Stopping for a drink
Once on the promenade we headed back towards the ship. The restaurants in front of the shopping mall were surprisingly empty and we went in. We sat at a table under their awning and watched the rain now falling again.
I ordered a 40cl Satres beer. Later I went inside and pointed at the Portuguese custard tarts and ordered two. Our waiter told me several times how to pronounce their names in Portuguese but I’m afraid all to no avail.
Another couple from the ship came and sat at the table at the side of us and ordered beers. We chatted about cruises and what we had all been doing on the island, which was not much! The rain did stop as we talked but then started again. We had missed our opportunity to leave in the dry so we stayed for yet another beer.
Back to the ship
The cruise terminal was almost opposite the restaurant and we crossed over and went down the steps that lead to the string of bars alongside the shelter the harbour. A couple of brave souls were open water swimming bag was in forwards.
We joined the long queue passengers waiting to board the ship. It seemed that the port authorities had only one security station open.
Once on board we headed for the Glasshouse to have a late lunch. The menu had changed a lot since our last visit but Boom Boom Shiraz was still available.
I tried the surf and turf but Linda tried the mix of three different dishes called ‘Mini and mighty. My meal was excellent but the popcorn chicken was chicken wings meat without the bones but with the gristle. The wild smoked mushroom pate had one bread stick broken into three and the Beetroot crisps were limp. The trio of houmous had pitta chips that were so hard that breaking them would have required a hammer.
Reluctantly we complained. Our server refunded the cost of the trio after a short explanation of the issues.
Leaving Ponta Delgada
The sky was clearing as Azura pushed off from the cruise terminal.
Here are the views of the harbour and marina as we left.
After we passed the secure buildings (the prison?) …
… I caught sight of buildings with more street art – next time.