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  • Clipper
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    OMG! Orion is my all-time favourite constellation so combined with Serenissima, I'm in heaven with that shot.

  • Tommi
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    So great to see all the celebrations. And very smart to reserve a table in the middle of the dining room.

  • Tommi
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    People will miss a lot of fantastic views if they stay in the bunk!

  • Clipper
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    Excellent! So D is 21 at last. I feel you captured the moment there.

    "Grilled Salmon Fillet served with Champagne Risotto, Half Tomato, Asparagus and Herb Butter Sauce" has got my mouth watering. I may need nip over to Waitrose and treat myself to a Gressingham "Duck à l'Orange".

  • Seagull
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    D loved all the attention (and the not-having-to-do-anything-himself such as blowing out candles or cutting up the cake!)



    Cake is served, and of course Birthday Boy gets the strawberries!

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  • Seagull
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    And then the lights dimmed, the music played, the sparkler sparkled...



    I waited for the lights to go back on before taking a photo during a further enthusiastic rendering of birthday songs! You can now appreciate the strategic table position, as folk in every direction look to see whose birthday it is!




    Assistant Cruise Director Wendy and Tour Manager Reba from Noble Caledonia congratulate Birthday Boy.



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  • Seagull
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    The meal choices seemed particularly good that evening. Here is an absolutely delicious starter:-
    "Crispy Filo-Cup filled with Creamy Mushroom Ragout and Wilted Spinach".


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    Anticipating dessert AND cake later, I skipped the soup course (I'd otherwise have had the "Red Beans Soup with Bacon Bits" ; D can't digest those kind of beans.)
    So we both continued the meal with the same choice of main:-
    "Grilled Salmon Fillet served with Champagne Risotto, Half Tomato, Asparagus and Herb Butter Sauce"

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    The Baklava was the unmissable dessert choice! So mouth-wateringly yummy!
    Last edited by Seagull; April 13th, 2018, 21:21. Reason: oops ...couldn't spell Baklava!

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  • Seagull
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    Birthday celebrations at dinner always happen on Serenissima! ...they've seen the all-important date on your passport!
    In anticipation of what would happen towards the end of the dinner service, I had reserved a centrally located table for six and ordered a bottle of sparkling wine as an aperatif for the lucky table-mates.







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  • Clipper
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    Ok Cecilia, that's your next challenge - a photo of Sea-Troll sitting in a MOB boat.

  • Seagull
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    nah …he insists it's a lifebelt and he's training for those MOB (mascot over board) situations!

  • Clipper
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    Poor Sea-Troll. Distressing to learn that he needs one of these - https://www.amazon.com/Hemorrhoid-He.../dp/B001V9X4G6 even if it's not quite the right size. That said, his expression indicates a certain enviable tranquility. Maybe he could let me have one of his spares.

  • Seagull
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    It was pleasant relaxing on board after lunch, a grandstand view of the ferries coming and going. Seabourn Encore had already departed by the time we left our mooring, passing the impressive 1930s architecture of the Stazione Marittima.




    Serenissima was heading for Messina in Sicily, where it would be my turn to have been before! But D's day wasn't yet over, and there will be some 'bonus photos' to show you next time.





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  • Seagull
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    After breakfast we joined the morning excursion to Herculaneum. This was D's first visit there, though he had been to Pompeii as a teenager on a cruise with his parents, (but doesn't seem to remember which ship!).
    The superb archaeologist guest lecturer on Serenissima had prepared us well for the excursion with another in his series of outstanding presentations the previous afternoon. His appreciation of geology along with archaeology helped explain the differences between the sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii.









    On leaving the buses on our return to the ship we were directed around a van that was making deliveries. While I hung back taking photos, D was ahead of me and so, appropriately as it turned out, had entered the cabin before I arrived. Talk about excited! It had been decorated for his birthday with balloons, towel creatures, cards from the crew and from the Noble Caledonia team, and other treats. Our cabin girl, already on familiar terms with Sea-Troll, had also enlisted his cooperation!



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  • Seagull
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    Serenissima will fit in neatly to the aft of Seabourn Encore.







    Castle view forward...

    ...but I also like this photo looking aft along deck 4




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  • Seagull
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    It was time to head for the foredeck and preparations for arrival.



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