Day 103–Mon., Apr. 18, 2011–At Sea

     After departure from Cadiz we set out on a southwesterly course to Madeira.  The Madeira archipelago was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century.  At this time the islands were still uninhabited.  After its discovery, the islands have been mainly under Portuguese sovereignty  All islands in the madeira archipelago are of volcanic origin.

     I entered two of my paintings for the art show and then went for breakfast.  We slept in this morning.  It was a kind of hanging out, doing laundry, and get caught up day.  Ray did some of the sports.  I went to the photo awards ceremony, but I didn’t win.  HAL Chorale had its final rehearsal today and the performance will be on Wednesday, weather permitting.  The Captain made an announcement that after leaving Funchal tomorrow we would probably have rough seas.  We were supposed to go to a cocktail party tomorrow afternoon, but that was also postponed because of the sea alert.  Bonine here I come!

     We were invited to cocktails and dinner with the Captain tonight in the Pinnacle Grill as it was formal night.   It was very nice, but I didn’t like the menu, except for the Filet Mignon.  The menu was Salmon Tartare, Frappe of Tomatoes soup, Truffled Lobster Fricassee en Croute, and for dessert a trio of Ginger crème brulee in an Asian spoon, Poached pear & Frozen Banana Souffle or Cheese & Crackers.  They gave us a wine cork.  The thing we missed in the dining room was feather boas and hats for the roaring twenties party in the Crow’s Nest later on.

     After dinner we went to the show to hear Dale Kristien, star of Phantom of the Opera, sing.  It was very enjoyable.  Our gift for the evening was a Delft plate showing our voyage.

     We set the clocks back one hour tonight.

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