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Cruising to Barcelona

May 3, 2016 1 comment

Our cruise left the Houston Cruise  Port Terminal on April 16.  It was the last cruise from this port, which is going to be converted to a container terminal. Our ship was the Norwegian Cruise Lines “Jade”, which was repositioning to Europe.  A seperate blog post details our extensive dining experience.

We made a quick stop in Miami to pick up more passengers.   Our first real port of call was St. Thomas,  VI where we got off for a walk before 6 days at sea.  A ride up the cable car gave some good views of the surroundings,  and our ship.

We joined with the cruisecritics.com crew and had a great time.   There were over 100 of us,  from around the world.   We even celebrated joint birthdays with Romola and Jennifer.   Special thanks to Viet for including us!

Our next stop was Funchal, Madeira where we had a nice excursion.   Our first stop was at the market,  with the usual collection of plants,  veggies, meat and seafood.   Always interesting to see what’s local!  Then, a short stop to taste the local Madeira wine. We even took a ride on their famous toboggan!

Then on to Barcelona.   I managed to get a picture of the Rock of Gibraltar,  even though it was late and I only had my small camera.   Then on to Barcelona,  where I’m sure new adventures await us.

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Serial in St Thomas

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Not all people that live here are poor

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Or ship on the left

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Or new friends Dan and Veronica

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Cliffs at Funchal

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Fishing village colors

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In the fish market

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Flower merchant in traditional clothes

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In the Madeira winery

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Living on the side of a hill

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Hang on!

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Vietnam and his new wife, who had a birthday

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Jennifer's birthday on the same day as romola

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Gibraltar at dusk

Eating our way to Barcelona

May 2, 2016 1 comment

Norwegian Cruise Lines had a cruise from Houston to Barcelona that was reasonably priced, and since we were parked near the port, we booked it.  As a bonus, we received an Unlimited Dining Package.

Most larger cruise ships have specialty restaurants on board, rivaling those on shore.  So we prepared to spend 16 days of gastronomic excess.  The specialty restaurants are:

Cagney, a Chicago style steak house.
Le Bistro, classic French.
Moderno, Argentinian Chucassaria
Tepanyaki, Japanese steak house
La Cucina, Italian style country

So here are a few highlights.  Yes, we gained weight but a lot of walking kept it somewhat in check.

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Tenderloin (Le Bistro)

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Cornets (Le Bistro)

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Lobster and Fettuccini (Cucina)

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32 Oz porterhouse (Cagney)

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Chicken drumsticks (Cagney)

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Lobster, shrimp, calamari and filet (Tepanyaki)

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Lamb chops (Bistro)

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Roasted pig (Grand Buffet)

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29 oz. Tomahawk steak (Cagney)

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Filet (Moderno)