Friday, January 04, 2008

Holiday - Day 13 - Ilhabela

38 degrees C, Thunderstorms predicted.

We got up around 8 and had breakfast in the Restaurant. We decided to have a final round of crazy-golf as it looked as if the whole ship was going to get off and visit the island of Ilhabela. However, it was too hot to play, so we headed for the tender!

Wow! What a beautiful place!! Plenty of shops, restaurants and bars - and very clean too!

Boy, is it hot. It touched 38 degrees C when we landed. We quickly found a bar and afterwards took a walk around the bay. We found a restaurant and somehow managed to order a seafood platter and drinks. The prawns were the biggest we'd seen and together with chips made an excellent lunch.

Payment-wise, Ralph to the rescue as the whole island only took MasterCard! I guess it was obvious as we looked around - MasterCard symbols on everything from waiters' t-shirts to some of the road signs.

Just as we finished lunch, it started to rain. So we headed back to the ship. Once back on board, we headed for the Windjammer restaurant which was strangely quiet.

Then, back to the cabin to begin packing for disembarkation tomorrow. We managed to get the exit-time changed from a scary 7am departure to a slightly more sedate 9.20. It means that we'll only have about 6 hours to kill at the airport.

It's been a great holiday, although the cruise line was disappointing in many respects. Still, we have plenty of stories to tell and photos to show...

Christmas Holiday Blog ends...

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