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  • Seagull
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    So nice to see your photos of Serenissima, Ombugge. She arrived rather earlier than Sterkoder had expected, and he was located elsewhere getting views of the other cruise ships of the day when Serenissima and Lofoton said 'Hi' to each other. It would have been quite a CVF moment if you and he had happened to be at Skansekaia at the same time!

  • ombugge
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    MV Serenissima at Skansekaia, Aalesund 01. July 2017:






    I missed the arrival be a few minutes, so no video.
    While taking these photos I met another onlooker who had been working on board together with his wife sometime in the 1960's.

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  • ombugge
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    Maybe this should have gone in the Cruise ships in Norway 2017 thread, but since this one has it's own tread I add it here. Less colourful and exotic than earlier posts though.

    MV Serenissima departing from Aalesund 24. June 2017:








    I got video, but that will have to wait until posted on Youtube.

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  • Seagull
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    Day 5 - 26th January 2017 - Acajutla, El Salvador.

    So here I am after our overnight in Acajutla, and the morning light is filtering down at the edge of the quay and making an interesting view from my porthole. No, I am not being sarcastic - I really do find this kind of thing interesting, both the construction of parts of the quay you wouldn't normally see close up, and the angle and timing - sort of sundial effect. Photogenic shadows too.



    After breakfast I'm off on the full day excursion which follows the 'Mayan' route, starting with the archaeological site of Joya de Cerén (where, around 600AD, volcanic ash buried a village Pompeii-style) and ending at Tazumal (also pre-Columbian Mayan and the largest pyramid in El Salvador). In between we enjoyed the attractive rural setting of the archaeological park of San Andrés and lunch and walking tour in the city of Santa Ana.



    My next ship photo is therefore not until Serenissima's evening departure. But it is not yet goodbye to El Salvador - the ship is merely relocating the 150 nautical miles to the Port of La Union.

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  • Seagull
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    Back on board that evening it was time for the Welcome Dinner...



    ...and, to conclude this enjoyble day, here are a couple of courses at dinner that I remembered to photograph!




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  • Seagull
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    Lots of photographs were taken, and a couple of guests who spoke Spanish fluently were particularly popular with the press. Incredibly a whole hour had passed and in the dining room our waiters were watching the last of the activity on the quay while remaining poised to serve lunch.

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    We all must have swarmed into the dining room simultaneously that lunchtime, everyone on a high buzzing with talk of the unexpected show and anticipating the afternoon excursion.
    I particularly enjoyed visiting the town of Concepcion de Ataco with its colourful paintings on many of the house walls - and tasting the excellent coffee.

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  • Seagull
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    Officials come onboard and meet the Captain, and there will also be the 'normal' procedures and paperwork to be done. Meanwhile up on the bridge the Chief Officer recognises me from previous voyages and wants to introduce me to newer staff.

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  • Seagull
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    While all this was happening a group of journalists had arrived and were rushing around clutching press releases, and on board you can always tell that something extra special is happening when our crew come out to watch.


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  • Seagull
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    Amid all the excitement some guys still had to work in the second (or was it third) attempt to maneuver, install and secure the rather large gangway.




    I seem to be doing my own inspection of our mooring arrangements here...




    ...and take my favourite quay-level shot of the dancing.

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  • Seagull
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    Grandstand view!



    VIP seating!



    Increasingly exuberant dancing!

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  • Seagull
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    Some explanations of what was being portrayed in the lively traditional dances were announced, although I think you can figure out that these lads are showing off their nets and fishing catch to impress the lassies!




    They had arrived in the classic school bus which then served as base for costumes and props.

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  • Seagull
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    Day 4 continued


    Arriving in Acajutla, El Salvador




    I'm on deck 4 as we fit in neatly, starboard alongside, next to tanker SC Aquarius before relocating to deck 6 portside to turn my attention to photographing some tugs and another vessel whose name I never got around to making a note of. For suddenly there was a very loud blast of music from the quay and I dashed around the deck to see what was happening.

    El Salvador is really trying hard to emerge from the aftermath of the civil war and develop tourism. This wasn't Serenissima's maiden call here, but we were staying overnight at the port, the first cruise ship to do so, and that was a big deal for them. So our arrival was rather more than a token cruise ship welcome. Considerably more!
    What follows are the delightfully crazy surreal scenes on the quayside - dozens of dancers' colourful swirling skirts, hard-hatted port guys, officials, journalists, press photographers ...and a fork-lift truck dodging around everyone else. Enjoy!

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  • Seagull
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    So pleased to see your webcam captures Bengt, as I wasn't able to be in and webcam-watching yesterday. Here you show Serenissima departing at the start of a cruise that will take her from Tromsø to Gothenburg during the next two weeks.

  • Azimut
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    "Serenissima" departed from Tromsø tonight and set course for Svolvær.

    Photo from Tromsø havn webcam.

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  • Azimut
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    Beautiful pictures of the sunrise from different deck level on "Serenissima"

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