We’re going to be a day late arriving in Madeira due to an overheated propeller shaft bearing (known as a stern tube to us canal boaters). It’s meant us slowing to 16 knots with a consequent slight change in the itinerary. Nevertheless we’ve been thoroughly enjoying ourselves with the other passengers …
…… not least the great times we have during dinner with Jan, Jane, Derek, (us two) and Clive. Our table waiters, Chandra and Amit are stupendous and we have much fun with them as well.
The entertainment in the Theatre Royal during the evenings is first class – here are the the ship’s “Headliners” troop with their ‘Stage door’ performance of popular musicals.
Doug’s continuing his dancing during the afternoons and the late evenings where he teams up with …….
……. Jane, one of our charming dinner companions – the two of them making a elegant couple. (James and Derek just sit and chat on the side lines as blokes do!)
The guest singer this week is Ben Makisi. A world class classical singer of tremendous talent. He’s a very witty and warm entertainer and it’s been a great privilege to have such high “value” included in the fare.
We’ve both enjoyed deck quoits and shuffle board after breakfast in the last few days and Doug continues to do much better than James – going on to win several heats (big head!). James has attended several talks on crime by an ex Detected Chief Inspector who could be better at public speaking – never mind………..
……….. as we approach the port of Funchal in Madeira Doug finishes off a game of shuffle board ……….
…….. while two of the hard working crew take a short break to watch the ship dock.
The cruise liner terminal is quite tight to get into so, helped by a very posh new tug, we have to reverse into the berth. Well - Madeira here we come!