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    Heading back towards the parking place we return to our transport, and on reaching edge of the town paused to admire the view. From here you can see the town in context, nestled under the headland, and with the cathedral impressively high above the town rooftops.



    The story our local guide had told us recounts how King Roger II had been caught at sea in a violent storm and, fearing for his life, declared that if God saved him he would build a magnificent cathedral in gratitude. He survived, and so the cathedral was duly built.

    Perhaps having visited it we would encounter fair seas for the next stage of our own voyage!
    But first, I will have some more images to share, taken around the ship later that afternoon.

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      Beautiful continuation. Such a wonderful idea to do a Mediterranean Cruise at this time of the year. Could be a good idea to do something similar one day!
      By the way - was Serenissma well booked?
      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        Yes - the cruise had appeared as "fully booked" on Noble Caledonia’s website. The passenger capacity is quoted as being 110. There were 91 of us including the 3 NC staff and 1 guest lecturer. Some travelling alone had paid extra for a double cabin, either from choice for a bigger or differently situated cabin, or because the single ones were already booked (including my early booking!).
        Last edited by Seagull; December 14th, 2014, 16:23.

      I have eventually managed to update my deck plans. The on board "You are here" plans from Seagull's snaps, now appear as "Serenissima 2".
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      Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
      Deck plan geek.

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        Excellent Clipper - great to have them all conveniently in one place.



      Another lifeboat picture...



      ...and zodiacs. This particular Mediterranean cruise was not advertised as an especially active / adventurous-landings type of trip, hence perhaps the cautious decisions and excursion adjustments, but we did use them once - the following day in the Aeolian Islands.

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        I seemed to have become fascinated by patterns and shadows in the sunlight.

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          Photographers with an eye for a picture are usually fascinated by light and shadow textures of layer upon layer of old paint on the traditional ships, but now on Serenissima it is that smooth sheen which again caught my attention.

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            Looking up the stairs outside on the aft deck.




            Sitting out on deck reading in the afternoon - and drawing and painting too.
            Last edited by Seagull; December 21st, 2014, 15:35.

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              Tea and coffee - and the cookie jar - is always available in the Andrea Lounge, but there is also a set daily time for afternoon tea. As we were all back from our excursion that afternoon, there was a particularly tempting array of open sandwiches and cake.




              Here the chairs and tables have been tidily arranged for the evening, but earlier we had all gathered here for the first lecture of the trip, entitled "Island hopping with the hero Odysseus". Our classics lecturer Kath’s engaging style of presentation, at the same time erudite and entertaining, was an absolute delight.

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                I hadn't taken many photos in the dining room up to this point, but now the light - and the combination of daylight and the lamplight - was very appealing,











                The tables were already set for dinner. There were a few variations in the colour of the tablecloths and serviettes on different days and meals.

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                  Another photo of the Harald Jarl Lounge. Here you are looking through towards the small library area in the corner, starboard side. As well as the book cabinet there is a computer terminal, and the Noble Caledonia staff based themselves there.



                  It was a good opportunity to attempt a wider panorama shot, combining two photos.

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                    Later in the evening I was strolling on deck, when I realised that the Grandi Navi Veloci ferry was not the one I had photographed earlier. This one is SNAV Lazio (ex-Pride of Portsmouth, ex- Olau Britannia).




                    Such a lovely time of evening. I was back in panorama mode out there on the aft deck.




                    My last photo that evening. Later, after dinner, Serenissima set sail for the Aeolian Islands.

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                      I love high cakes! (#713/1). And I love your pictures!
                      Regards; Sigve.
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                      IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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                        Such a lot of great pictures. Even - i am repeating myself - if that interior design is not my style, i like this to-be-onboard-with-you feeling very much. Good to know, that the ship was well booked. We were wondering, because all the ship pictures are nearly without passengers. But i told Regine, that normally you are very patient to catch exactly that moment.
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                          Ralf, it was actually BECAUSE it was fully booked that there aren't people on the more general views! It was all quite different from my voyages on the normal Hurtigruten, or on Fram, or a cruise ship like on Discovery. Everyone was doing the same thing at the same time! And photographically speaking I like to have a few people in the context of their surroundings, but not TOO many. Most of my photos were taken very early morning when I tend to be up and about or at those in-between sort of times when most folk were taking a nap or dressing for dinner. Or socialising in the bar/lounge later in the evening when I always went out on deck before a relatively early bed-time.

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                            It's time to tell you that I'm here...., watching ;-)
                            I've been on a cruise now for several pages, and it's so interesting. Thank you for telling me a story and bringing me along Cecilia!
                            I could comment on many images, but let me just say that I could well walk around there with my Pentax for a week, being 100% dedicated to photography. I like the architecture very much.
                            Then, I wonder what we did here in Norway when the Greecs built temples, amphies and other things 420 BC....? I guess we were cavemen :-)
                            A detail from post #679; In a strange way, the fruit and vegetables sales woman fits perfectly in the scene with that cigarette in her mouth :-)
                            And #712, the gathering of people reading and writeing on deck...., I just can't help expecting Alwyn and June Crawsahaw at a table there. (Two artists I like very much, specially Alwyns work).
                            Well, I just wanted you to know that I follow you Cecilia, even though I don't comment each post ;-)
                            Thank you!





















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