Posted by: Gary Guertin | April 18, 2017

39 World Cruise – Cadiz, Spain–Apr. 15, 2017

Hi All, (Written Apr. 16, 2017)

Cadiz, is one of Spain’s most beautiful ports, and one of our favorites. This is our third visit and probably our best, although the first two were in 2011 and 2012, and we remember great experiences then.

First the history.  This city/port is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western world.  It sits on a peninsula on the southwestern tip of Spain and is almost entirely surrounded by water.  It’s history began in 1100 BC when the Phoenicians founded a trading post there.  It later was controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port.  It is best known, however, as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of the Americas.  Christopher Columbus left from Cadiz on his second voyage.  In recent years it has become a port of entry into the south of Spain, some fishing industry, and a long memory of ancient times when it was a port of entry for the Conquistadors bringing back their hordes of gold.  It is the gateway from the ocean to Seville and Jerez el la Frontera (the center of the sherry industry).

Why do we believe this was our best visit?  It was Good Friday and after a stroll through the streets we got a sidewalk café table right across from the main cathedral.  We hadn’t been there long when we were told the Good Friday procession would be passing right in front of us as they entered the cathedral. As you will see it was beautiful, and that plus Susy’s shopping MADE OUR DAY.

Let’s look at this great day in Cadiz, first the port:

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Look up close at the old cathedrals, churches, forts, etc..:







As we walked through the streets to the cathedral plaza I took these shots:






We finally arrived at the cathedral plaza:


Sitting at our table across from the cathedral, Susy started talking to two young ladies, because she heard their Argentina accent.  It turns out that one of the girls was born in General Roca, Rio Negro, the same city as Susy (what a small world).  Here’s the two:


Finally the Good Friday procession, which started and ended with bands playing religious music.  Here’s just a few photos to give you and idea of what we saw over about and hour of the procession filing into the cathedral:



The procession was mostly many hundreds of men, women, and children dressed in the ancient costumes of "penitents" (someone looking for forgiveness from God for their sins). 



And the carriage of Our Lords body:


And the scene of the Virgin Mary



This was a beautiful procession and the ceremony that followed within the cathedral I’m sure was just as beautiful.

That was it for this wonderful day in Cadiz.  The skies were clear and the temperature in the low 70’s, a perfect day for a perfect port.  Here’s one last photo of Susy as we headed back to the ship, so you can see how happy she is with what we experienced:


Next is Casablanca, Morocco.  If I’m able to post this in Funchal the next and last port before we reach home, I want you all to know that I will post these last two ports and my cruise wrap-up sometime after Apr. 26th.  Until then,

I Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

P.S. Ships Port Sign:



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