Thursday, October 16, 2014

Same Ship, Different Day

You've probably heard the expression: SSDD. The second word isn't actually "Ship," but at least it rhymes... well, no it doesn't.

I've got nothing of great social and political import to share (not that I ever do). I did see a ship from the terrace. Still, the title's a stretch. Although the sightings were each on a Different Day. They weren't of the Same Ship.

I'm sure there's something profound in all this.

(Click the images to see the big DSDD.)

THAT'S THE COSTA FORTUNA.
(REMEMBER THE COSTA CONCORDIA?)

THE MSC SINFONIA.
(I HAD NEVER HEARD OF MSC CRUISES.)


And while we're on the subject of great social and political import...

29 comments:

  1. That's a big one. How many cabins must there be.

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    1. Andrew:
      Amazingly, these aren't even really big ones. Fortuna carries 2,720 passengers and 1,027 crew; Sinfonia, 2,223 passengers and 710 crew; while another ship that recently left the Port of Málaga, Royal Carribbean's Oasis of the Seas, carries 6,296 passengers and 2,394 crew! Uff!

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  2. I prefer three funnels on my liner

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  3. I've never seen a cruise ship up close, or even from afar, in person. Your blog pictures are probably the first place I've ever seen one actually en route.

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    1. Judy:
      I grew up watching them pass by our apartment windows after they left New York Harbor. We would just sit in the kitchen and watch them sail by. My mother still does. I managed cruise accounts for a techy company. Got to go on two cruises (for work). I loved being on the water (best sleep I ever had), but not with 3,000 other people.

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  4. Been on a couple of ships like that - not to be done again. I am not meant to be in an enclosed space with 1200-3000 other people for seven days. I felt like part of a herd of cattle. So not my thing, a bit difficult though when I used to be a travel agent, trying to tell others how great it was.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I just mentioned to Judy, above, that I feel the same way. For me, there's nothing more freeing than being out on the ocean... just not with all those people.

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  5. You have me thinking about the phrase, SSDD, and playing with the order.

    Different shi*, same day. <-pretty much every day, right?
    Shi* different, same day. <-Why not add variety to your daily routine?
    Same shi*, same day. <-Laxatives might be necessary.
    Shi* same, different day. <- Now why go there?

    Dang, I really crapped all over your blog, Mitchell. Please forgive me. Your photos are lovely, and I hope you're well. xo

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    1. Robyn:
      You can crap on my blog any time. (I think you covered everything...)

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  6. "Oh Lord won't you buy me....." LOVE!
    My sister just returned from a from a Mediterranean cruise on the Costa Fascinosa....she was further east from you.
    Great view from your terrace, Mitchell!
    Profound lesson.....things change.

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    1. Jim:
      The view from here can distract me for hours. As for the Costa Fascinosa: What a weird name for a ship. Sounds like a disease! But I sure would love to go to the places that one takes you.

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  7. I'd never seen a cruise ship until I was in Maine a few years ago (2 years ago next week, actually). There was one visible from far atop Cadillac Mountain, and it still looked huge! I imagine it was the same one that my friends and I saw later in the day at Bah Hahbah (Bar Harbor). I couldn't believe how big it was. You know what they say about harbors with big ships... (???) :)

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  8. LOVE Janis; this is actually one of the first songs I taught the kidling. Have missed you, hope you're both doing well.

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    1. Jacqueline:
      So WONDERFUL to see you here. We're doing the same as ever. Huge hugs to you!

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  9. The views from your place are lovely, but my idea of hell on earth would be a trip on a cruise ship! :)

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    1. Knatolee:
      I had to do a couple of cruises for work (a 3-day cruise on the Mediterranean and an overnighter off the coast of Florida). I loved being on the water and I never slept better in my life. But I could live without the rest of it... The people, crowds, dining, confinement, artificiality... Not for me.

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  10. What a big and amazing ship. I am interested how much does it cost trip by this ship?

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    1. Gosia:
      You can get (cheap) 7-day cruises for under 1000 euros, but then there are lots of costs that must get added to that (food, gratuities, taxes, for example). I've known people who have spent between 5000 and 15000 euros per person for cruises. And you can go much higher than that. Many people prefer the structure and forced socializing of a cruise shop; definitely not for me!

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  11. God, that view...to see that view EVERY day!

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    1. Maria:
      And, sadly already, some days I take it for granted.

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  12. I loved Janis and wish she'd had a longer career.

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    1. Stephen:
      An amazing talent. I had only barely become familiar with her when she died.

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  13. This month the City of Venice has banned these great big ships from the Lagoon because of the accident of the MSC Concordia. The fear being that if ever something like that should happen in the Lagoon of Venice it would ruin the city for good. Venice is dying as a city and being slowly turned into a theme park most of its small population now live on the coast in Mestre or the very wealthy on the Lido. Sad but true.
    We do a lot of cruises but always pick ships with 1500 passengers or less, they do exist and are very pleasant more like the classic ships use to be. The big floating cities are not nice at all, too many people and too much chances of something going terribly wrong.

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    1. Laurent:
      I've heard others use the phrase "theme park" to describe the recent Venice. I still haven't gotten there. Maybe I'll wait for them to open Splash Mountain.

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  14. Cruise ships on the horizon always make me long to be on one. I haven't been on a cruise in a very long time.

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    1. Spo:
      The only part of it I like is being way out on the water. I'd much rather not have so much company.

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