Columbus re named Calamity..
To start with we were rung to say that Columbus was now leaving from Dover, not Tilbury - apparently they had a damaged propeller and went to Dover to get it fixed. That didnt happen so after our Visit to Amsterdam we were told that we would be sailing directly to Tenerife - thus missing stop at Gibraltar. Ouch. While in Tenerife divers fixed the propeller. Other ports were without incident. On reaching Madeira- at anchor - they started to tender people ashore, weather was a little rough, we changed our minds and stayed on board for lunch. Shortly after they cancelled the tender operation, leaving some 600 people stranded on the Madeira pier on New Years eve. Most got back by 10-11pm in time for the fireworks. Some spent 6-8 hours waiting to re board after it got too rough to tender in the rain. Some ended with cuts, Bruises etc after the failed attempts to re board ship. Tender boats were also badly damaged in the operation when they finally got back they found no food available. On the plus side the on board entertainment was very good even though the comedians should have brought their Zimmer frames. The restaurant on 12 was always a bum fight, to find a table - that might change when warmer weather comes and people can sit outside. The final straw was getting off at tilbury, bum fight again 100 + people told to wait in bar area that hold 30-40. and port Not big enough to handle. The ship was always very clean and service at bars ok, but I think that for most of the crew this was their first voyage. Cant help wondering why can beers are not on drinks packages, perhaps its that they cant water down beer in cans.
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