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Stowaway on the ms RyndamWow completely fantastic.
As we rounded the southern tip of Florida on our Tampa to Barcelona cruise in March we picked up a hitchhiker. A carrier pigeon from Cuba decided that he would take up temporary residence on the Rydam, where passengers were eager to provide a free meal.
We know our friend was from Cuba because of a leg-band worn on the right leg. The captain did a little research and discovered that Carrier Pigeons are still used in Cuba to transmit election results from outlying areas. Election results - hmmmm! Our friend must have gotten tired of carrying the mail and decided to defect from his/her native land of Cuba.
The pigeon was so happy with the new accommodations he/she stayed on for the entire transatlantic crossing. During our port call in the Azores the pigeon went ashore for the entire day, so we thought we had seen the end of this bird. However, shortly before time to sail our friend came back on-board and continued the cruise with us to Spain. I guess he/she didn’t care too much for Ponta Delgada. We thought it was quite nice!
Our first port of call in Spain was Cadiz. Evidently, the pigeon liked this city as much as I did because he left the ship never to return. I suppose he/she has found a Spanish mate and is leading the good life.
When we return to Cadiz next March on the Noordam I expect to see lots of baby pigeons strutting around Plaza de San Juan de Dios smoking Cuban cigars.
Loved your pigeon story! Thanks!He came aboard in Key West. I tried to get him to clean up his poop, but he just laughed and walked away.
Wonder if someone will notice his leg band and think he flew all the way there from Cuba.
Arewethereyet .... What's the story on your stowaway?
He came aboard in Key West. I tried to get him to clean up his poop, but he just laughed and walked away.Thanks for "the rest of the story".
You've never been put down until a pigeon laughs at you.
Did anyone write down the letters and numbers on the leg band? If so we might be able to find out where he was from.The Captain on the Ryndam said they had looked at the legband and that it was from a pigeon club in Cuba,they had gotten in contact with a pigeon club (can´t remember wich one)9 In the USA ,but they said they were not allowed to contact the club where the pigeon came from because it came from Cuba !!