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Loo Rock

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  • Day4

    Funchal, Madeira,

    June 9, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Today we dock in Funchal, Madeira, but not until 1pm, which is late, we are staying until 8pm, so plenty of time to have a look around.
    We where all here six months ago and did the cable car which takes you from the old town up to Monte, which was brilliant as the views going up, down and from the top are fabulous.
    This time we are just going to have a walk around the town and maybe take a look at the market.
    Last night we had another nice night in the Cosmopolitan Club, where Roy and Jill joined us for the evening.
    Joe had a ball walking around the lounge and waving at anyone and everyone. He looked gorgeous in his sailor suit.
    At about 7.30pm people started turning up in weird and wonderful footwear. There was a guy going around photographing them and their shoes.
    In the end there must have been about 60 or 70 adults and children all wearing outrageous footwear.
    There was one woman who seemed to be in charge, so naturally I asked her what it was all about, and it turns out that it's a personal development group who decided to have a "happy feet" gathering. Apparently they are all business people from around the world, who have joined this personal development group. I suppose to develop their outlook on life.
    I'll definitely try and find out more. So watch this space!
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  • Day4

    Isumi

    June 9, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We booked in to Isumi, the Japanese restaurant on board, and what an excellent meal we had.
    To be honest we were a bit apprehensive about it thinking that it might be all sushi 🍣 and the like.
    But it wasn't at all, we had a spicy miss soup, which is sharable, I had crispy pork wontons with sweet chilli sauce, Sheila had some chicken starter, and Nic actually tried the tuna carpachio, which she loved, I tried a bit and it was good and didn't taste of fish, which shows how fresh it was. We finished off with Nic and I having chicken and beef skewers, and Sheila having just beef, cooked on hot stones at the table. Very different and wonderful.
    Along with Wonderland, it's a restaurant I would definitely recommend.
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  • Day5

    No babies in the baby pool!

    June 10, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Here we go again, another bureaucratic, royal rule.
    We where in the baby pool with Joe, when one of the staff came over to me and asks if he is potty trained? I said no but we have him in swim diapers which are designed so babies can go in kids pools. Btw this pool is 3 inches deep so no one but babies would go in. Anyway he tells me that US hygiene law forbids babies who are not potty trained from going in the baby pool.
    I tell him that UK hygiene laws allow me to take my grandson into public pools as long as he is wearing proper baby swimmer diapers.
    But he insists, so we take Joe out, kicking and screaming.
    Now before you tell me that, rules is rules. Answer me this.
    US law forbids "kids" under 21 from drinking on board ship, fine, no problem.
    But when in UK, or European waters, they allow "kids" of 18 to drink.
    Now call me an old cynic, but isn't this just Royal Caribbean relaxing their US laws to suit themselves, when there is a buck to be made?
    Also this is the second cruise we've taken Joe O and both times been charged the full adult price of the cruise for him, which was over £1000 each time, and on the first cruise he was still breast feeding, so didn't eat anything.
    Anyway I've demanded a discount on his cruise fare, and guest services have contacted Miami requesting this.
    Oh yes the girl on guest services also said, but sir it does tell you in the small print on the website about the baby pool rules.
    But come on, be honest who ever reads the small print.
    This is just Royal, covering their arse again.
    One last moan. Joe can't even go in the tots club unless we pay $8 an hour!!
    Nice one Royal, money grabbing again.
    Other than that the cruise has been great. Lol 😁
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  • Day46

    Funchal Madeira

    February 21, 2012 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Well we are just approaching Funchal, Madeira and the weather has changed.
    Yesterday was beautiful in the afternoon and evening, temperatures must have been in the 80s.
    But today at the minute it's cold with cloudy grey sky's.
    Might change though, won't bother Sheila and I as once again we're stopping on board ship.
    Ken was up and about again last night, after his bout of Norovirus, which was good news.
    But he had a few complaints about the way the staff didn't provide the things that guests confined to cabin normally get ie minibar restocked and food delivered by room service to name but two.
    To be honest I do find that standards are dropping with RCCL, which is a shame.
    I think it's got a lot to do with dropping the prices of the cruise to a level where anyone can afford them.
    That may sound rather snobbish, but i'm afraid it's true.
    And the company are treating passengers accordingly.
    Anyway I'll just jump down from this soapbox and go for breakfast.
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