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Norwegian Breakaway

Sea Days 6 and 7

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Life continues quietly at sea. The passengers are up and about and are filling the various events on board. No one seems bored or is having a problem finding something to do.

The highlight of the cruise so far is the food. We have eaten at all of the specialty restaurants and with the exception of Le Bistro - the french restaurant, they have been exceptional. Le Bistro missed on the escargot which were dry and the fish stew which only had six pieces of fish in it. The mostly Philippino wait staff is exceptionally attentive. Our cruise director Dan-Dan is also Philippino and is also very good. We went through Ireland immigration today - two officers got a free two day cruise - so debarking tomorrow should be a breeze. We are fog bound today as we are west of the English channel.

Two nights ago we ate at Teppanyaki - a traditional Japanese restaurant, and last night we ate at Ocean Blue - the seafood restaurant


Posted by rpickett 06:50 Tagged sea and day 7 6 Comments (0)

Norwegian Breakaway

Ponta Delgada

semi-overcast 63 °F

After 5 days at sea, we reached the Eastern Atlantic and arrived at our first port of Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. The origin of the placename, was elaborated by the famous Portuguese chronicler, Father Gaspar Frutuoso, wrote:
“This city of Ponta Delgada is named for its situation located along volcanic lands, thin and not too considerable like on other islands, that lead to the sea, and where later, was constructed the chapel of Santa Clara (Saint Clare of Assisi), which was named the Santa Clara point...”

In around 1450, Pêro de Teive, established a small fishing village that eventually grew into the urban agglomeration in Santa Clara.
The naval Battle of Ponta Delgada (also known as the Battle of São Miguel) took place on 26 July 1582, off the coast, as part of the 1580 Portuguese succession crisis. An Anglo-French corsair expedition sailed against Spain to preserve Portuguese control of the Azores, which had aligned itself with the pretender António, Prior of Crato, thereby preventing Spanish control (it was the largest French force sent overseas before the age of Louis XIV).

We had not signed up for any excursions, so we spent several hours wandering around the city and had a nice lunch in one of the local cafes.


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Norwegian Breakaway

Day 5 at sea

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Dinner was at the Manhattan Supper Club - one of the three main restaurants. A first - we were actually seated at Table 1! I was never sure that table existed on a cruise ship! After dinner, I went to see an absolutely superb hypnotist. I have only seen a similar act one time before, and the artist was incredible!


We woke up this morning to overcast skies but the seas were much calmer and the wind had died down significantly. We watched the cooking demonstration conducted by the chefs at Le Bistro, which is where we are dining tonight and then had lunch at Jimmy Buffets!


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Norwegian Breakaway

Day 3 and 4 at sea

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After another cloudy and windy day, we dined tonight at Cagney's Steak House, which was bustling. A good pork belly appetizer, lobster bisque and a filet hit the spot. The chocolate seven layer cake finished of the dinner - far too much food. Everything was cooked superbly!


This morning we woke up to something new: clear skies and less wind. The upper decks were opened back up and the passengers enjoyed some 'freedom' from below decks!


Posted by rpickett 10:28 Tagged sea and at day 3 4 Comments (0)

Norwegian Breakaway

Day 2 at sea

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We seem to be following a front across the Atlantic. The weather decks are still closed and the relative wind is coming across the upper decks at more than 60 knots. Everyone still seems to be having fun though. The good news - we did see the sun for a few minutes!


Posted by rpickett 11:26 Tagged sea at day 2 Comments (0)

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