The QM2 made yet another visit to Madeira today, from Southampton on her first port of call of the 2012 World Cruise.
In this first leg of the 108 night grand journey, the Cunarder is southbound towards the Cape of Good Hope. Afterwars she's due to visit several other destinations in Australia, Far East, India, Midle East, Suez Canal and the Med.
It was almost eight years ago, on the 15th January 2004 that the QM2 made her inaugural in Funchal, first port of call on her maiden voyage.
And what a great event it was, as a crowd of locals, myself among them, wake up very early to witness the largest cruise ship in the World at the time making it's way in the bay.
A special date to remember in my ships enthusiastic life forever.Text & Photos: João Abreu-Funchal.