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Final Day On Board AmaVida

Day 7

We set off early to sail back to Porto, our final destination for the cruise. We arrived into Porto 10am, and headed off for our city tour by coach and walking, this is a great way to see the sights as it is quite spread out. We stopped off at Porto’s Cathedral which at the time had a Mass taking place, it was very grand and had great views over the city. Our next stop was the Sao Bento Train Station, which had a stunning tiled interior that showed scenes of Portuguese history. We also drove down the Avenida dos Aliados, where there were lots of of shops and art noveau buildings dating back almost 100 years. Along the way we also saw Robeira district UNESCO World Heritage Site a famous and lively area of the riverside. Porto is such a pretty city and the docking location of the ship gives you the extraordinary views over to the city.
Our last stop was the home of Burmester Port Wine, with a tour of their original cellars and tasting of three of their Port Wines, a white, tawny and ruby port.
After lunch onboard we had free time in which we walked around the port area, other options were to go back to the city centre by a complimentary shuttle bus, or you could try the cable car right besides the port, it costs 5 Euros for a single ticket or 8 Euros for a return, this would give you amazing views over Vila de Gaia and Porto.
We had our farewell drinks in the main lounge where we were able to say goodbye to all of the staff onboard and to see some of the staff who work so hard behind the scenes. We went for our final meal which I think has to be the best yet……I went for mushroom quiche to start while Alison chose smoked ham salad, we both opted for the roast lamb with roasted potatoes and green beans and then ice-cream to finish.

We went up to the main lounge to have one last drink before bed and ended up dancing the night away with some guests we have met during our stay. What a perfect way to end the cruise.

It has been such a great week, so many places to see and experience……..how often do you get the chance to dine in a converted 13th century monastery, over indulge in port wine and see breathtaking scenery while relaxing onboard a beautiful ship!

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