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  • Seagull
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    Back aboard.



    Naturally I'll be taking the late time for buffet lunch - it's now nearing time for departure, and that also involves more ferry-watching. Specifically the arrival of Moby's Giraglia.

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  • Seagull
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    How about this for a picture of Serenissima and the fortifications! (...and that 'troll-face' from the other side!)



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    By the time I've had breakfast and gone ashore, a ferry of the competing line Moby has arrived, loaded, and is about to depart!

    One of those motorised mini 'trains' has been organised to take us up to the town. (The word 'troll' would doubtless have come into it had we been in Norway, and I must admit thinking about a troll's face in profile earlier!) At the top I also joined the walking tour in a small group with a brilliant guide who strolled with us on a delightful route, exploring the narrow streets and taking us to the most interesting churches which I might otherwise have missed. I had sussed out a nice café stop, which kept D happy. While some chose to take the train ride back to the ship, a few of us reunited with the guide to return to sea level, enjoying breathtaking views on the way. Every possible combination of activities had been thought out to enable everyone to make the most of their morning in Bonifacio, which really felt like a long relaxing day. After saying goodbye to the guide, we sauntered along past the yachts in the marina where we chatted to a man and his son who had sailed to Europe from Melbourne, Australia! And I had more time to look at the rocks in detail.

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    This photo was taken from the 'train' as it wound its way up to the town.

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  • Seagull
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    Serinissima is going to turn so will be port side alongside and facing in the correct direction for departure.







    Only after I've seen us tied up do I even think about breakfast!

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  • Seagull
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    The lights of the ferry terminal come into view. There is Blu Navy's Ichnusa which operates across to the port of Santa Teresa di Gallura in Sardina. The ferry is said to have excellent seaworthiness in adverse weather crossing the strait, much due to its stabilisation system.




    Our arrival had been carefully timed to fit with the ferry's timetable.


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  • Seagull
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    Day 5 – 4th October 2017 – Bonifacio, Corsica, France.

    It was my first visit to Bonifacio, and indeed to Corsica. And what a visit - this is (yet another) example of the special experiences of cruising on a really small ship!



    Bonifacio is a fortress town sitting spectacularly on top of the high ground of a promontory which protects the sheltered harbour behind it.
    Even a modestly-sized cruise ship, such as Ponant's Le Lyrial that was also in town later that day, anchors and tenders her guests ashore. But Serenissima gets to make a grand entrance into the harbour and moor alongside at the ferry terminal. So I think it is well worth me illustrating this in perhaps rather more photos than I might normally include.




    I was up early and positioned on the foredeck observation platform as the ship rounded the headland, and as I looked back even managed to capture the lighthouse showing its light! Quite an achievement considering the distractions of the magnificent geology! - but there will be ample opportunity to scrutinise that later. Meanwhile I turned and looked forward at the silhouette of rocks and fortifications against the sunrise-reddened sky.
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  • Seagull
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    Clipper! - you found it before I'd got round to sending a Deck Plan Geek alert!
    I think that's it for deck plans, but I'll continue with the day-by-day photos of and from the ship as soon as I get back to 'normal'.

  • Clipper
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    Cecilia, thank you for this account , and especially for the deck plan back at #1328. I haven't been here for a while and only just found it.

    321 certainly does have a cracking bathroom!

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  • Seagull
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    Oh those enticing early morning smells would definitely be from the ship's galley these days - they make delicious bread, buns, cakes etc. now - more so than when you were aboard.

  • pakarang
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    Really love these early morning views, it's almost as if I can actually feel the warm breeze and smell the croissants from the local nearby bakery... (or perhaps it's from the ships restaurant?)....

    Image 1345/1 is awesome and reminds me of the ship as seen in the past, an early morning at Port of Trondheim awaiting another north- or southbound voyage.

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  • Seagull
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    Well, the day had turned sunny and warm, we visited the Napoleon places, relaxed in picturesque Porto Azzurro, and strolled through vineyards, enjoying wine and local delicacies outside overlooking the sea in an idyllic setting.

    In the early evening moody cloudscapes return as Serenissima sets sail for Corsica.


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  • Seagull
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    Can you see Sea-Troll in the port hole on the extreme right of this photo? He is showing you the position and size of cabin 321. Look how far along the next porthole is! It's the cabin's bathroom!



    There is clearly another deck 3 no-see-through porthole on this photo, but I really wanted to show you something on deck 4, on the right.



    Here is a close up. It is faded, and I had to adjust the contrast quite a bit so you could read "merry XMAS"! I wonder how long it has been there - which era of the ship's life even.
    Rather wonderful and emotional.

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  • Seagull
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    Our gangway is nearly in place. That van is port security.
    Then, just as officials were welcomed aboard to clear us, I make my way to breakfast.







    No barbed wire or wire fences, just a gap in the plant tubs.

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  • Seagull
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    Suitably refreshed, I find a perfect location for a photo of the ship and her destination - really the main aim of my contributions to this ship thread.



    We won't need to use the zodiacs today! She'll be docking right here in the town, just as she was used to doing at many a Norwegian port...

    ...though the port guys are so less used to a ship like ours and it is so interesting to see and hear instructions from our deck crew and from up on the bridge wing.

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