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  • Seagull
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    Great to think you were following me in real time via the webcam!

  • Seagull
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    Goodness Clipper, it's ME who should be sounding apologetic!
    With three voyages since that discussion, it's hardly an excuse that there was not really 'at sea' time giving opportunities to talk to the senior officers on the bridge on this most recent action-packed voyage (and of course not in the Panama Canal). But when I do have more info you can be sure you'll be the first to hear .

  • Clipper
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    Cecilia, sorry for re-covering old ground. I confess I had completely forgotten about #655 etc. November 2014 was during "the difficult years" when I was looking after my mother.

    It would indeed be interesting to know the circumstances under which the stabilisers get deployed, and maybe the captain would be prepared to offer a verdict on them.

  • Azimut
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    I like these pictures a lot, Seagull
    Interesting to see these photos from the trip through Miraflores Locks from the deck of "Serenissima"
    I sat and watched via webcam when the ship passed through Miraflores Locks that day as mention above by you.
    As usual, the pictures are excellent.

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  • Seagull
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    The lock gates at the exit from Miraflores Locks




    A view looking aft from Serenissima’s deck 4 starboard.

    It was shortly after this, when the water level had risen and Serenissima moved on, that Azimut captured a wonderful webcam picture, here at post #1081, showing Serenissima on her way, ahead of Rotterdam and followed by two sailing boats, an excursion boat, and a pair of tugs.

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  • Seagull
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    We are soon in the first section of the locks and have moved directly along to the lock gates which you saw as we entered the canal. Having caught up with Rotterdam in the other channel I turn round to include her on the photo.



    On our starboard side there is the Miraflores Locks visitor centre (which I had visited on the way back from the previous day’s excursion, and is where the webcam is situated).



    I had decided to quickly relocate to the aft deck to see what else has entered this section of the lock with Serenissima, watch the entrance gates close behind us, and the water level begin to rise. I am sure I wouldn't have managed to see all that had I been aboard a big ship like the Rotterdam!

    And that's not all, for soon I wander back to the foredeck observation platform to watch the lock gates open, and we move into the next section.

    Last edited by Seagull; September 14th, 2017, 18:35.

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  • Seagull
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    Miraflores Locks




    As I head for breakfast, Serenissima moves off ready to take up her alloted position in the queue for entering the canal.




    Here is a view looking back as Serenissima passes beneath the Bridge of the Americas that spans the Pacific entrance to the canal.

    I had seen Rotterdam pass ahead of us and realised that she would be transiting the canal at the same time, but in the other adjacent 'lane' This turned out to be a good pairing given the difference in the size of the ships, with lots of photo opportunities. I hope her passengers also appreciated watching us! Sometimes Rotterdam would be ahead of us and sometimes behind, and it was fascinating to observe the operations for the very different cruise ships. I watched as two tugs were required to assist the Rotterdam's arrival and alignment at the canal entrance. Meanwhile Serenissima now had linesmen aboard, and were simply waiting for the locomotives, or 'mules' as they are called.



    Our crew member, on the right, watches as the Panama linesmen take over on the foredeck.



    Waiting for the mules

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  • Seagull
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    Day 17 - 7th February 2017 - The transit through the Panama Canal

    Early morning on the aft deck - a feeling of excitement and anticipation - lots of shipspotting opportunities with many vessels waiting at go through the canal!







    At 06:30 the pilot arrived. I thought it was delightfully appropriate that he arrived aboard L.M.Andrea, as Andrea was a former name of Serenissima!

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  • Seagull
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    Pakarang, Clipper - such heartfelt comments - we are in love with this ship I think.
    Next I have a particularly thrilling day for you to see!

  • Seagull
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    Well, Clipper, the last mention on the subject of stabilisers was in discussion with yourself in #658 !
    Start reading in #655 here down to my comment in #658.1

    I really should have asked on later voyages about how often and in what circumstances the stabilisers have been typically been deployed. If I get further info I'll be sure to let you know

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  • Clipper
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    Agreed. We were quite pessimistic during the Split arrest period ... then a miracle happened.

  • Clipper
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    To save me looking back at several dozen pages, have we ever had a report on Serenissima's stabilisers?

    At our first sniff of them, we speculated on how effective they might be, but I don't recall reading anything since.

    Seagull?

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  • pakarang
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    What an amazing journey - I find it so wonderful that the ship seems to be doing so well. Imagine her past life as a coastal steamer in Norway, sailing north and south... then at her retirement, she is sailing to exotic lagoons, bays and ports all over the world. The ship could have met her end after the bankruptcy of Elegant Cruises, but thankfully someone saw that she had a lot more life to give. !

    So thrilled to be looking at these images and thinking about the history of the ship at the same time.

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  • Tommi
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    Du borde banta! :-)

  • Seagull
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    Day 16 - 6th February 2017 - Panama City, Panama.

    There could hardly be a greater contrast to the early morning views of the previous days!



    From our anchorage, we transferred by our zodiacs to a pier at the Flamenco Marina. Some guests were taking a morning excursion to see the city, particularly the old French quarter from colonial times. For those wishing to stay ashore independently in the city during the afternoon, or simply visit the shops, cafes and restaurants at the marina, there was a zodiac shuttle service back to the ship.

    I had chosen to take a full day excursion, crossing the isthmus by coach to visit the Canal Expansion Observation Centre in Colon, as well as the visitor centre at Miraflores locks on the return to Panama City.
    The link to my account of the new canal: -
    http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/...954#post203954




    Here is the view from Serenissima when I returned later that afternoon.
    Last edited by Seagull; September 11th, 2017, 12:22.

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