Boarding Uniworld's Queen Isabel

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June 17th 2018
Published: June 27th 2018
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It was a 3 ½ hour drive from Lisbon up the A1and as we came off it near Porto there were toll booths. Arrival at Vila Nova da Gaia was down a steep winding road following a Viking bus after the driver came across it at a roundabout. It was his first time on this transfer and his sat Nav did not seem very helpful. We drove along the quay and pulled in next to the boat. We were boarded 3 at a time up the gangway for safety reasons, I guess it was quite a steep slope and know that gangways collapse as it happened on a Med cruise that we took.
Clearly we were early and just a small group in for lunch. It was a simple green salad, chicken, steak or salmon with fries and ice cream or sorbet dessert.
Although docked at the quay we were moved out for the Riviera boat Duoro Serenity to come in. People seemed to be going off on tours.
We sat up on the sun deck and in spite of views of the town I felt bored and was looking for somewhere to go. There's a cable car to the
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One of 6 crossing from Gaia to Porto
top of the hill so you can walk over the famous bridge but I'm not sure I could cope with the height.
Couldn't check in till 3 and by the time we were unpacked and showered it was way past 4. I asked Ana about buying cigarettes. She said she'd show me, walked me to the tobacconist in yards away, explained what I wanted, he needed cash so she took me to the ATM and then we came back to the boat. What service!
A meeting was set for 6.15 to brief us on safety and the first day. The lad Andre was quite entertaining in a quiet way
7-9;was dinner time and we were joined by Sue and Tony. Again a simple meal but nothing spectacular.


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