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  • Seagull
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    DELIGHTED with your keeping an eye on me and Serenissima, pakarang! We have now just left after two excellent days in Tunisia, where today we visited Carthage and had a marvellous tour of the classical ruins and some magnificent Roman mosaics. Now comes some changes due to the situation in Algeria, so are now heading for Sardinia.

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  • pakarang
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    Some recent stalking and I do know that it is not polite or good to stalk anyone for any reason!







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  • Ralf__
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    So good to hear you bouncing around the ship and feeling fine! Have fun!!

  • Seagull
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    well, I have split this trip report into several posts for fear of loosing all I typed, but now I have caught up with the city of Catania. And here they have a very local feeling which reminds me of Edinburgh versus Glasgow or the pride and rivalry of various cities in Norway! And the football thing is in this mix too! Anyway, I think I rather side with Catania as my favourite Sicilian big city. but now I will leave you with a (sort of) puzzle or question...and perhaps it is a clue that as I sit here overlooking the square something makes me think of our dear Captain!

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  • Seagull
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    SERENISSIMA is circumnavigating Sicily in a clockwise direction, and after J-O had seen I was in Palermo, we had a slight change of plan. We would have set off for nearby Cefalu and tendered ashore in the zodiacs, but Noble Caledonia had not really advertised this cruise as one that would use them (compared with some of their islands of the UK and the Norway itineraries.) Plus, as I just mentioned, the first couple of days had been somewhat challenging! So they took us by bus to see Cefalu, and remained berthed in Palermo longer. Then to the Aeolian Islands where I have. Never been before WONDERFUL! And when we departed, that night the captain took a detour so that we would pass the island of Stromboli, which is of course an active volcano! And for the first time in my life I saw a "river" of flowing lava (other than on film or TV.) There was an announcement and folk emerged on deck just like in Norway when an unexpected aurora occurs! And it felt just like that, I mean like something in the sky, because it was so dark one couldn't make out the profile of the mountain. A truly marvellous experience!

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  • Seagull
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    Hello everybody! Can't keep up with everything on the ship wi-fi,but today I have some free time at a delightful cafe in the cathedral square of Catania ...AND they have. free wi-fi. So just a brief update. The first two days were a real challenge for some of the guests because the remnants of that hurricane eventually reached the Med and the crossing from Malta to Sicily was challenging for them...but of course your Seagull was fine! I haven't had chance yet to discuss the stabiliser situation you are all asking about , but will later, AND I think I'll get an engine room visit. I (heart) my cabin, and although (as Jan-Olav says in his account of the maiden voyage, the covered deck 4 is largely a crew area, it is considered ok to reach reception that way when taking the route through the lounge (ex cafeteria) and restaurant would disturb people. Also I can just go up a floor on the aft stair and out onto the flag deck. It is PERFECT!

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  • Seagull
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    ...but so very nice to see that you found SERENISSIMA was there, Jan-Olav Further update below...

  • pakarang
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    Sorry, unable to find a decent webcamera from Palermo Port.....

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  • Seagull
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    The Hotel Manager on this cruise is Irina Alexandrova.

  • pakarang
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    How nice to hear.... all the best regard to you on your magnificent voyage.

    Do you know the name of the Hotel Director now?

    Anyhow - enjoy and bon voyage!

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  • Tommi
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    It's very fine to hear that you're enjoying the fantastic (?) evening in Valletta. I hope that you'll have a fantastic voyage tomorrow.

  • Seagull
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    WONDERFUL! great stalking pakarang! I'm onboard and in a total WOW state about Serenissima ...and the wifi works! So I can already tell you about a change of plan. It was clear from coming in on the plane that the strong but warm winds were causing a bit challenging seas so we stay in Valetta overnight, have our free half day "at sea" in the morning, and our excursion at Agrigento, Sicily, in the afternoon. Did I say I LOVE my cabin #424 ...as does Sea-Troll. Already spoke to Captain Josip Padjen and sent your regards Jan-Olav. (he said something about you being a wonderful person )

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  • pakarang
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    ----- a tiny ship with big water and experiences ahead!

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  • pakarang
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    ----- and the stalking begins!

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  • pakarang
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    Yeay!

    Serenissima dropped by Malta to pick up Lady C!

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