Thursday, May 3, 2012

Across the Atlantic

It's been a month since we returned from an incredible 12-day trans-Atlantic cruise. The ship was the Seabourn Odyssey, embarking from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and sailing eastward to Lisbon, Portugal. The Odyssey made only one stop for an afternoon in Funchal, Madeira.

Pictures really do say more than words. Mere words cannot explain it all, nor express the beauty of the ship, the utter blueness of the sea, the sunsets, the exquisite food, and the staff who were determined to make every passenger's trip the best ever. The nearly 400 passengers/400 staff ratio allowed us to get to know not only some wonderful new friends but also some of the crew on a first-name basis.
Sunsets like this...every night!

Nigerian Shrimp - This is a dinner plate, with one split shrimp!
An incredible warm chocolate souffle.  The waiter cut it open and spooned in the custard at the table.

The main pool and deck area - a gathering place during each sunny day.  And all the days were sunny.
Water everywhere - and we didn't get tired of it.  The days flew!

So grab a cup of tea and visit to see many more photos. You will find a whole gallery of food, more ship photos, and some shots around Funchal and from the tram that took us up the hillside for a bird's eye view.

In Funchal

We invite your comments, here, on Smugmug, on Facebook,anywhere - we're pleased to be able to share this journey with you.  Did we like it?  We loved it!  Would we do it again?  In a heartbeat! You might think that after 12 days on a ship we'd be ready to go home. Quite the opposite - we were sorry to have to leave this new little world we'd found; so perfect, so delicious, so friendly!

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