Spirit of Adventure blog
Cagliari & Lisbon
Staying on the island of Sardinia for our next stop – only further south – we hopped overnight to the port of Cagliari. Regular blog readers will recall that we stopped here a couple of weeks ago on our last cruise, too.
The notable difference this time around was that that our call fell upon May 1st, the ‘Workers’ Day” national holiday; an important date in the local calendar.
The town centre had hence been closed off and prepared for grand processions featuring regional bands, costumes, traditions and, perhaps the most impressive part for me anyway, giant bulls towing wagons filled with locals.
The atmosphere was decidedly festive, and with the procession being just a short walk from where we ‘parked’ in the harbour, easily viewed by those who wished to wander along if they didn’t choose to venture off somewhere else on tour.
The sun shone pleasantly throughout the day and it was a delightful sail-away along the southern coast of Sardinia late in the afternoon/early evening. The following two days were spent steaming gently west through the western Med and out into the Atlantic again, in what could only be described as cracking cruising conditions (sunny, warm, with calm seas).
Lisbon once again acted as our final stopover on this trip and, as with the previous two occasions this spring, delighted us with sunny skies and perfect temperatures hovering around the mid 20’s.
Our final day at sea returning to the UK coincided with the King’s Coronation, and to mark this special occasion on board we pulled out the stops to celebrate everything British…
Guests received special gifts to mark the occasion, adapted restaurant menus, on board shows, bunting, decorations and I was honoured to lead a toast to His Majesty that evening in the Britannia Lounge.
Captain Kim Tanner
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