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    Birds also figured in the dining decorations!




    ...and flowers too.

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      Some guests had joined a watercolour painting group, and here beginners were encouraged to experiment with mixing colours and brush techniques.




      Later as the ship moved on to our next destination, the really serious birdwatchers lingered out on the aft deck. This couple were amazing, and so very kind in communicating their expertise, pointing out details and differences in bird species and showing me things that I would have missed entirely. Lists of species seen during the trip started to appear on the notice boards near Reception and always drew a crowd A delight of this kind of small ship cruising is the way staff and guests come together in sharing experience and enthusiasm and enjoyment with each other.

      It's already time to go indoors for a lecture on "The History of Costa Rica - Why Costa Rica is Costa Rica".

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      • Clipper
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        Ooh, watercolour group. I'd be in double-heaven.

      • yvneac
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        Me too.Learn about exotic birds with experts onboard must be great!

      • Clipper
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        Ah, exotic birds!! That would make it triple-heaven

      So wonderful to see the continouation of your trip report.

      As you say, this is the essence of small-ship cruising - people are actually communicating between eachother in a more profound way: being it crew or other guests.

      I bet the buffet was inspired by the cook looking out noticing the birdwatchers on the aft decks. Attention to detail!
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      • Seagull
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        I see I didn't specifically reply to your post at the time, but YES, absolutely. I think these were the days when I especially thought how you would have been in your element liaising between crew and guests in this small-ship scenario.

      If I may, here is an image from a viewpoint above ILA capturing the Serenissima we all love so much:

      2017_06_30 Serenissima IMG_4357 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      • Seagull
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        Thank you SO MUCH for posting this, and for flying your c-gull wings - which I know it can be a bit tricky around Ila - and capturing a special image of Serenissima in Trondheim. She looks so at home with the fortress and Tyholt tower as backdrop - and the sun came out for her, sparkling on the water. ♥

      Day 10 - 31st January 2017 - Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica.

      New morning - new country! We have arrived in Costa Rica. Only a few photos here in this ship thread showing Serenissima arriving in the port, as I had chosen the full day excursion to the famous nature reserve - the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a scenic two and a half hour drive away.


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          Container-spotting! OK, I know this photo doesn't how our ship, but I loved how those guys, dwarfed by the cranes and commercial activity on the quay, enjoyed seeing us arrive.




          Here is the quayside in context, snapped from the excursion bus. It is a busy commercial port located on a narrow strip of land backed by lush forest!

          Last edited by Seagull; August 22nd, 2017, 17:43.

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          • pakarang
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            - and what else in that container photo than the previous owners of Crystal Cruises, and thereby my employer - NYK Lines!

            Even today - I often find myself staring at NYK containers when I see one, and get instantly reminded of my time with Crystal Cruises.

          • Seagull
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            I hadn't thought of that connection! Must keep a lookout when container-spotting in future!

          • janihudi
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            P&O, gone.
            China Shipping ,gone
            Hamburg Sud ,gone
            P&O and Hamburg Sud to Maersk,
            China Shipping merged with cosco,and the name changed to cosco shipping


          Day 11 - 1st February 2017 - Curú National Park and Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica.

          ‘Port’ is not at all the right word for this day’s idyllic tropical destinations as Serenissima will be anchoring off this beautiful coastline!




          The zodiacs will be used to make ‘wet’ landings on sandy beaches.




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            The crew are launching the zodiacs.



            It is then the appropriately qualified members of the expedition staff who operate the zodiacs - a different arrangement from on Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises.





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              We spent the morning walking in the Curú National Wildlife Refuge, seeing monkey species and other animals, but here on the ship’s thread it is the birds that complete another of my favourite photos of the whole voyage, and a great illustration of the delights of small ship cruising.

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                During lunch the ship relocated the short distance to Isla Tortuga for a different kind of afternoon relaxing or strolling on the beach. There is a public beach here, but we had our own designated area with seating. There will be a shuttle service operating throughout the afternoon. As you see there are crew on the zodiacs who have been bringing things ashore. A member of the expedition staff is organising swimming and snorkeling, and crew members have set up a bar and refreshments.





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                  Exploring the rocks at the far end of the beach, I took another favourite photo of the cruise!

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                  • Clipper
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                    This is a real classic. Belongs in Noble Caledonia's brochure/web site.

                  Here is a bonus photo - the last I took that day. (Although we had a barbeque out on deck that evening I seem to have been more busy eating than taking photos!)


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                    Day 12 – 2nd February 2017 - Quepos, Costa Rica.

                    The ship is approaching the port of Quepos where we will anchor.


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                      We use the zodiacs to make a dry landing onto a floating pontoon at the side of a pier. Quepos is renowned as a centre for sport fishing, and the many gleaming white and expensive-looking vessels around the nearby marina add to the general air of prosperity. Quite a fleet of these appeared suddenly and passed at high speed, the resulting bow waves giving one of our zodiacs an exciting and rather less than dry experience!

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