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2012 - STAR PRINCESS - COQUIMBO & LIMA


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COQUIMBO

NEVER HEARD OF IT

MY GUESS IS THAT I DID NOT GET OFF THE BOAT HERE. HIGHLY UNUSUAL FOR ME. I WONDER WHY!

A FEW PICTURES FROM THE SHIP BEFORE MOVING ON TO LIMA..

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LIMA

OR WHAT YOU CAN SEE OF IT...

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THE SCHEDULE HAD ME GETTING OFF EARLY HERE & FLYING TO CUZCO FOR THE TOUR TO MACHU PICHU.
BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, IT WAS FOGGY.
VERY FOGGY.

SO FOGGY THAT THEY AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT LET US DOCK.

THERE WERE QUITE A LOT OF PEOPLE WAITING IN THE LOUNGE WHO WERE GOING ON THIS TOUR.

MACHU PICHU - A ONCE IN A LIFETIME CHANCE TO SEE A WONDER OF THE WORLD & WHERE ARE WE - STUCK ON BOARD.

IT WAS GOING TO BE A THREE NIGHT TRIP. A FLIGHT TO CUZCO, A BUS TO AGUAS CALIENTES, TRAIN TO MACHU PICHU. BUS TO CUZCO,

(THE SHIP MEANWHILE HAS MOVED FROM PERU TO ECUADOR)

A FLIGHT TO ECUADOR AND A BUS TO THE SHIP.

A LOT TO DO OVER FOUR DAYS.

AND DID I MENTION WE WERE STUCK ON BOARD SHIP IN LIMA & THE SCHEDULED FLIGHT HAD DEPARTED.

I SAY SCHEDULED BUT THERE WAS CONFUSION IN THE LOUNGE AS TO WETHER IT WAS SCHEDULED OR CHARTER. IF CHARTER, MAY BE IT WAS WAITING FOR US, OTHERWISE - NOT.

TEMPERS IN THE LOUNGE WERE RISING, AND RISING, AND RISING SOME MORE WITH EACH NEW RUMOUR ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

I THINK WE EVENTUALLY GOT OFF THE BOAT AT ABOUT TWO IN THE AFTERNOON & YES. THE PLANE WAS LONG GONE.

WE NOW HAD A ORGANISATIONAL NIGHTMARE. I SAY WE, BUT OF COURSE I MEAN PRINCESS. WE ARE JUST GOING WITH THE FLOW..

AN OPTION WAS TO CANCEL THE TOUR, BUT THE DECISION WAS THAT PRINCESS & THE SHORE EXCURSION PEOPLE WERE GOING TO BY HOOK OR BY CROOK - GET US TO MACHU PICHU.

AND THEY DID.

WE COULD NOT STAY ON BOARD SHIP AS IT WAS LEAVING SO WE ARE GOING TO STAY IN A HOTEL IN LIMA FOR A NIGHT & SOMEHOW COMPRESS THE REST OF THE TOUR INTO THE TIME AVAILABLE.

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THIS ALL GAVE US A CHANCE TO SEE A BIT OF LIMA...

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AND FLY OUT THE NEXT DAY TO CUZCO..

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Posted by hasbeen 15:31 Archived in Peru Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - MACHU PICHU - GETTING THERE


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AFTER ALL THAT MESSING ABOUT IT WAS A RELIEF TO SET OFF FROM LIMA TO

CUZCO

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A SHOPPING BREAK - ONE I ENJOYED FOR A CHANGE..

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POTATOES?

MAYBE.

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WE CROSS A LITTLE RIVER TO OUR HOTEL...

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WE ARE JUST HERE FOR A WASH & BRUSH UP & IT'S OFF AGAIN...

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THAT WAS SOME PEOPLE WALKING THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICHU. THAT'S A LONG WAY FROM HERE ON FOOT..

WE HAVE NOW SWITCHED TO A TRAIN, OR WE MIGHT HAVE DONE THAT A COUPLE OF PICTURES AGO.

