Ronaldo at Pico dos Barcelos. Marella Dream.

Ronaldo poses with 15 most important awards

Ronaldo poses with trophies at Pico do BarcelosFootball newspaper A Bola report that Cristiano Ronaldo “took advantage of his presence in Madeira at the start of the year to mark the achievement achieved in 2017 by becoming the player with the most individual prizes in football history”. Rather immodestly he posed at the Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint “among the 15 most important individual trophies, which, along with so many others of lesser expression, are part of the estate of his increasingly stuffed museum in Funchal”. The Portuguese tabloid rather succinctly described “an iconic photograph” illustrating Ronaldo’s  “intimate relationship with success”.
“When I played in the streets of Madeira and I dreamed of reaching the top of the football I could not imagine that one day I would take a picture like this,” the Madeira player wrote this morning, alongside the image he shared on social networks.

Marella Dream debut fails in Porto Santo

The marportsanto blog reports that the 2nd of January saw the arrival in Porto Santo of the “Marella Dream”. The ship was moored, but due to unfavourable weather conditions it did not disembark passengers, raising anchor soon after. This would have been the first visit of a ship of this scale to the island, as well as a debut for cruise operator, Marella Cruise, who despite being a very frequent visitor to Funchal had never been to Porto Santo.
Given its size (243 metres), smaller vessels would have been used to disembark passengers  – an operation that is usual whenever a ship exceeds the maximum size allowed by the size of the port.
It was the first of the 12 ships scheduled for 2018, which will be a record for the Porto Santo. The Marella Dream had arrived in Funchal for the fireworks on New Year’s Eve before heading to Porto Santo.

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9 Responses to Ronaldo at Pico dos Barcelos. Marella Dream.

  1. Susan Turner Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 14:17 #

    This should be Marella Dream not Marbella Dream. Marella is the new name for Thomson Cruises who are renaming all their ships Marella (eg Marella Dream, Marella Discovery, Marella Spirit etc.)

  2. Admin Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 16:57 #

    Thank you Susan – predictive typing is taking over! (although it did come from the portosanto blog – embarrassingly I had spelt it incorrectly on a previous post). Will correct!

  3. Ann Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:14 #

    However, the pic does not look like the Marcella Dream at all, which is bright white. Have pix of it in Funchal harbour at New Years.

  4. Ann Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:15 #

    Sorry, my last post had a typo. Marella, not Marcella!

  5. Ann Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:19 #

    Have posted Marella Dream pix on the Madeira Direct Twitter feed 😘

  6. Admin Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 16:14 #

    Thanks Ann – I have corrected the image here. It seems a lot of cruise bloggers have incorrectly tagged the Balmoral as the Marella Dream

  7. Debs Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 18:46 #

    David – the programme for the Festa de Santo Amaro is now on the Camara website! 11 – 15 January 2018 for anyone else interested.

  8. Ann Friday, January 5, 2018 at 09:42 #

    Admin 👍👍😀

  9. Davidd Friday, January 5, 2018 at 15:13 #

    Thanks Debs- I shall have look now. We are due to arrive on Tuesday morning via EasyJet so please make sure the wind is not blowing too much

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