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CRUISING AROUND CAPE HORN ... and other places

 
 
margo
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jul, 2006 02:28 pm
G'day again, hbg

Really enjoying your travels! Just enough detail to be interesting!
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hamburger
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jul, 2006 06:38 pm
thursday , april 13 - mindelo , cape verde islands
ship's log : -11:28 am - safely docked
- 7:53 pm - unmoored
- 8:12 pm - commenced sea voyage

today we'll be going ashore in mindelo/cape verde islands . certainly far away from everything ! the islands are located in the north-atlantic , about 600 miles west of dakar/senegal .
there isn't much going on on the islands . they are trying hard to bring in some tourist business , but there isn't much infrastracture and it'll be difficult to interest tourists to come here - but we did get here Shocked !

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the rocky islands rise starkly out of the sea
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harbour pilot coming aboard (in an old dutch motorboat)
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takes two people to tie up the 'rotterdam' ,
one worker - one supervisor Very Happy
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ocean going tug hoping to be called into action
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'the castle' - formerly the residence of the prison governor
(the island was at one time used by portugal to house mainly political prisoners)
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sailors have left their marks on the quai
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'the pink palace' - formerly the residence of the island governor
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crew of the german (passenger) sailship 'alexander von humboldt' have left their mark
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back aboard - one of the many beautiful flower displays to be found all over the ship
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the harbour lights make a beautiful display at night
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hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 04:00 pm
friday , april 14 , praia/cape verde islands
ship's log :
07:32 am - safely docked
11:50 am - unmoored
12:06 pm - unmoored

it was a short overnight cruise to the port of praia ,
this is a rather obscure little port ,
there was no bus service into town , but a long walk Crying or Very sad ,
it was also good-friday and we were told that pretty much everything would be closed ,
to top things off , it was quite hot - about 35 C - and humid ,
so we decided to stay aboard for the few hours the ship was docked .

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to entertain ourselves , we watched the crew during their fire-drill
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new crew members being shown lifeboat procedures ("children and women first ! " - but what about me Question Shocked )
the guy on the left better pay attention !
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inspecting our lifeboat ; those numbers represent one person each Exclamation
best not to wind up between two large people or it'll get a little tight
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good bye , praia !
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 04:30 pm
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I really like this.

Street art!
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hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 05:46 pm
the whole quai was covered by this art courtesy of passing sailors .
it seems that many of thhe ships were supply-ships , sailships or sail-training ships - not many regular cruiseships ; how the heck did we wind up there ?
starting in 2007 holland-america line ships will call on dakar/senegal instead .
hbg
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Seevetaler
 
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Reply Fri 14 Jul, 2006 01:53 pm
I like town-sightseeing on festive days. It's much cheaper than on normal days Very Happy Seev.
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Clary
 
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Reply Fri 14 Jul, 2006 02:21 pm
Amazing. What a fabulous trip, and great photos.
I remember my husband, when working in Immigration Branch in Hong Kong, had to deal with the Cape Verde island representative and put together reciprocal travel agreements - don't think many Hong Kongers went there!!
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hamburger
 
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Reply Fri 14 Jul, 2006 06:32 pm
hope no one minds some comments about the difficulties we ran into when trying to visit the cape verde islands .
we had booked our cruise - which required us to get a visa for brazil . we were told that chile would levy an 'entrance fee" at the port of entry (santiago airport) . we were told it would be US$ 40 , by the time we arrived it had been raised to over US$100 Crying or Very sad .
two weeks before we left our travel agent phoned . she was quite frazzled . she had just received a fax from holland-america line , that informed her that we needed a visa and a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entereing the cape verde islands - even if we would not leave the ship Exclamation
i found out that it would be impossible to obtain a visa within two weeks . i also found out via website that a visa could be obtained upon landing in CVI . turned out , we didn't need one Very Happy .
i checked the CDC website and it advised against yellow fever vaccination at our age - would require close medical supervision for two weeks etc .
we were almost ready to cancel the cruise .
i phoned our local health unit and was told not to worry ; they would issue an 'exemption certificate" .
(it turned out that there was some friction between CVI and brazil , that's why CVI insisted on vaccination for anyone coming from brazil - whether they had been in a yellow fever area or not !!!)
so we got our certificate at no charge and were reassured not to worry .
before leaving rio the yellow fever vac. certificates were collected aboard and our exemption was accepted .
however one couple had not been aware of the requirement and were given the vac aboard ship for a charge of US$ 700 per person Evil or Very Mad - they were not happy , but what could they do but PAY UP .
glad we planned ahead .
hbg
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 16 Jul, 2006 01:10 pm
saturday , april 15
ship's log : strong breeze , rough seas , partly cloudy skies