IT FOLLOWS ALONGSIDE A RUSHING RIVER

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Posted by hasbeen 15:30 Archived in Peru Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - MACHU PICHU

ANOTHER WONDER OF THE WORLD


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FINALY - WE ARE HERE

M A C H U

P I C H U

IT HAS BEEN A LONG RIDE & NOW WE WILL SEE IF IT WAS WORTH IT

You tell me .

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WE HAD ARRIVED HERE LATER THAN ANTICIPATED BUT THAT PROVED TO BE NOT A BAD THING.

IT WAS LESS CROWDED & EARLIER THE CLOUDS WERE TOO THICK TO SEE ANYTHING.

THE GUIDE WAS TAKING WAY TOO LONG AT EACH OF HIS STOPS. STANDING IN A LIGHT RAIN LISTENING TO SOMEONE TALK AT LENGTH IS NOT MY IDEA OF FUN. I LEFT THE GROUP AND WENT OFF ON MY OWN. KEEPING AN EYE ON WHERE THAY WERE GOING.

I NEVER DID MAKE IT RIGHT TO THE TOP. IT WAS VERY STEEP & FAR TOO SLIPPY FOR ME. MY GLASSES MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE THE GROUND AND WALKING DOWN STEPS WITHOUT A HAND-HOLD IS NOT THE BEST THING TO DO.

NOW WE ARE HERE, WE HAVE TO GO FIND THE SHIP...

Posted by hasbeen 15:29 Archived in Peru Tagged machu_pichu Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - MACHU PICHU - GETTING AWAY


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MACHU PICHU BACK TO THE HOTEL BY TRAIN WAS MOSTLY AT NIGHT. A BIT OF A LET DOWN, BUT WE HAD SEEN IT ON THE WAY THERE.

the train

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the hotel

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it rained on this trip, for the first time in a long time.

I was not the only one nuts enough to try taking photos out the windows. The people here often have a little ornament on the roof. A bull & bells - to ward off evil maybe.

Anyway I never did get a good picture of one.

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was that one?

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it stopped raining as we got to the airport for the flight to Manta...

we were only in ecuador for about two hours

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Only just made it to the ship on time and the ships staff gave us a great welcome home. Actually coming off the ship to give us towels & drinks. It was quite the performance.

And - was in worth it.

I think so & well done to the Princess staff & shore excursion people who made it happen.

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Posted by hasbeen 15:28 Archived in Ecuador Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - COSTA RICA


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WE HAVE LEFT SOUTH AMERICA BEHIND, CROSSED THE EQUATOR & ARE NOW IN PUNTARENAS COSTA RICA.

I WAS A BIT CONFUSED WHEN PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT PUNTA ARENAS WHICH WE LEFT BEHIND IN SOUTHERN CHILE AND PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA. TOTALY AT CROSS PURPOSES FOR A WHILE.

I AM GOING ON A TOUR TO THE TARCOLES RIVER. THE EXACT SAME TOUR AS I DID THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE.
I ENJOYED THE LAST TIME BUT HAD A THROW AWAY CAMERA AND COULD NOT GET A ZOOM ON THE BIRDS.

HOPEFULLY I WILL HAVE BETTER LUCK THIS TIME

IT DID NOT START WELL.

THE GUIDE INTRODUCED HIMSELF BY SAYING WE WOULD PROBABLY GET TIRED OF HIS VOICE BUT HE WAS PAID TO TALK, & TALK HE WOULD.

AND TALK HE DID.
DID NOT SHUT UP FOR A MINUTE WE WERE ON THE BUS.
THERE & BACK.

ACTUALLY, HE WAS QUITE GOOD.

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Posted by hasbeen 15:27 Archived in Costa Rica Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - NICARAGUA


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NICARAGUA.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT NICARAGUA?

BIANCA JAGGER!

APART FROM BIANCA JAGGER?

NOT A LOT - WHICH IS WHY THIS STOP WAS SO ENJOYABLE.

ZERO EXPECTATIONS.

MORGANS ROCK

TODAYS TOUR STARTS IN SAN JUAN DEL SUR & WE ARE HEADING TO A FARM AND A DAY AT THE BEACH..

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ALL CRUISE LINES HAVE THEIR OWN WAY OF GETTING FOLKS OFF THE BOAT AND ON THEIR WAY TO THEIR EXCURSION.

