Day 34–Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

great port ..walked the city of Funchal..over to the Mercado.. stopped for some cappuccino and a small lunch–our 5th time of the best..too bad we leave early at 4pm for our sail back across the Big Pond


Day 33–at Sea

sailing toward our next and our last port in Europe–Funchal, Madeira, Portugal one of our favorite ports to visit.. today’s weather mid 60’s and sunny so it makes for a nice day at sea..rain squalls passed thru late in the day which made for some bumpy seas.. a nice dinner followed by Pub Trivia and a singer in the showroom

Day 30–Gibraltar

the long sail from Cagliari to this next port of Gibraltar as we arrived at 1pm on schedule..  having been here 5x before  nothing different with the weather as it always seems to rain some time during the day–today it was an all day off/on rain event.. that didn’t stop us from heading over to the Cable Car about a mile away from the port..used the public #2 bus that we caught at Casemates Square.. the trip up to The Top of the Rock did not disappoint .. rain or no rain it was still a photo-op with the views to down below..the Barbary Apes were out and about just outside the Canteen store at the very Top… despite being wet it was a fun day

Day 29–at Sea

sailing toward our next port–Gibraltar with arrival there tomorrow at 1pm…just a slow and e-z kinda day at sea.. Trivia at 1pm in the Crow’s Nest followed by a nice and fun presentation in the theater by a performer onboard the magician Michael Dowden..had some fun with him as he called both of us up for a demo.. fast slight of hand as Pat had her waatch removed in a flash.. super nice guy.. very personable. a nice evening show in the Showroom with the cast of singers and dancers–great show


a Happy Thanxgiving to all my family &  friends.. gobble..gobble..gobble..

ruff seas and windy with rain squalls in the overnite sail from Palermo north in the Med to Cagliari, Sardinia an  Italian island in the Med as we arrived this morning at 7am in the  rain.. with more rain thruout the day in the forecast..stayed onboard rather than get the wet.. we’ve been here 4x in the past ..went to the show at 8pm..more Pub Trivia

Day 26– Gozo, Malta

after leaving Valletta Malta early this morning a short sail over to another Malta island Gozo .. decided not to do another HOHO bus as we did the same last year..  a pretty place in a much smaller size ..  once again beautiful weather–sunny 73* with clear blue skies in this tender port

Day 25–Valletta, Malta

what a great scenic port–Valletta, Malta..  having been here last year I knew it was a picture taking op as the Rotterdam made its way into the inlet and harbor of the best scenic views of any port..after breakfast walked to the upper city level of Valletta..before doing downtown and the shops.. watched the 12 non Cannon Battery Salute.. always spectacular..  did the red route of the .. after two hours it was back to the Valletta downtown for some walking  shopping and Gelato-time.. a bit of wifi and the walk back to the ship.. a super nice day..Malta was really quite unusual and unique.. a fabulous tour..