another day to relax at sea ,
tomorrow we'll be arriving in the canary islands , one of europe's favourite vacation spot .
(as my brother-in-law says : "great vacation spot , so much like germany . we have a german backer , a german butcher and the german newspaper arrives every morning . in the spring it's much like germany with sunshine !" Confused )

sunday , april 16 - santa cruz de tenerife , canary islands
ship' s log :
- 12:05 pm - safely docked ,
- 9:30 pm - unmoored ,
- 11:06 pm - commenced sea voyage

one of the canary islands comes into sight
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the pilot boat has just dropped of the harbour pilot and returns to shore
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tourism in action ! what a little music and dancing won't do for tourism .
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we'll be going on a bus tour to 'tanagana' on the other side of the island .
there isn't much tourism on that side of the island since only a narrow and twisting mountain road connects the tourist area with 'tanagana' .
the young locals enjoy zooming up the road with a girl on the pillion -
as we quickly found out
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some beautiful old farms and estates .
the land had to be terraced to make farming possible
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a rest stop .
bread , goat cheese , red wine ... and orange pop - the locals mix it with the red wine Rolling Eyes
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our guide told us that only a few people are still working on the farms , much better employment can be found in the tourist areas and there fore farming is slowly dying out
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on the way back we stopped at the church of the "black christ" - the church shared a courtyard with the local police station and we were asked not to take any picturs outside - the local police is rather jumpy (and grumpy Evil or Very Mad ) we were told
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sat 12 Aug, 2006 07:11 pm
last posting july 16 ?
the last four weeks just seemed to float by !
trying to get back on track now .
hbg
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monday , april 17
arrecife , lanzarote , canary islands
ship's log :
8:19 am - safely docked
7:00 pm - unmoored
7:18 pm - commenced sea voyage
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today we are visiting another one of the canary islands .
we decided not to join a guided tour , but just walk around town , stop for
coffee , visit a church , do a bit of shopping (some nice european soap and
local candy , we are the last of the big-time spenders !) ,
it was interesting to compare their stores and super-markets with what we have
in north-america .

the city itself seems rather non-descript but we enjoyed the 'unscripted'
outing , don't need a guided tour every day .


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outside the fort - mrs h holding up "loot" that we captured using the
"piece of hardware "
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plenty of signs telling you where to go !
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an interesting corner
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inside one of the old churches - beautiful and artistic altar
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commemorating two "cannon-balls" , no doubt Smile
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before re-boarding the 'rotterdam' we check to ensure our lifeboat is ready for launching at a moment's notice
(i'm sure you've heard of the command : "women and children first !" -
well , that includes me - in one way or another )
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a british cruiseship arrives in port
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ahhh , that's life !
i had to get up to take the picture - no crew-member available !
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tomorrow will be another day at sea and on wednesday the "rotterdam" will dock in cadiz , spain
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 13 Aug, 2006 07:29 pm
tuesday , april 18
ship's log : near gale , rough seas , partly cloudy skies

tonight's show is the "crew farewell show" - always a a very enjoyable event followed by another great dinner !

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let the show begin!
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deja , our assistant maitre de (he made sure we got a special order of dutch herrings - matjes Smile )
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our two great table stewards - amin and ibrahim ,
they looked after us as if we were their children that hadn't had a decent meal in a while , a jewish mother couldn't have looked better after us
("why don't you have some more meat ? don't you like it ? should i bring something else ?"
mrs h and i often shared one dessert , that really puzzled them at the beginning of the cruise
"why don't you each have a dessert , there is plenty in the kitchen !
we explained to them that we didn't like food wasted and they both agreed with us .)
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a great time was had by all !
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noel , our wonderful wine-steward
(i asked him how he got the name of 'noel' ; he explained that he was born at christmas and that his mother had insisted that he be named 'noel' - much to his regret ! )
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after dinner we set off for several rounds of the promenade deck to enjoy the fresh sea-breeze - and try to walk off a few calories Laughing
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 03:13 pm
wednesday , april 18 , cadiz/spain
ship's log :
- 6:30 am - port pilot aboard
- 8:00 am - safely docked
- 5:15 pm - unmoored

today we are arriving in cadiz and will visit the city of jerez ,
a tour of the sherry producer gonzales byass (tio pepe sherry)
and lunch (plenty of refreshments , we've been assured Laughing ) at the winery are part of the tour

