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  • Seagull
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    It was delightful to be able to book a dinner table on the flag deck, as Serenissima
    bid farewell to Santorini and headed for the following day's destination in mainland Greece.

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  • Seagull
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    Here is the magnificent view of Fira atop the volcanic cliffs, seen from Serenissima's anchorage.





    Later the Captain decided that on our departure from the caldera we would make a circumnavigation around the 'outside' of the crescent-shaped island.

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  • Seagull
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    The ship anchored, and local boats tendered us ashore where coaches and local guides met us for a tour of the archaeological site of Akrotiri, and, after a pleasant stroll in the nearby village, took us to the main town of Fira (variously spelt Thira or Thera). The town was teeming with tourists, though I had only spotted one large cruise ship, Costa Deliziosa. Our time was free for the rest of the day, and we were given a ticket for the cable car down to the old port of Skala from where a local boat tender would return us to Serenissima. Some guests were returning to the ship for lunch, while many chose to eat at restaurants ashore. That was also my intention, but, not seeing anywhere that immediately took my fancy in all the hustle and bustle, I strolled along in the direction of the cable car, and decided to take it down to the old port.


    I actually managed to snap a photo of Serenissima on the descent in the cable car!

    Serenissima was anchored well away from Costa Deliziosa, and beyond a headland which was why she had been less visible from the town. The Costa ship's tenders departed directly from the foot of the cable car, and as I strolled to the opposite end of the quayside it became pleasantly peaceful. My instincts had been right - there was a tiny family-run taverna, and I sat happily at an outer table in the shade of an awning, able to order my ideal lunch of a simple plateful of grilled sardines and a glass of red wine.


    View from the taverna


    Serenissima and local tender boat

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  • Seagull
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    Day 4 - 10th September 2015 – Santorini. Greece.



    This port call does require rather more in the way of explanation!
    I was up early that morning, excited as I had not visited Santorini before. Perhaps I was the exception amongst Serenissima's well-travelled guests as it was quiet out on deck. Conversation at dinner that evening seemed to confirm that explanation; at least I could claim that I had sailed into a submerged collapsed volcanic caldera previously - and that in Antarctica at Deception Island!



    At first, at a distance, it almost looked like snow scattered at the top of the cliffs before reminding me of accumulations of gulls' guano, only as it it became lighter and the ship closer resolving into the cube-shaped whitewashed houses of towns and villages.


    Sunrise at Santorini!


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  • Seagull
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    Originally posted by Seagull View Post
    ....Next time I'll most likely just post ship photos here....
    That quote was from my post (#1057) on completion of the very full (excursions in detail) 'trip report' account of my first cruise aboard Serenissima, Sicily and the Barbary Coast” - October 22 – November 8, 2014. (For your reference, it started here.)
    Since then I have taken a further two cruises on Serenissima in 2015 and 2016, and have just returned from a third, in Central America! My circumstances back home continue to be not at all conducive to writing and illustrating lengthly major forum contributions, but I should at least document these earlier voyages of the ship before getting totally out of time sequence. As envisaged, it will mostly be a few photos showing the ship at or near each port of call to give you a flavour of her adventures around the world.
    A cruise aboard MS Serenissima from Istanbul to Venice - "“Byzantium to La Serenissima"”
    2015 September 7 – 18



    Day 1 - 7th September 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey.



    There had been some delays at the airport, and the sun was already low in the sky when I embarked at the port. I was so pleased that it was possible to take my first port photo of the ship recognisably in Istanbul with the domes and minarets in the background!

    The itinerary had been to visit Lesbos the following day, but the island had become the focus of the refugee crisis with migrants arriving from Turkey hoping to continue to Athens and on to northern Europe. The numbers were overwhelming, and riots had broken out with the police. With staff and ships being brought in by the Greek government and UN refugee agency to deal with the situation, the harbour authorites had no choice but to cancel our post call.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34176773
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34182719

    There could hardly be a better illustration of the advantages and flexibility of small ship cruising that at such short notice we were able to set sail to the island of Lemnos instead. Moreover the excellent Noble Caledonia team on board were able to arrange local transport and an excursion visiting interesting places on the island, including a tour of the archaeological site of Poliochni.


    Day 2 - 8th September 2015 - Myrina, Lemnos, Greece.


    Serenissima approaching the island of Lemnos



    Alongside at Myrina port


    Day 3 - 9th September 2015 - Kuşadasi, Turkey.

    A contrast to the previous port, for Kuşadasi is a popular Turkish resort and gateway for visiting Ephesus which teems with tourists, and there are big cruise ships to be seen in the new cruise terminal. (Well, I just used the present tense, but since my visit and writing this now, terrorist attacks and an attempted military coup in Turkey have undoubtedly brought changes.)
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    Serenissima, with Seabourn Odyssey and Riviera. Zuiderdam was also in port.



    Serenissima and Seabourn Odyssey



    Departing Kuşadasi

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  • Ralf__
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    Perspective is cheating here. She is not sooo small!

  • pakarang
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    Oh, yes, I didn't even pay attention to the tugs.... they are as wide as the Serenissima is long! WAOW!

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  • Tommi
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    And look at those tugs! They seem to be quite fat too.

  • pakarang
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    HOLY CRAP!

    That image from the PANAMA CANAL truly shows the difference in size between these ships.

    AND... the HAL-ship (the -Dam ship) isn't one of the "big" ships either!

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  • nari
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    A good example of how small can be more impressive than huge. Great photo, Bengt.

  • Azimut
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    Here she is out of the locks and heading for the next one.

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  • Azimut
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    "Serenissima" in Miraflores locks this morning.
    Expect the Seagull closely tracking the passage and take pictures of everything that is worth taking pictures of.
    "Rotterdam" is also on the way to the Atlantic side this morning.
    "Serenissima" looks so small beside "Rotterdam"


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  • Sigve
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    Thank you, Ralf, thank you.

  • Ralf__
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    Cecilia, thank you for your comments regarding the booking situation. I guess, that she has to be very well booked to earn money, that's why i "keep an eye upon her".

    Sigmund, the trimming argument is a good one, i think. Maybe also that they never know exactly hom many cargo they get in the next harbour...?
    By the way, happy birthday belately.

  • Sigve
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    I think it has to do with trimming. Look at the stern. In many pictures it looks like Serenissima is lower with her bow and higher with her stern. (These pictures are not the best examples, perhaps).
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