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  • Seagull
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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!

    Last edited by Seagull; August 22nd, 2017, 17:43.

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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.


    Last edited by Seagull; August 22nd, 2017, 09:19.

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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. ♥

  • pakarang
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    If I may, here is an image from a viewpoint above ILA capturing the Serenissima we all love so much:

    2017_06_30 Serenissima IMG_4357 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

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  • pakarang
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    So wonderful to see the continouation of your trip report.

    As you say, this is the essence of small-ship cruising - people are actually communicating between eachother in a more profound way: being it crew or other guests.

    I bet the buffet was inspired by the cook looking out noticing the birdwatchers on the aft decks. Attention to detail!

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  • Clipper
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    Ah, exotic birds!! That would make it triple-heaven

  • yvneac
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    Me too.Learn about exotic birds with experts onboard must be great!

  • Clipper
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    Ooh, watercolour group. I'd be in double-heaven.

  • Seagull
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    Some guests had joined a watercolour painting group, and here beginners were encouraged to experiment with mixing colours and brush techniques.




    Later as the ship moved on to our next destination, the really serious birdwatchers lingered out on the aft deck. This couple were amazing, and so very kind in communicating their expertise, pointing out details and differences in bird species and showing me things that I would have missed entirely. Lists of species seen during the trip started to appear on the notice boards near Reception and always drew a crowd A delight of this kind of small ship cruising is the way staff and guests come together in sharing experience and enthusiasm and enjoyment with each other.

    It's already time to go indoors for a lecture on "The History of Costa Rica - Why Costa Rica is Costa Rica".

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  • Seagull
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    Birds also figured in the dining decorations!




    ...and flowers too.

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  • Seagull
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    One activity that would have figured in the excursions came to us instead of us going to it - birdwatching.




    I'm not seriously into this kind of photography, but this simple snap seemed a promising start.




    Well, in a seaside situation we have most of us aimed our camera at large numbers of ...err ...seagulls flying around, but I had a wow moment when I realised what I was looking at here!

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  • Seagull
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    As guests finish their breakfast and venture outside, we seem to have reached that moment that happens on every Serenissima cruise when, looking down forward from the bridge wings, someone asks "How do I get down there?" I usually think it's easier to accompany them than explain, especially if reaction to mention of 'the starboard side' fails to inspire confidence!




    I'm looking down from the observation platform, and now a senior officer is out on the foredeck looking to sea and adding weight to my earlier prediction.




    So it was probably around this time that the Captain announced that we wouldn't be able to land.
    It meant we wouldn't get to see Lake Nicaragua, but on the whole, a more laid back relaxing day was probably no bad thing. We had been to ports where going ashore individually was scarcely possible, the distances to the places of interest and the excursions longer than would be the case in other parts of the world, and there would be lectures to catch up on, and photos to sort out and share.

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  • Seagull
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    The ship is anchoring - we are supposed to use the zodiacs to tender to the jetty, but with the prevailing wind direction I am betting we won't land here today...



    ...despite this relatively benign view, the particularly clear blue sky (though it changes rapidly), and the pleasant temperatures out on deck.

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