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after an interesting tour through cadiz , we drive out to jerez where we are being welcomed by tio pepe himself
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this way please - we just follow the smell of the sherry Smile ,
even the slower tourists are suddenly picking up their pace Smile
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one of the beautiful old churches across the winery ,
people seemed to be more interested in visiting tio pepe rather than the church Confused
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there seems to be plenty of sherry for everyone
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a beautiful mosaic showing the wine growing regions
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plenty of warehouses to store the sherry
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i'm always intrigued by the beautiful stonework - even though it's a little difficult to walk on (particularly AFTER the sherry tasting Laughing )
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after arriving back in cadiz , we left the tour and walked around the beautiful city on our own
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watched the street musicians - the second fellow took up a collection and most people responded generously - it was just a great afternoon
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after finishing our coffee and mineralwater , set off for another little walk through old cadiz
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mrs h decides that it's nice to visit here ... but home is calling
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another farewell dinner ... much waving of napkins , handshakes , hugging ... tomorrow night we'll have to cook and serve dinner ourselves if we want to eat Crying or Very sad
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one more look at the dining room entrance ... our fourth cruise on the ms. rotterdam is coming to an end ...
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at the entrance to the dining room : a model of the old ss. rotterdam (now retired) on which we made two cruises , a great old lady , a true oceanliner
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the suitcases are tagged and packed ... we'll be leaving the rotterdam at 8 am in lisbon/portugal tomorrow morning , april 20 ...
should arrive back home by late evening ( turned out to be 2 am friday - but no luggage was lost !) .
btw i took a pix of all our luggage in case a piece should go missing , might help in later identification
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thanks for coming along !
we thorougly enjoyed our trip - with highs and some lows -
hope you had some fun coming along !
hbg


the ms. ROTTERDAM , our home for thirty-three days
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Seevetaler
 
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Reply Tue 29 Aug, 2006 03:06 am
Hi Hamburger

It was a pleasure to read your cruise-report. Sometimes it was a review of places, we visited on our cruise with MS ASTOR some years ago, We also enjoyed the sherry-tasting at tio pepe.

Are you already planning another cruise? I'm looking forward to your next report! Very Happy

Waving to you and Mrs. Hbg.
Seevetaler
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 29 Aug, 2006 10:21 am
I've very much enjoyed your cruise photos and commentary, Hamburger..
thank you for the effort behind this thread.
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margo
 
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Reply Tue 29 Aug, 2006 08:52 pm
wonderful! hamburger!
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hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2006 12:43 pm
thanks for all the praise , guys !
i'm sure it's going to make my head swell Laughing !
i really enjoyed picking out the pix and supplying a bit of commentary .

i've done some more editing on the pictures - resizing and highlighting - and want to burn a new dvd .
however i find burning my own dvd a bit of a struggle . i've tried both the window-xp and the nero versions and have not been successfull yet .
i think i'll see if i can find a detailed (step-by-step) instruction manual to help me .
any suggestions anyone ?

i'll probably have a 'post-script' in another month . (ehbeth and gang will be arriving this weekend , so there won't be much fiddling around with the computer ).
hbg
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satt fs
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 07:20 pm
Nice pictures. I will enjoy all the pictures later.

I believe this shows it was a very fast boat..

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hamburger
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 07:24 pm
the ms. 'rotterdam' has a cruising speed of 20-22 knots .
what you are seeing are the waves that were running up to twelve feet high - but still pretty smooth cruising - stabilizers help.
hbg
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 07:26 pm
Good story-teller, that hamburger.

And the pix are great fun too!
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satt fs
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 07:59 pm
22.0 knots = 40.744 km/h = 25.323 MPH. I think this is a fairly rapid speed of the ship. :wink:
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