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  • Seagull
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    Thank you so much. Complicated busy morning so I was hoping and depending on you coming up with something!
    That is one amazing viewpoint!. (and reminder that my Norwegian ports bookmarks need a major overhaul!).

  • ombugge
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    Here is the webcam picture you are missing: http://alesund.havn.no/images/webcam...es/K27/K27.jpg

  • Seagull
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    Serenissima has now arrived in Ålesund.
    This morning she first sailed to Runde, as I recollect her having done on previous cruises. You are used to my trip reports featuring 'just me' out on deck early in the morning, but I expect this would have been very different. The details I have for this cruise encourage the guests to "Be on deck early this morning as we cruise by the bird cliffs at Runde, one of the largest nesting cliffs in Norway and home to half a million birds. More than 240 different species have been observed here including puffins, gannets, razorbills, and Northern Fulmar."


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    In Ålesund, Serenissima has Berlin and Silver Wind for company.


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    Fellstua webcam www.smp.no

    I expect many of Serenissima's cruise guests will see this view for themselves later in the day.
    Tomorrow they will be in Olden.

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  • Seagull
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    Trondheim Havn webcam

    The gangway has been erected...


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    Trondheim Havn webcam

    ..and now the first guests are going ashore and taking their bus for the morning excursion.

    Although it is only a short visit for the guests, before lunch and a relaxing afternoon at sea, I am sure they will have truly discovered the spirit of Trondheim on their visits to Nidarosdomen, the museum at Ringve, and from the Sverresi viewpoint.
    Last edited by Seagull; July 20th, 2018, 17:46.

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  • Seagull
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    Then I was watching the Trondheim Harbour webcam and was ready for Serenissima to come into view. What a lovely sight.


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    Trondheim Havn webcam


    It all felt so realistic to me that once I'd seen Serenissima had moored at the Tourist Quay I went off to eat my breakfast (including porridge and some streaky bacon) just as I would have done had I actually been aboard!

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  • Seagull
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    For once Korsfjord was at the Flakk side of the fjord and had just left at the vital moment!
    And I can tell you that our Captain was on duty and took a picture between these AIS captures of mine!

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  • Seagull
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    In a post a week ago, when still catching up on my 1987 cruise, I mentioned that, in contrast to Mediterranean, Serenissima was in the far north and calling at places in Russia like Murmansk and Archangel! That cruise itinerary ended in Tromsø, and with a new group of guests our Harald Jarl is currently heading south along the coast of Norway. Today she paid a brief visit back home in Trondheim!

    I felt nearly as excited as when I'd been there to see her arrival on the occasion of her very first return there as Serenissima. Having recently travelled to Trondheim on Spitsbergen, my virtual experience today was almost like being aboard ship! I even woke up this morning when she was at the same point along the fjord that Spitsbergen had been when I'd woken, hurridly dressed, and gone on deck ready for the Flakk/Rørvik ferries!


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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by Seagull View Post
    Epilogue:

    Perhaps one cannot ever be truly aware of 'a last time' at the point of it happening. Or even at the point of writing about it.
    Never say never!

    Anyway, latest news update... look out for "Islands on the Edge" May 2019!
    What a wonderful closing to a wonderful trip report!

    These images is truly telling the story of the ship as she is now, and I'm so pleased you got to put in some "working" photos too. The navigator in me keeps looking at such images with great interest, speculating at what they are doing, what they have been told and why they do as they do (not that they are doing anything wrong). It's actually satisfyingly interesting to at least me.

    I feel a close connection between SS Norway and Serenissima: two extremely different ships, but two ships that have a great meaning to me (together with Kong Olav), ships that will never, ever again be built.

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  • pakarang
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    AMEN! ... to that, Clipper!

    The only people at the time which showed an interest in the ship was Indian and Bangladeshi scrap-metal merchants, and the one person who decided to save her. It was a nail-biting time, and I did not think the outcome would be good. Thank heavens that I was wrong and that the ship still sails on to many beautiful destinations all over the MED!

  • Seagull
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    Epilogue:

    Perhaps one cannot ever be truly aware of 'a last time' at the point of it happening. Or even at the point of writing about it.
    Never say never!

    Anyway, latest news update... look out for "Islands on the Edge" May 2019!

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  • Seagull
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    There will be another group of cruise guests arriving that afternoon, and it will be a busy day for the crew getting the ship ready to welcome them. Busier than usual - this crewman had the most challenging job on deck 6 aft, climbing up at numerous places around the deck and pushing up and down on the awning to dislodge the pooled rainwater.




    And then the gangway is ready...

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  • Seagull
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    Another heavy downpour had turned these stairs into a cascading waterfall, though it had eased off somewhat by the time I took these photos



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  • Seagull
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    Bari is the port for the larger cruise ships calling in this region, and convenient for turnaround too as the airport is nearby. A small group of the cruise guests were taking an NC-arranged hotel extension for a few days, which would include an excursion visit to Alberobello which I had visited on my Serenissima cruise in 2015. The rest of us would be bussed to the airport and onto a direct flight to London Gatwick, where I had booked a hotel and convenient flight to Edinburgh next day.

    I was amused by an unaccustomed pre-breakfast flurry of activity in the corridors as guests emerged to intercept their luggage that had been ready for collection outside their cabins, and retrieved packed waterproof jackets!




    There would for sure be no one taking breakfast on the aft deck today!



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  • Seagull
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    Day 12 - 11th October 2017 - Bari, Italy.

    The weather seemed to know it was the end of the cruise because it was raining after days of pleasantly warm sunshine! In a slight lull between downpours, I poked my camera out, hoping to avoid leaning on the wet railing too much, failing to keep entirely dry, but managing to capture the pilot in mid-stride.







    I stayed undercover to take this image of the ship and nearly deserted quay and I am so very pleased with it.
    The subtle soft scene and somewhat melancholy mood, an appropriate Goodbye Serenissima image, for it was the first time I had departed that ship without having a 'next-voyage'.

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  • Seagull
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    Later, on this the last night of the cruise, I was blessed with a superb skyscape. Very Italian, very dramatic.
    Is it perhaps fanciful to see that diagonal twist of cloud as a mooring rope, its loop on the right, about to be loosened from its quay of cloud?


    Serenissima too loosens her moorings and heads along the coast, a distance of 110 nautical miles to the much larger port of Bari, as increasingly dramatic dark clouds presage what awaits us next morning!



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