Please remember tanned skin is damaged skin and skin cancer is still on the increase. All things in moderation, so don't try to get a tan in a couple of days and NEVER sunbathe between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is strongest. Have a lovely time, apparently it's going to snow here at the weekend.
We've just done the transatlantic on Ventura where we stopped at Tenerife on the way across. I can tell you that everyone was sunbathing on Day two and we sailed from Southampton!!! After we left Tenerife it gradually got hotter and hotter until it was in the 90s by the time we reached St Lucia!! Madeira might be a bit damp at the beginning of December but it will probably be warm....hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Thanks for your reply it was very helpful.
In Lisbon the weather can be kind but is seldom suitable for sunbathing in December, you will then drop down to Madeira where you should find a marked improvement in the temperature although they do have a reasonable amount of rain and clouds here. From this point on you will go south west and at some point cross the Tropic of Cancer and I would put money on the fact that from one day out of the port of Funchal you will be able to sunbathe on the ship provided there is no cloud cover. By the time you reach Bridgetown in Barbados any serious tanner should have lost the limpid whiteness of a north European and attained some semblance of apparent health. I hope that is the answer you wanted. ... Neil.
I guess with the North East Tradewinds and the direction of the ship there is little breeze as if the ship is going at 20 mph and the wind is 20 mph it will be completely still ? Any thoughts on this and the general air temperature situation.
Although your assumption is fairly good nothing is as predictable as exact direction and speed of the winds nor for that matter the speed of the ship. General air temperature should rise from 20+'C in Madeira to 28/32'C in the Caribbean. .... Neil.
Thanks for the thoughts - I guess the big unknown will be the cloud cover during the crossing- I know it is an unknown but I can not find any information on what is typical. If you look for typical weather in say Ibiza in July it will say mainly hot, clear skies and very little/no rain - try the same for this latitude of the Atlantic in December and there is nothing. I guess mid atlantic should be low 20's in temperature but subject to variation - as for cloud cover - is it usually cloudy or is it usually mixed or is it usually clear - I do not know.
Hope to see you on deck fighting for a sunbed as we are on this cruise too ! If it is nice and sunny once we have left Madeira and the sea is not too rough then we will be happy ! It is just the early days I am sure will not sbe suitable but once we have reached 200 miles south of Madeira and going across I am hopeful of some lovely days - it is just whether there will be cloud cover or not and that I believe is the luck of the draw. So from Wednesday onwards I am hoping to have the towel out on the sunlounger ! If not then there is always the dance classes and the Jazz Band !!
Look forward to seeing you fighting for a sunbed if there is no cloud cover.