the island of the flowers
After two days of cruising thorugh the bumpy sea we arrived at Madeira, also called “the island of the flowers”. Yesterday was very rough, many of the crew were really sick and the decks were empty, coz the people were better off in their beds :-P The waves were around 5metres high. Luckily I didn’t feel anything!!
We moored up at 9am and the activity teams (biking and diving) were already ready with the gear to push it out on land. After that, the guests were allowed to disembark.
We were picked up by a minivan to drive to a local dive school. There are no beaches on Madeira (As far as I could see), it is pretty rocky! First we did a shore dive (well we jumped off a rock and got out with a ladder) and then we took a boat to another dive site. The water was freezing compared to the waters I am used too, it was 22 °C!!! Luckily I bought my new wetsuit of 5/6mm!! I know I know I am so spoiled concerning diving, but the only thing you could see were rocks and one large fish – a groper, that is so friendly that you can touch it. It reminds me of Wally in Cairns, just that Wally was way more beautiful!!!! The groper was just grey! Ow and we saw a Morray Eel :-P
Well these two were the attractions of the diving, so the guests were happy!
At 4pm we were back, packed and ready to drive back to the ship! One passenger bought us all an ice cream! Nice!!!
Back on board we went to the front of the ship to watch the ship leaving the harbour, which was my first one in daylight and it was amazing. It’s probably not exciting anymore when you do it more often, but for me it was wonderful! The captain blows the horn 3 times when the ship leaves the harbor and if there is another ship, it blows its horn 3 times as well to say “goodbye”. Then our ship blows another quick sound to say “Thank you”, and then the other one again one quick one to say “you are welcome”. I would love to work on a ship! It’s great, but I would need to study again for several years and my degree would have been for nothing! Ow well, but so far I really love the board life! Today I walked through the corridors, this time KNOWING where I was actually going, and I felt a chill of happiness going through my body EXCITING! I am loving it!
As we already left the harbour at 5pm, I didn’t get to see much of Madeira. Well, I saw the landscape from the ship and when we drove through the streets I could also get an impression. It is nice, but..hmm…didn’t really win me over. However, as I said, I didn’t spend too much time “on land” ;-)
So, day 4 is already over and I can say that I am yet again a lucky girl. It’s a great ship, I have a lovely team and I don’t get sea sick!!(yet).
Tomorrow Gran Canaria!