Day: 20 November 2021

Cadiz or Not – Friday  November 19th

It was extremely lumpy during the night as we hit 45 KT winds traversing from Lisbon to Cadiz. I was woken at 00:45 by a massive crashing and then through the night multiple times. At least I managed to get some sleep, Jane didn’t. There was announcement by the captain at 08:30 informing us that the winds at Cadiz were outside the safety limits for a ship of out size to dock and that we would be carrying on to Valencia instead.

We had nothing booked for Cadiz so another sea day is no hardship for us.
I went to breakfast alone as Jane was exhausted, with the instructions to bring her something nice back. Sachin dutifully supplied me with an American bacon and Avocado Bagel, even volunteering to get room service to deliver while I had my fry-up. I declined as I wanted the plaudits for delivering.
After breakfast I popped down to the Pursers office to pick up revised daily programme. There were two new lectures planned, firstly,  Dr Sheona Urquhart explaining everything about the Cosmos, or as such as can be fitted into 45 mins. I’ve really enjoyed her lectures on this cruise.

Secondly Dave Mallinder spoke on Doris Day. Jane came to this one, so he’s honoured as that’s the second of his she’s been to now.
We went up to the Grills lounge to have a coffee, but there wasn’t a free seat to be had, so we walked back down to the Garden Lounge for a tea instead. We then went back up to the Grills for lunch. Whitebait followed by Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Jane has cauliflower cheese soup and seafood pasta.

There were some free seats in the lounge after lunch so we had a coffee there before heading off to do a bit of laundry.
We were so near with the Trivia Quiz, 17/20 again with the winners on 18 – so close, with two 50/50 questions letting us down.
The Captain said the storm should have been abating at 18:00 but on return to stateroom after cocktails in the Commodore Club it’s just as noisy in the room and the winds are still hitting over 50 knots. There’s a lot of wind noise through the balcony doors and when a wave slams into the bow it sounds like a thunderclap. It’s no wonder Jane had such a terrible nights sleep.
Smart Attire again tonight for dinner where I’m having Jimbo prawn tempura and pork cutlet. Jane went A La Carte and had shrimp tempura and a delicious looking chicken and prawn dish

Lisbon – 18th November

The entrance into Lisbon was gorgeous with the sky on fire as the sun rose over the April 25th Bridge. It’s getting warmer, but it was pretty cold grabbing the photo in my pjs as we sailed up the Tagus. We had an early start today as we had the “Taste of Lisbon”  walking tour booked, departing at 09:15 so we had an early breakfast in the PG dining room.

As it was a tasting tour we kept it light, just eggs Benedict for me and avocado on toast for Jane. We were slightly delayed leaving the ship as there were sky bridge issues but the were soon over and we were off and onto the minibus to Belem for Pastel de Nata. Once we’d ticked that off my bucket list, we were back onto the coach and heading back into Lisbon old town to start walking. We had another stop for Ovo Moles, another egg based delicacy. One more stop for Portuguese “tapas” and then back to Restorantes to catch the minibus back to the ship. In between all the food was lots of descriptive observations about Lisbon’s many landmarks.

We had booked this as a walking tour, so we’re surprised to find two of the party had mobility issues and it was a very slow affair getting around.

We returned to the ship after the Tapas tour a little too late for lunch in PG so opted to pop into the Golden Lion where, hopefully, they would still be serving lunch. Luckily for us they were. I had their Signature burger and Jane ploughman’s helped down with a glass of Douro and a pint of Old Speckled Hen.

I now needed to get some warmth back into my bones so we went upstairs to the Grills terrace to claim a couple of the comfy sun loungers in the sun. Out of the sun it was fresh, but in it it was very pleasant and I was nice and toasty before very long.
About 15:30 I headed inside to the Grills lounge for a coffee and het ready for the Trivia quiz at 16:15. We’re getting better, 17/20 this time,
The wine at lunch and on the tour meant Jane wasn’t bothered about Commodore O’clock, which surprised me. So after the quiz we just headed back to the stateroom for a snooze before getting ready for dinner.

It was another “Smart Attire” evening so after a shower we headed up to Deck 11 for dinner. I had a very nice prawn salad to start followed by an excellent Steak Diane. My dessert was a chia seed tapioca, not only healthy but delicious. Jane had Octopus to start and venison as her main.