By Mary Jo
A week ago, I told you about the first part of our recent cruise vacation, which described London and the shipboard experience. Today I want to talk about our three ports of call while we were still in European waters.
Originally we were scheduled to stop in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, then Madeira, then Bermuda when the ship was most of the way across the Atlantic. But Bermuda's landing requirements were so complicated and difficult that the cruise line canceled Bermuda and added in Lisbon as the first stop out of Britain.
Great idea! We visited Lisbon once before on our way to cruising the Douro River in Northern Portugal, the cruise that inspired my book Once a Soldier. I remember it as a hilly city of broad boulevards, which were a result of a devastating earthquake in 1755. The destruction was vast, and much of the city was rebuilt according to more modern principles.