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Around the Horn 2022

26/10/2022, Hamburg Germany, (0 NM) There was some fanfare, as expected, for this most prestigious cruise departure. AIDAmar swanned up the Elbe River from Hamburg-Altona through the middle of the night-lit city before turning for the long run downstream to the sea. Passengers, and landlubbers ashore, waved their lights on their phones and the ship’s …

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Adriatic Sea

I had three cruises in the Adriatic Sea in this busy summer. These were in between cruises in the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea and working on boat repairs in Preveza. Adriatic cruises begin in Corfu with a seaday to Trieste followed by stops in Zadar, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Bari and back to Corfu 19th …

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Aegean Sea

H returned to Corfu in late May, and I needed a break from boat-repairing in Preveza so I jumped back on board H’s ship for a week’s cruise into the Aegean Sea from 29.05-05.06.2022, calling at Santorini, Chania, Kusadasi, Piraeus/Athens and back to Corfu. The archaeological museum on Santorini, where they keep the famous Minoan …

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Ionian Sea

I flew to Corfu with H from BER and stayed overnight at the Corfu Holiday Palace near the airport. The next day H got a transfer to the port to join her ship. I rented a car at the airport. For dinner, I had the inevitable ouzo, Greek salad, and moussaka at Café Kanoni. The …

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Invasion of England

In late March my old dad had a fall and was carted off to hospital and my old mum was in a state about it so we set off from Frankfurt to help. Normally, flying is the way we travel there but this time we needed a car for an unspecified time and car-rentals out …

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Zanzibar

19.03-27.03.2022 Frankfurt-Zanzibar-Frankfurt. After a fairly bleak winter, where my father-in-law died and Covid was causing travel irritations, we finally had the chance to get back on the road. We wanted a bit of sunshine without too much of a time-zone hassle and decided on somewhere in Africa. The Canaries, Cape Verdes, Maldives, Morocco, Egypt, Eritrea, …

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Baltic Sea Cruising

The pandemic would seem to be in its final stages as I have at last been able to return to my old job as a stowaway on cruise ships. This is a more important role than you might think as I do an alternative ship’s navigation from my cabin using the bow camera on the …

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Spreewald Kahnfahrten

For mein Schviegervater Roland’s 87th birthday H organized a trip to places where he grew up to the south of Berlin in the Spreewald area. Retha’s daughter, Freddie, came from London for the celebrations. We used the old and moated Schlosshotel Fürstlich Drehna as a base for three nights. Roland’s childhood home was above his …

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Our Man in Havana

This Cuba trip was a long time in the planning. It could have been weeks compared to our usual days or hours. We had some classic pre-trip chaotic moments. Twelve days before travelling, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa roared across Cuba near Havana and hinted at disruption to electricity, roads, and food supplies. Six days before travelling …

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Up & Down the Rhine

2021.06.12 Berlin to Düsseldorf. We collected my Schwiegervater Roland, drove from Berlin to Düsseldorf and checked in to the Steigenberger Parkhotel. Very fancy. We walked to the Altstadt part of town for dinner and were completely surprised by the huge number of people out for a Saturday night on the town jostling mask-less in the …