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Congratulations on getting your certificates for crossing the Arctic Circle and becoming a Blue Nose.  We were on an NCL cross many years ago when we crossed the Arctic Circle -- got nothing.

 

Wonderful reports -- pictures and videos are still great.

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2 hours ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

Congratulations on getting your certificates for crossing the Arctic Circle and becoming a Blue Nose.  We were on an NCL cross many years ago when we crossed the Arctic Circle -- got nothing.

 

Wonderful reports -- pictures and videos are still great.

 

Thank you , we think that's one of the differences that sets HAL apart . The newer NCL ships are just too big and busy for our tastes .

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The area where we took photos of the puffins . We didn't see any buses from the cruise ship when we were ashore .

 

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Super photos and videos.

Thank you for the link to the puffin camera.

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I loved listening to the captain talk! While going to get on a tender at Lerwick, he was standing at the top of the stairs and I had an opportunity to chat with him. I wanted to chat with him longer but I figured the people behind me would push me down the steps!

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9 hours ago, erewhon said:

Super photos and videos.

Thank you for the link to the puffin camera.

 

Well thank you . We hope that you enjoy it .

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Congratulations on joining the Arctic Circle Club.  Love the pictures of the ponies and puffins.

 

Krazy Kruizers, thanks for your kind words.  Yes, I've taken several cruises with dear friends/family since his death, but, as you can imagine, it's not the same.

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14 minutes ago, sevenseasnomad said:

Congratulations on joining the Arctic Circle Club.  Love the pictures of the ponies and puffins.

 

Krazy Kruizers, thanks for your kind words.  Yes, I've taken several cruises with dear friends/family since his death, but, as you can imagine, it's not the same.

 

Thank you , imagine a puffin sitting on a pony .

 

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10 hours ago, AnnieBelle said:

I loved listening to the captain talk! While going to get on a tender at Lerwick, he was standing at the top of the stairs and I had an opportunity to chat with him. I wanted to chat with him longer but I figured the people behind me would push me down the steps!

 

We did here him several times a day , and saw him several times on shore when we were getting off the ship . Seems to be a very nice and competent man . Here's another announcement made during final boarding :

 

 

 

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I can only imagine the work that you put into your journal postings. Thank you again for doing this. 

 

Ann

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9 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

I can only imagine the work that you put into your journal postings. Thank you again for doing this. 

 

Ann

 

You're welcome Ann and thank you for for writing in . This one is a little easier than the last one where I lost or misplaced my note pad  ( I think on the plane ) . 

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We stopped at an overlook

 

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I think that it was Spiggie Beach

 

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There seemed to be a pod of seals working on their tans

 

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We walked around the car park and down to the beach

 

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Chris told us that he drove some people around when Amazing Race was filmed here ( Episode 3 Season 25 ) . This is one of our favorite shows , both to see places where we have been and places we may like to go to . Here's a spoiler link or better , you can watch it on TV or online .

 

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I don't think that it was shown on TV but he said that they slept in tents on this beach .

 

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2 hours ago, cat shepard said:

I have seen water this color in The Keys and in the Caribbean. Beautiful.

 

Yes ! I've been blessed growing up diving and surfing in South Florida especially many years ago in Miami when the water was more clear and a lot fewer people lived there . We're fortunate to live about an hour from Ft. Lauderdale and have been able to book some last minute " dive cruises " at a good price . Our first HAL cruise was one such cruise .

 

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We left the Margaritaville crowd to go diving and have a quite lunch .

 

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The view from the Restaurant

 

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We never saw water like that in Florida

 

 

 

 

 

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On the rocks

 

 

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2 walkers on the beach

 

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We did make a last stop for fish and chips which we ate overlooking the ferry terminal . Chris did a very good job and we would recommend him .

 

Last views of Lerwick

 

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Headed for the open sea

 

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When NCL went to Freestyle cruising, we left them.

 

Love the reports and all the pictures and videos.  The ponies are so adorable.  Really appreciate you doing this for us.

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1 hour ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

When NCL went to Freestyle cruising, we left them.

 

Love the reports and all the pictures and videos.  The ponies are so adorable.  Really appreciate you doing this for us.

 

We went on the old NCL Dream mainly for it's itinerary . 2006 was our first Baltic out of the beautiful Port of Dover

 

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And 2007 we went to Glacier Alley in Chile .

 

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We're glad to do it , especially for kind people like you .

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Weather report called for rain

 

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Outside looked nice at the port entrance

 

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Nice light and scenery in the Cromarty Firth

 

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We slowly passed a number of oil rigs that we here for repair

 

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Where we've been in the rear view mirror

 

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