This is a review I did of a very eventful cruise on Celebroty Century 1n 2007.
We left Barcelona and travelled overnight to Villefranche a port between Monaco and Nice on the Riviera & took a scenic coach ride around the sights
The next stop was Malaga in Spain were we took a trip to a mountain village which was much nicer than staying in the city, while in port ambulances met the ship and several people who were either ill or injured were taken away.
That night we sailed through the straights of Gibraltar on route to Madeira, at about 3am we were woken by a loud noise,
a helicopter had been dispatched from Spain to take off yet another seriously ill passenger.
Our day in Madeira was met with torrential rain and flooded roads but that was the only real bad weather the whole trip.
The next evening during dinner several announcements were made asking for a gentleman to contact any member of the crew urgently, this was repeated several times.
Later on after midnight some people in adjacent cabins were awakened shown a picture and asked has anyone seen this man, it appeared that someone was missing and a search of the ship had not found him.
The next day we were told that he had not been seen since the first day on board, he had not left the ship at all(everyone is logged on and off electronically with a sea pass) and his cabin had not been used, he was never found.
I have read somewhere that about 50 people a year go missing from cruise ships, this man had apparently insisted on a cabin with a balcony so maybe he had decided to end it all in style.
Two days out into the Atlantic I was sitting on our balcony at the stern of the ship watching a beautiful sunset.
I suddenly realised that I should not be watching the sun setting has we were sailing westwards and the sun should be setting over the bow of the ship.
I turned on the TV and tuned to the map showing our progress and sure enough we were sailing in the wrong direction away from the USA back towards Europe.
Then the Captain announced that we were making for the Azores to off load a seriously injured passenger who needed urgent hospitalisation(I suppose given the age profile on board this is pretty common..
Later on it was announced that we were to be met the next morning by a US Navy warship who would take off the passenger in mid ocean.
In the event three people, one injured and another two seriously ill were taken off along with their families and tendered over to the other ship which was a helicopter carrier USS Wasp on the way home after three months at sea.
It was quite a sight as they were leaving the ships company lined up on deck to give us a farewell salute, some of the Americans on board said that a least their tax dollars are occasionally put to good use. .
The rest of the trip went smoothly and we were only 3 hours late docking in Miami which was pretty good considering all that had gone before.
We met our American friends and spent a very enjoyable couple of days together, .