We were in Florida 4 days before the cruise and spent 2 of them with Aunt Amy and Cousin Jim. She is 81 years old and has had major health problems, but is still a lot of fun. Uncle Jim passed away less than a year ago, so we all talked about him and how much he is missed.
Our cruise started on the 3rd of April, out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. We had 7 days at sea, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Both of us really enjoy those sea days. Also, we both were in the Pop Choir which rehearsed every day and performed on the 10th. There were 20 men and 25 women, so a very nice size group. We sounded good!
Our first port was Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. We took a Princess tour (1st time ever!!) to see some of the countryside and scenery outside of town. We stopped here once before and had walked the town. Very lush, green and beautiful.
Our next port was Gibraltar, as in “Rock of G….” It was cold, windy and raining, so we stayed on the ship. We were there in 1989. Had planned to walk off, but everyone was getting very wet when they left.
The next day, we docked at our third port, Cartagena, Spain. We went on our second tour to Elche, the Palm Tree capital. We had a very good guide, Pedro and learned a lot plus enjoyed seeing all the different palms and very old buildings in this UNESCO city.
Our last port before Barcelona was Palma de Mallorca, Spain. We had been here 2 times before and taken the train and bus to Soller on the other side of the island. This time, we took the city bus to Plaza de Espana and walked around. We also had Paella for lunch. We love that dish.
Our cruise ended in Barcelona. We actually had one day there, prior to disembarking on the 17th. We stepped off the ship briefly, but decided not to head into the city. We had been there a few times before. It was a very enjoyable cruise, and we were glad we met Janet and Tom and hope to see them again.