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  • yvneac
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    Me too.Learn about exotic birds with experts onboard must be great!

  • Clipper
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    Ooh, watercolour group. I'd be in double-heaven.

  • Seagull
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    Some guests had joined a watercolour painting group, and here beginners were encouraged to experiment with mixing colours and brush techniques.




    Later as the ship moved on to our next destination, the really serious birdwatchers lingered out on the aft deck. This couple were amazing, and so very kind in communicating their expertise, pointing out details and differences in bird species and showing me things that I would have missed entirely. Lists of species seen during the trip started to appear on the notice boards near Reception and always drew a crowd A delight of this kind of small ship cruising is the way staff and guests come together in sharing experience and enthusiasm and enjoyment with each other.

    It's already time to go indoors for a lecture on "The History of Costa Rica - Why Costa Rica is Costa Rica".

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  • Seagull
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    Birds also figured in the dining decorations!




    ...and flowers too.

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  • Seagull
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    One activity that would have figured in the excursions came to us instead of us going to it - birdwatching.




    I'm not seriously into this kind of photography, but this simple snap seemed a promising start.




    Well, in a seaside situation we have most of us aimed our camera at large numbers of ...err ...seagulls flying around, but I had a wow moment when I realised what I was looking at here!

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  • Seagull
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    As guests finish their breakfast and venture outside, we seem to have reached that moment that happens on every Serenissima cruise when, looking down forward from the bridge wings, someone asks "How do I get down there?" I usually think it's easier to accompany them than explain, especially if reaction to mention of 'the starboard side' fails to inspire confidence!




    I'm looking down from the observation platform, and now a senior officer is out on the foredeck looking to sea and adding weight to my earlier prediction.




    So it was probably around this time that the Captain announced that we wouldn't be able to land.
    It meant we wouldn't get to see Lake Nicaragua, but on the whole, a more laid back relaxing day was probably no bad thing. We had been to ports where going ashore individually was scarcely possible, the distances to the places of interest and the excursions longer than would be the case in other parts of the world, and there would be lectures to catch up on, and photos to sort out and share.

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  • Seagull
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    The ship is anchoring - we are supposed to use the zodiacs to tender to the jetty, but with the prevailing wind direction I am betting we won't land here today...



    ...despite this relatively benign view, the particularly clear blue sky (though it changes rapidly), and the pleasant temperatures out on deck.

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  • Seagull
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    Day 9 - 30th January 2017 - San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.


    We had arrived off San Juan del Sur, and the sea was looking considerably choppier than it had the day before in Corinto.











    The windy weather prompted me to attempt a photo of the Nicaraguan flag!
    Last edited by Seagull; August 20th, 2017, 17:28.

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  • Seagull
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    I can SO absolutely imagine that "cautious and careful" ...Hugs, and so much thanks.

    I'd seen on AIS that the K was in Rørvik when Serenissima past by, and knowing the situation at Ila… well, you should have seen my utter amazement when I first saw you had c-gull-wings images.

    There's neither words nor a smiley-emoticon thingy for how I felt then, and am feeling again now.

  • pakarang
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    Looking at the new images, there is definately a bit of me that wish I was still working on cruiseships and perhaps even a small one like the Serenissima.

    Looking at the scenes, there is a sense of understanding the moment and remembering my own time saling around the world.

    The smells, the sounds, the excitement and the colors.... all things I miss sometimes when saling back and forth a dull Norwegian fjord.

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  • pakarang
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    I think I may have mentioned before that ILA is not a good location for the c-gull, with a lot of magnetic interference and other disturbances.

    But knowing that at least you would enjoy these images, I did my very best to obtain the images - you should have seen how cautious and carefull I flew that day. I literally had the haert in my throat throughout the entire flight.

  • PoloUK
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    Jumping? Looks like he's being thrown!

  • ombugge
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    They need a Pilot ladder on the tug to climb DOWN to the ship?.
    "Fender jumping" is strictly against ISM and HSEQ.

  • Clipper
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    Cecilia, thank you and sorry for not catching up properly. "Pacific" is clearly stated twice on page 81. My real problem is that I don't have time to visit CV so often these days. Too many other competing activities (I would say "interests" except many of my activities right now are not at all interesting).

  • Seagull
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    A drive of an hour and a quarter took us to the town of Leon, once the capital before Managua. There was much colonial architecture to admire, with many streets of single storey houses as well as numerous churches and a magnificent 18th century cathedral. I also liked the 1930s Art Deco architecture of the City Hall. After our wanders, many of us cooled down with local refreshing beer in a pleasant café on the main square.



    Returning to the ship







    I took a couple more ship photos before heading for the lounge for a lecture entitled "A Simple Explanation of a Complex Geology" (having promised the lecturer not to ask too many difficult questions!)

    Before dinner it was time for an extra mandatory safety briefing, as on the following days we would be making a number of landings in the zodiacs. Sometimes to a small quay or jetty, but also directly onto tropical beaches! The next destination in Nicaragua promised fishing village, colonial town and freshwater lake, and the emphasis would continue to shift towards the "Natural Wonders" of the cruise's title when we continued into Costa Rica.

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