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    #46
    Haha! I like that tadpole description, ombugge - especially for the baby version! I assume it just signifies waves and water. The design as a whole (by German artist Feliks Büttner) is said to be inspired by Verdi’s opera Aida, which is set in ancient Egypt. (That could all too easily get us on to Ancient Egyptiian motifs in costumes and stage sets for said opera ...but let's not go there!!!)

    I must admit that despite me thinking to myself "oh look, a Miss Lippy Line ship", I do rather like the simplicity and boldness of the design, and even more so when compared with most other ships' hull art. And it is fun to photograph ...wasn't it our Tom McNikon who caught two ships apparently kissing?

    Anyway, I really came here to say that I now realise I saw AIDAprima in Lisbon just recently, on the 16th of April actually. But this was merely glanced at from a bus, returning from a city tour. I aimed my camera towards the window just as the bus turned off to return the group to our hotel. Birthday celebrations intervened, and I didn't get to a suitable and more impressive viewpoint before the ship left.

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      #47


      But next day we flew to the Azores to board our ship at the port of Ponta Delgada on the largest island, São Miguel. And there the AIDA of the day was AIDAvita, seen here in full-on-lips view from Serenissima's aft deck.




      Later that evening I took a more tadpole-view as AIDAvita rather inelegantly backed out of the harbour under the watchful eye of the pilot boat.




      Serenissima remained in port overnight, and I emerged on deck the following morning to find we were aft to aft with AIDAluna.

      With a full day excursion on the island, including lunch in a local restaurant, a hiking opportunity, and visits to botanic gardens and hot volcanic springs, AIDAluna had already departed by the time we returned. Little Serenissima then set a course for the smaller islands, and would only encounter one other cruise ship before another two on her return to Ponta Delgada at the end of the cruise. But those later encounters were not AIDA ships and belong in other threads.

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        #48
        Originally posted by Seagull View Post
        Haha! I like that tadpole description, ombugge - especially for the baby version! I assume it just signifies waves and water. The design as a whole (by German artist Feliks Büttner) is said to be inspired by Verdi’s opera Aida, which is set in ancient Egypt. (That could all too easily get us on to Ancient Egyptiian motifs in costumes and stage sets for said opera ...but let's not go there!!!)

        I must admit that despite me thinking to myself "oh look, a Miss Lippy Line ship", I do rather like the simplicity and boldness of the design, and even more so when compared with most other ships' hull art. And it is fun to photograph ...wasn't it our Tom McNikon who caught two ships apparently kissing?

        Anyway, I really came here to say that I now realise I saw AIDAprima in Lisbon just recently, on the 16th of April actually. But this was merely glanced at from a bus, returning from a city tour. I aimed my camera towards the window just as the bus turned off to return the group to our hotel. Birthday celebrations intervened, and I didn't get to a suitable and more impressive viewpoint before the ship left.

        Awesome image - lucky you! I really would like to see this one myself so that I can determine if I like the bow or not.
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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          #49
          Some more AIDAprima passing Vlaardingen very early on May 26, 2016


          AIDAprima
          by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


          AIDAprima
          by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


          AIDAprima
          by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


          AIDAprima
          by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr
          View more photo's at my Flickr photostream blog

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            #50
            AIDAprima in Port of Rotterdam


            AIDAprima
            by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr
            View more photo's at my Flickr photostream blog

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              #51
              I actually think this is a great looking ship, the AIDAprima...

              In the beginning I wasn't sure how much I liked that raked bow, but now I think it actually works very vell!

              Great shots - hope she comes to Norway some time soon!
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                #52
                ''AIDAperla'' outbound from Rotterdam



                best regards Thijs

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                  #53
                  notice the 2 pools above the bridge
                  i didn't notice them on the ''AIDAprima'' because nobody was in it.
                  now there was




                  best regards Thijs

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                    #54
                    surrounded by gold



                    which swan is the prittyest?

                    best regards Thijs

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                      #55


                      best regards Thijs

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                        #56
                        offcourse, a single look was to much to ask



                        sure 3 tugs wassn't enough,just throw in a drilling rig

                        best regards Thijs

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                          #57
                          and just as easy add a tanker with them



                          best regards Thijs

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                            #58


                            sharp right to Hamburg



                            best regards Thijs

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                              #59
                              Oh Thijs you have excelled yourself! I was especially amused by #54/2 with the swan and your question, and could imagine adding more giggle-inducing cartoon balloon captions of what the swan is thinking! And then scrolling down through tugs, tankers and oil rigs it just got funnier and funnier

                              That entrance of the oil rig photo #56/2 is absolutely super first class.

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