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This time it’s the cruise on Ventura, in just a few days’ time. We got a letter from P&O today explaining that the port authorities at Funchal (Madeira) are worried about congestion. This year is the 500th anniversary of the founding of Funchal, and they have arranged a Tall Ships regatta from Falmouth to Funchal; this is scheduled to finish between 1 October and 3 October, i.e. during our call there. Funchal port authority have now said that there will only be room for one cruise ship per day during that period, and as a result our call on Ventura has been put back 24 hours to 6pm on the 2nd of October. The newly ‘spare day’ on the outbound leg has been filled with a call at La Coruna (northern Spain), and to make up for that our call at Lanzarote in the Canaries has been cancelled.

This is a bit of a pity, as I’d much rather go to Lanzarote than La Coruna, especially as we are definitely still calling at Vigo, also in northern Spain, on the way back. Not many cruises call at both ports, usually it’s one or the other. Both are good gateways for the excursion to Santiago de Compostela, the main attraction in north-west Spain, but I’m not sure anyone would want to go there twice in a week or so.

But never mind: we’ll still be on a cruise, the number of ports of call stays the same, and we’ll enjoy it.

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