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January 10th 2020
Published: January 10th 2020
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Madeira Blog 8th January 2020

We left Southampton on the 4th January heading to the balmier waters initially of Madeira before we head across the pond to even more calmer waters.

Four sea days to Madeira and the six sea days to our first Caribbean port of call of Barbados Having visited Funchal on a number of occasions its good to reacquaint to some of the picturesque areas of the Island.

The island lies west of Morocco and north of the Canaries and the day before arriving we have already seen whales and dolphins as we head into warmer waters. As this is post Christmas and New Year, they still have the decorations up (they are up until Easter).

Our last visit was during their famed flower festival, todays visit they are prepping all the gardens, a nice walk up to the Jardins da Quinta Vigia stretches your legs before heading into town for a coffee and the famed pastel de nata - a lovely custard filled tart.

After a walk through the streets and along the sea front back to Aurora it was an evening sail away which took us down the coast of Madeira before heading west to our next port of call - Barbados.

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12th January 2020

Good luck
Hope you make Barbados. We missed out on that stop in 2018 due to bad weather.
19th January 2020

We had three and a half days here, should have been 2. Med emergency. Too busy - 6 ships at one stage

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