The last port of call on our transatlantic cruise on the Celebrity Constellation was Alicante Spain. It was a lovely city with mainly modern buildings, and city squares with tables and food in the sunshine.
The main attraction was the Santa Barbara Castle.
“It’s one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and covers the complete summit of the Benacantil Mountain. Originally built by the Moors in the 10th century, the castle received its name from the conquest of King Alfonse the Wise that took place on 4th December 1248: Saint Barbara’s day ” This is a photo of the great hall.
They added on to the castle 3 times over the centuries and it is huge. We wandered along the walls and the arches of this ancient site. This is a photo of their sundial, a very unique timepiece on the top of the castle walls.
In my imagination I could hear the bells ringing to tell the village dwellers below that the evil invaders were coming into the harbor. I can see them grabbing whatever they could hold and running up the switchbacks to the castle for protection. I hope they did not have to do that too much.
Next stop for the cruise ship was Rome, our destination.
We will reach Madeira tomorrow morning. The sea has been calm due to our captain’s skill and some luck. Here are some photos of the cruise ship. The slot machines in the casino called Fortunes is a lie….that is where my pennies are being swallowed everyday! The art on this ship is unusual ( see the bird pulling the worm out of the ground photo) . And there is a photo of the wake of our ship from the stern. Hope you enjoy these glimpses of life on board the Celebrity Constellation.
We have been advancing our clocks one hour for the last 5 of 6 days. This is jet lag on a ship. I must admit it is easier than a 9 hour advance that would have been done on a real jet trip to Europe. We are looking forward to our first port after 8 days at sea. We have been enjoying the crossing and taking some ipad classes on board. Amazing how much I do not know about how to operate the ipad that I have had for 3 years! We are missing Brian, doggies and family. More photos will follow. The connection and price of internet in the middle of the Atlantic ocean is astronomical.
The clouds seem to be different here over the Atlantic Ocean. We are in the middle of a giant area of water and the clouds are very white and very fluffy. If you stand on our balcony you can see them being blown across the horizon by the wind. Here are a couple of photos for you.
Life onboard ship: we do not normally eat in the dining room when we sail. It usually takes 2 hours to get served and to eat. The main dining room is crowded and noisy. We prefer to eat in less time and whenever we are hungry. This varies each day depending on when we have awakened and when we went to sleep. So we normally eat up in the Oceanview buffet. This is the best kept secret on the Celebrity Constellation. At the back of the buffet are these two handsome guys who will grill fresh fish, salmon, steak, chicken or a pork chop for you. Your dinner is hot and the vegetables are crispy. My favorite meal is a fresh Caesar salad, broccoli and carrots, and grilled salmon. Yum, and healthy on
top of it. I find the desserts in the buffet not great so I normally skip that problem. OMG, I might lose some weight on this trip! What a surprise.