We docked today at a reasonable time. Even more important, we docked at the pier closest to the city which put the ship on the walkable side of the port. It was the other side last November when we port called here necessitating a bus ride as the sidewalks ended at the freeway entrance. Not so this time. We could walk out if not interested in the shuttle bus, striding past the closed information center before arriving at a set of well tended cafes and clothing shops.
You can see our pier clearly on the map along with the second pier toward the edge.
I strolled along following the City Center signs, past several roundabouts –
all of which seemed to have something or other to do with boats and/or fishing.
Considering that this port call was arranged on only a few days’ notice, the ship managed to come up with access to some of the standard tours (ride a camel & see a volcano; wine; bus around the island; hike across a lava field). I am thinking that these are essentially the same type of tours that were offered when I was first here in 2012.
I stopped at La Playa – source of cheap, schlocky tourist goods –
because: Hello? Flamingo!
Found the toy store I remembered from the last time and picked up a couple of jigsaw puzzles, then wandered back to the ship.
The passenger decks are 4/5/6. The eight or so cabins that are on Deck 3 are technically not in use. Since I am not the only one who originally booked one of those cabins, we are assuming that they are being held for isolation, quarantine, or treatment in the case of an outbreak on ship. Failing that – some of the senior crew might just have better digs for the crossing. As the ship is sailing no where near full, I suspect also that it is just easier not to have to assign crew to clean 1 or 2 cabins separate from the rest.
I didn’t spend all that much time off ship. None of the Canary Islands are COVID free and I saw way too many ship’s passengers not wearing masks off ship. So I will be back to masked for the duration of the trip when out of my cabin and will probably choose dinner out at the grill or use room service a lot. I have no intention of getting stuck in Portugal for a length of time rather than be on my flight on the 1st….
and I am so not discussing the almost 200 stitches I had to pick back out of the LongDog sampler..