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    I have to say that I love that first photo in post 1331... maybe it's the colour, the composition, or just the fact that this is one strong memory of her in my mind, from the time she was sailing Norwegian waters.

    So awesome to see that due to her size, she is able to get in to places none of those giant ships are even remotely able to get into.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      Day 3 – 2nd October 2017 – Calvi, Corsica, France.



      The Chief Officer was on duty next morning.

      I get my first view of Corsica, a new destination for me.


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        The pilot arrives...

        ...and the pilot boat rapidly moves off.




        Half an hour later - the pilot leaves Serenissima.


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          We joined the walking tour excursion around Calvi, during which there were views of Serenissima from the fortifications.


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            I think I mentioned somewhere that D had taken ALL the organised excursions on the cruise, but I had forgotten the one exception that afternoon. Although there had been ample free time to relax over coffee at a quayside café, he had decided to return to the ship for lunch and remain aboard, rather than either staying in the town or joining an excursion to the Saleccia Botanical Park. He had probably done enough walking for one day, and botany isn't really his thing anyway.

            I managed to take this view from the zodiac while returning to the ship to have lunch with him, before joinging the group on the botanical visit.





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              After everyone had returned to the ship from afternoon activities, Serenissima set sail for Elba - Italy - but we will be seeing more of Corsica the day after that!

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              • yvneac
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                Welcome in Corsica! I guess that in the picture number 2 we can see the lighthouse of La Revellata.

              • Seagull
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                Yes Yves, it is!

              Enjoy watching your pictures and reading the text (should've told you more often, but belive me, I'm here).
              The one moored in Barcelona certainly brought memories from our holiday back in 2016, when we spent several days in that city.
              Yes, I once threw a coin over my left shoulder in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome, meaning I'll be visiting again, but I'm more convinced I'll return to Barcelona. What a place! Loved it!
              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              • Seagull
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                I know you are looking in dear friend ...and yes I did think of you in Barcelons. It was just embarking this time, but I had enjoyed the city some years ago on an extended holiday tagged on to ...yes you guessed! ...the F1 Grand Prix at the nearby Circuit de Catalunya. That was before you visited Barcelona, and I KNEW you'd like it .

              Oh, beautiful Corsica! Such a perfect destination for Serenissima!
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                Day 4 – 3rd October 2017 – Portoferraio, Elba, Italy.

                Early morning mood on the bridge. Even earlier than usual, after the slowing down of the ship roused me.




                Serenissima is approaching Portoferraio on the island of Elba.

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                  Surely a sight to delight all Norwegian seamen - and for the rest of us a view you don't get to experience even on ships like Lofoten!







                  Leaving the foredeck, I shall head for the Andrea lounge where there will be coffee and something to eat, for I shall not want to be early to breakfast today - not until we have docked.

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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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                      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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                        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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                          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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                            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.

                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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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.
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