Cruise M1110 on the Braemar to Ibiza in the Western Med.
(Please scroll down to see my photographs and report)
||Edam & Windmill Village
||Cheese & clogs!
||Las Alpujarras Mountain Drive
||Cathedral, museum & castle.
||Cathedrals and Spanish village.
||Southern Ibiza Sightseeing
||Cathedral, beach, village and resort.
||Highlights & Estoril
||City and resort.
Me, Lyn, Geoff & Colin
Me & Mrs Jones
The labyrinth (maze) in Barcelona, Spain
Bridge over the Tagus, Lisbon, Portugal
Here's my report on the cruise:
Just to let you know that I have just got back from my cruise
to Ibiza in the Western Mediterranean on the Braemar.
The towns of North Holland at the first port of call were enchanting.
I had no tour in Vigo so I was able to take photographs of all the city's sights for a future port talk on my first visit there.
The trip up into the Sierra Nevada to see the mountain villages from Motril was exciting, if somewhat misty.
Alicante positively glistened in the glorious sunshine.
I haven't been there since I attended a conference there back in 1995 (see "My Travel Photographs" page for details.)
Finally I got to see Gaudi's remarkable Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.
The high point of the trip was, literally, the old town of Ibiza on a first visit to the island.
However the port lecturer did a moonlight flit and flew home without warning from Ibiza!
The stop in Estoril was also a first for me.
It is always a pleasure to work with the lovely Lyn & Geoff Dye, the dance couple on board!
Good points were:
- Eating in the Thistle & Grampian Restaurants when speciality buffets took place in the Palms Café.
- Eating in the lovely triple aspect Palms Café for most meals.
- Lots of dancing ladies.
- First visits to :
- Edam, North Holland.
- Vigo, Spain.
- Motril, Spain.
- Ibiza, Spain.
- Estoril, Portugal.
For the record ...
- Food: Excellent, best in the fleet!
- Tours: Six.
- Weather: Generally very good but misty in the Sierra Nevada and rough coming back across the Bay of Biscay!
- New ports: Six (see above).
- Sailaways: Several.
- Tea dance: One.
- Masonics: Hosted by me.
- Service clubs: Hosted by my cabin mate Colin Scott.
- Armed Services: Hosted by Geoff Dye.
- Dinner host: No.
- Line dancing: Yes, four classes.
- Sequence dancing: Some.
- Ballroom dancing: Lots.
- Western night: Yes, participation line dancing led my me.
- Tropical night: Yes, participation tropical dancing led by me in Jackie Probert's absence.
I called the Macarena, Party Samba, Cha Cha Slide and Conga whilst Lyn led off Agadoo!
- British (Red, White & Blue) night: Yes.
- Singles party: Yes.
- Singles lunch: No.
- Formal nights: Three.
- Cocktail parties: Five.
- Captain: Magnus Rodberg.
- Cruise Director: Anthony Borradaile.
- Assistant Cruise Director: a young Tom Grinstead.
- Hostesses: Ivana Stanic and Imee Tatel.
- Hosts: Hubert Greaves from Barbados and Elliot Taylor from BoMo.
- Cabin mate: Colin Scott from Herts.
- Dance couple: The lovely Lyn & Geoff Dye from Rayne in Essex.
- Other dance hosts: No.
- Lecturer(s): Jerry Pearlman (lawyer), Rosalind Cooper (wine) and Marjan Dehghani (ports).
- Musician(s): Mina Miletic (pianist), Enrique Cabiluna (piano), Rob B (troubador), 4th Dimension (pop) and the Rosario Trio (classical).
- Magician: Brett Kite.
- Comedian(s): Bob Webb.
- Singer(s): Jane Beaumont and Ma. Lou from the Phillipines.
- Cabin: 3002 inside twin.
- Dancing Passengers: Margaret, Jenny, Julie, Betty, Doris, Doreen, Charlotte, Jean, Sidi and Jan.
- Good, free Wi-Fi:
- Zaanse Schans Museum, North Holland.
- Las Alpujarras hotel, Sierra Nevada.
- Tourist Information Office, Alicante.
- Sant Josep Library, Ibiza.