YOU TRY ORGANISING THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE OF A SHIP WITHOUT A HICCUP.

IT'S QUITE A TRICK REALLY AND SOME HANDLE IT WELL & SOME NOT SO WELL. SOME IT IS A MAD SCRAMBLE & TOTAL CHAOS.

I FIND PRINCESS DO IT WELL.

THEY GET PEOPLE TO COME TO THE THEATER AT A PARTICULAR TIME & THEN SEAT THEM ACCORDING TO THEIR TOUR.

WHEN A TOUR IS READY, EVERYONE IS ALREADY GROUPED TOGETHER & THEY MARCH OFF TO THE WAITING BUSSES ON SHORE.

VERY ORGANISED, VERY CIVILIZED.

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NOW SHE'S HAPPY..

NOW SHE'S NOT...

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IT IS A TAD WINDY HERE.....

WE MEET THE DRIVER & THE GUIDE. NEITHER HAS MUCH ENGLISH BETWEEN THEM. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT NOT LIKE LIKE THAT.

ME - I DO.

IT MEANS I WILL NOT HAVE TO HEAR SOMEONE DRONE ON FOR THE NEXT FOUR HOURS.

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ANY GUESSES WHAT THAT IS?

GIVE UP YET?

CASHEWS. OR RATHER ONE CASHEW PER FRUIT. THAT'S A BUT SURPRISING!

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AT THE FARM WE ARE JUST IN TIME FOR THE MILKING.

ANY VOLUNTEERS?

THIS LADIES UP FOR IT... HOPE SHE WARMED HER HANDS...

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IT'S BEEN VERY HECTIC & MUST BE TIME TO RELAX & HERE WE ARE AT MORGAN'S ROCK,

NOT A BAD LITTLE PLACE

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DOWN ON THE BEACH THE GUIDE SHOWS US TO A LITTLE CABANNA. INSIDE ARE THESE FRESHLY HATCHED TURTLES.

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IT IS NOW INCREDIBLY WINDY & THE BLOWN SAND COULD TAKE THE SKIN OF A SUNBATHER IN NO TIME FLAT.

I GO FOR A WALK UP THE HILL & THIS IS ONE OF THE HOTEL ROOMS.

AND SOME SORT OF EXOTIC BIRD JUST HATCHED.

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I HAVE ONE OF THE LOCAL BEERS - JUST TO BE SOCIABLE.

I SHOW THE GUIDE MY BABY BIRD PHOTO & HE SAYS IT IS A PALOMA.

AS IN LA PALOMA BLANCA - THE WHITE DOVE.

MY EXOTIC BIRD IS A DOVE - IT'S MUM IS PROBABLY HERE ON HOLIDAY FROM OTTAWA.

BUT THESE ARE EXOTIC....

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AND IT'S BACK TO THE SHIP AFTER A GREAT, IF WINDY DAY

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Posted by hasbeen 15:26 Archived in Nicaragua Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - MANZANILA


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MANZANILLA - MEXICO

ANOTHER SPOT I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

A WALK AROUND TOWN....

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THAT IS A PHOTO OF A PHOTO I HAVE BEEN WALKING PAST FOR WEEKS NOW. IT'S ON DISPLAY AT THE PHOTO SHOP ON BOARD.

WHAT FASCINATED ME WAS THE IMAGE IN THE GIRLS EYE. IT LOOKS LIKE A REFLECTION OF A WINDOW.

I ASKED AT THE DESK HOW THEY CAPTURED THE REFLECTION LIKE THAT. THEY DON'T. IT'S THEM ADDING IT TO THE PICTURE.

THEY CAN ADD IT TO ANY PORTRAITS THEY TAKE

STILL - AN AMAZING PICTURE.

THIS IS SOME STING RAYS, FLYING IN FORMATION LIKE AN ESCHER PRINT, OVERTAKING THE SHIP

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AND THIS IS THE FLOAT YOUR BOAT COMPETITION.

CONTESTANTS HAVE TO MAKE A BOAT FROM STUFF ON BOARD & HAVE IT SAIL THE LENGTH OF THE POOL.

A BIT WACKY BUT VERY POPULAR.

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Posted by hasbeen 15:25 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

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