Cruising to Madeira

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(Ben) Every time I post on this blog nowadays I seem to begin with an apology for the length of time between my updates. I guess it’s no bad thing that I’ve got plenty of work to do, with employment being so hard to come by here in Portugal, but I do wish I had a little more blogging time.

Still, while the work keeps coming, I have to keep doing it, so I’m glad I have at least found a quick gap in which to type up this quick update.

Hitting the high seas
Hitting the high seas

I guess it’s technically autumn now here in the Algarve, but you wouldn’t know it with temperatures still frequently in the high 20s. Even so, the evenings are getting a little cooler, and though I’m stubbornly remaining in shorts and flip-flops, my wife is now in jeans by sundown most days!

The tourists seem happy with the weather, and there are still plenty of them around, but we’ve had to accept the end of summer and get back to the grindstone.

However, we have booked ourselves a little holiday! Next month we head off on a cruise to Morocco, Madeira and the Canary Islands. A cruise is something we’ve always wanted to try, even though many of our friends have appeared baffled by our desire to do so!

This time we will see Madeira from the opposite direction
This time we will see Madeira from the opposite direction

We’ve looked into cruising before, but the thing that’s put us off has been that the majority of routes start in Barcelona, which for us involves a drive to Seville, followed by a flight, before we even get to board our ship.

Last week, I discovered a very inexpensive cruise beginning in Malaga, which is much easier as we can get there in the car in around four hours, the last hour of which is through stunning mountain scenery.

So we set off next month and will be calling at Barcelona, Casablanca, Madeira and Lanzarote. Ironically, it’s revisiting the Portuguese island of Madeira that we’re most excited about, but setting foot in Africa for the first time is also rather thrilling.

Somewhere to revisit in Madeira
Somewhere to revisit in Madeira

We’ve clearly taken quite a gamble with a November cruise. The weather will be hit and miss at best, so we’re glad we stocked up on high strength travel sickness pills when we were in the US earlier this year! But ultimately it’s all about having a break from the routine and finding out, once and for all, if cruises are something we enjoy. Given that I’ve always got awfully excited about simple ferry journeys, I think there will be enough to keep me entertained!

And if it’s all a disaster…well, at least then we’ll have some funny stories to tell on this blog when we get back.

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  1. Hope you have a great time on the cruise. Like your friends, I have never really understood the attraction either, mostly as you are stuck on the boat and cant get off if you dont like it/or your fellow passengers. Saying that, I know many people who love them and rave about how great the service and food is. So, will wait to hear about it all. Typically when we were over for our two week break in september, we managed to bring the bad weather over for about five days. It always happens. Enjoy the rest of the autumn sunshine. Saz

  2. Thanks Saz,

    As I sit here typing it is grey and pouring with rain outside, so not much sunshine to enjoy today! Still, we have had a lovely, long summer, so I can’t complain 🙂

    We will certainly be reporting back on our first cruise experience – watch this space!

    Best wishes, Lou

  3. Hope you have a great time on your cruise. I’ll be interested to hear how it went as we have never done cruising before and have often wondered if it would be something to try.
    We look forward to visiting Portugal again soon.
    Best wishes Cliff.

  4. Thanks Cliff,

    We will certainly report back on our cruise experience.

    Best wishes,

    Lou 🙂

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