Wonderful new adventure in cruising. Not necessarily better than others, but more deluxe and indulgent! We celebrated Cheryl’s birthday and our anniversary. Met some fun people, not as snooty as we had feared. The service was awesome, if not overwhelming; but most of the food was not much better. The exceptions were the special Paella dinner and caviar horsdouvres which were available anywhere, anytime. The entertainment was more limited, but exceptional. Great singers and dancers and a fantastic guitar player named Danny. He sang, special order, “When I’m 64” for Cheryl’s birthday. Such fun. Since liquor, wine, beer, etc. was free flowing, we definitely consumed more than normal. However, we saw many who did more. We just can’t imbibe from breakfast until bedtime!!
The suite was very nice and attendants were great, especially with decorations for our special days. The 9 1/2 days at sea before a port, were a little too much, but most of the transatlantic passage was easy. Our only port of call was Funchal, Medeira, Portugal, which we had never visited. It was very pretty and worth another visit. Many flowers and a fun local band with unusual instrumentation. As before, we were unable to see the Rock of Gibraltar due to fog and grey skies. A very dim view, but a distance. Oh well, we’ve all seen it in photos! It was a fun 14 days and a memorable experience.