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    My Cruise Ship break. Barcelona to Canaries.

    Had the following wrote up 12 months ago, just getting to post now....

    For many years friends have raved about Cruise ship holidays and have been reassuring me repeatedly how much i would enjoy one.
    I love travelling and have done all my life. Serving with the U.N. in a previous life gave me the travelling bug.
    I was never one for the big ship type of travel but we got to thinking about it one day and thought it might be a place where that magic might happen.
    Timing was important, so thinking of a warm climate and no kids running around the decks, we booked the Norwegian Epic for November 2015,--flight from Dublin,-- Barcelona,via Tangiers Morocco, to the Canaries

    Well you know what they say...Don't knock it until you have tried it...Well i did and it's just NOT for me.
    Being a spontaneous and freewheeling traveler and then to experience a week in a 6 x 8 floating prison cell certainly did not appeal to us.
    I just cannot see the value of Cruise holidays, being trapped on a boat for an extended period of time with lines of queues for meals, shows etc.
    Then there is the open deck Hi Di Hi get together every evening or what i describe as the YMCA shuffle...lol

    Anyway enough of my rambling polemic. The following is a selection of photos from the trip....hope you enjoy.





    Class and type: Epic-class cruise ship

    Length: 329.45 m (1,081 ft)
    Beam: 40.64 m (133 ft)
    Height: 61 m (200 ft)

    Decks: 19

    Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
    Capacity: 4,100 (double occupancy)
    Crew: 1,724



    Waiting to board, port of Barcelona


    Port of Barcelona


    Buffet. Deck 15, before departure, Barcelona.


    Balcony stateroom accommodation


    Mediterranean sunrise 07.00 am


    Arrival Tangiers, Morocco


    Port of Tangiers




    Camel ride,photo opportunity, Tangiers, (arranged by ship)


    Queue for Camel ride, Tangiers.. lol




    Returning to ship, for departure


    Tangiers port security


    Tangiers


    Sail away, Tangiers


    Sunrise close to the Canaries


    Arrival, Port of Las Palmas, Gran Canary


    Las Palmas, Gran Canary


    Las Arenas, shopping center, Las Palmas


    Taken from top deck of tour bus




    Gantry sign:
    "unbelted driver 3 points"





    Sail away, Las Palmas


    Arrive, Santa La Cruz, Tenerife




    Port of Santa La Cruz, Tenerife


    Welcoming party












    Our ship is 3rd down..






    Departing Santa La Cruz, Tenerife



    Arrival, Funchal, Portugese island of Madeira


    Port of Funchal, Madeira








    Taken from top deck of tour bus




    Departing Funchal, Madeira


    Island of Madeira


    Malaga, mainland Spain






    Port of Malaga, Spain


    Malaga city hall.








    O Sheenans bar, Norwegian Epic








    Malaga, Spain
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    Enjoyed looking at the pictures, most on here are well traveled so will enjoy a good travel spread.
    Madeira, there was a poster on here who lived there and reckoned that it was a much better place to retire in than Thailand.
    I recon he had a point.

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    Great pics , Cheers

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    Nice pics and thread.
    Awesome ship, did you get lost on it?
    Carn't beat the Canarian sunsets.

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    Madeira is beautiful and a lot more stylish than the Canaries

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    I liked the pics of the Camels but a few pics of Spanish Camel toes would have been nice ,

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    Great thread Kev.

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    Nice Kev. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008
    Well you know what they say...Don't knock it until you have tried it...Well i did and it's just NOT for me.
    I can imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008
    a 6 x 8 floating prison cell
    yes

    or no ?



    looks an ok cell to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Enjoyed looking at the pictures, most on here are well traveled so will enjoy a good travel spread.
    Madeira, there was a poster on here who lived there and reckoned that it was a much better place to retire in than Thailand.
    I recon he had a point.
    I like Madeira, it's very pleasant and civilised, but not really for the young.
    I have only ever visited the various bits of Atlantic Spain and Portugal for work, but I find Portgual tends to be prettier and tidier.
    I have to go to the wet bits of them parts soon for work again actually (but not on one of those floating skyscrapers).
    Last edited by CaptainNemo; 26-11-2016 at 05:41 PM.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008
    a 6 x 8 floating prison cell
    yes

    or no ?



    looks an ok cell to me

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    This pic was taken from the terrace of the Continental Hotel. The hotel is a blast from the past, beautiful old building, with great Moroccan architecture....built in 1870

    A pic below i sourced online....

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    Thanks, KEVIN...I feel I've taken the tour...I agree the "cell" looks nice...

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