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

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

  • 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.

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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!

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  • Seagull
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    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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  • 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.

  • 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. ♥
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