.

This was the first time that we opted not to take the cable car to top
of the island but rather we took the "hop-on hop-off" bus that takes a
couple of hours tour around Funchal and nearby villages. This gives you
a view of the entire area from different spots.

This again was a short visit as some of the others on this cruise.
Because of a storm in the Atlantic, the Captain chose to leave the port
at 3:00 PM and to sail around the bulk of the storm. As it turns out the
storm is not as strong as predicted although today the seas are rough.
We'll make it though! Now for six days of rest and relaxation (plus Bingo).

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