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  1. We were still enjoying the view from the lighthouse . A ladder went over this stone fence near the guy in red . The walls and fences kept the sheep in but people are allowed to cut across We would have to cross the landing strip again Birds of a feather
  2. Thanks Mic . We had got this on our bed on the previous night .
  3. The current position of the Coral Princess
  4. We had hoped to see and capture the puffins flying here Coming in for a landing Their flying was more like gliding and they move fast in this video clip :
  5. And while the views were fantastic , we came to see the puffins Yin and Yang It was very windy and we hoped to see the puffins fly Interesting Atlantic puffin Facts: Atlantic puffin is a small bird. It weighs 17.5 ounces and can reach 10 inches in length. Males are slightly bigger than females. Body of Atlantic puffin is covered with black and white plumage. In the past, feathers of Atlantic puffins were used for decoration of hats. Atlantic puffins have very large and colorful beaks (combination of red, yellow and blue colors). Because of their beaks, Atlantic puffins are also known as "sea parrots" or "clowns of the sea". Color of the beak changes seasonally. It is pale during the winter and more colorful during the spring, when mating season starts. Birds become more attractive to the opposite sex when their beaks are brightly colored. Upper part of the beak has layer of spines designed to hold the fish. Thanks to this feature, parents can deliver more than one fish to their chick in the nest. Atlantic puffin feeds on fish. It hunts sand eels and herrings. Atlantic puffin is an excellent swimmer. Its webbed feet and strong wings allow fast and precise movement through the water. It can dive 200 feet deep and remain submerged for up to one minute. Atlantic puffin is also very fast flyer. It can reach the speed of 55 miles per hour by flapping its wings 400 times per minute. Main predators of Atlantic puffins are black-billed gull and herring gull. Atlantic puffins spend majority of their lifetime on the sea. They come to the coast only once per year to reproduce. Mating season takes place from April to August. During this period, large colonies of Atlantic puffins gather in their home grounds. Atlantic puffins mate for life. They build burrow in the rocky cliffs or on the solid ground between rocks. Burrows are located 3 feet underground. Female lays one egg. Incubation period lasts 42 days. Both parents take care of the chick. Young chicks learn to fly 45 days after birth. They will fly to the open sea and stay there until they become sexually mature, at the age of 3 to 5 years. Atlantic puffins can survive up to 20 years in the wild. http://www.softschools.com/facts/animals/atlantic_puffin_facts/450/ They have a live puffin web cam https://www.shetlandwebcams.com/cliff-cam-2/
  6. Up to the lighthouse for a excellent view https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumburgh_Head_Lighthouse
  7. We wanted to go to a lighthouse to look for wildlife ( upper left ) In order to get there we must cross a landing strip at the airport with a helicopter coming in Helicopter landed Driving up to the lighthouse
  8. We went for a ride in the countryside And stopped for some Shetland ponies I was afraid that my wife would like to take one home And she did want to bring one home If it itches , scratch it
  9. Yes we're looking forward to them all . We're 3 months out . The day that we leave on the Regal the Zuiderdam also leaves on a TA . The Regal won't be back to the US anytime soon as it will be in Oz in August .
  10. To the best of our knowledge yes but couples have to share . 🙄
  11. A good look at the Zuiderdam before leaving port Scalloway Castle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalloway_Castle Wikipedia
  12. Tenders away We had a quick shower as we came ashore in Lerwick A pretty city With friendly locals
  13. Thank you . We can now get into the planning stages for our next cruises . Regal Princess TA in April , Rotterdam to Norway in May and a TA from Copenhagen to Boston in August back on the Zuiderdam .
  14. Yes , we heard that there was some reef disease on the hard corals and that South of Palancar was shut down for a couple of months . https://xray-mag.com/content/coral-disease-triggers-partial-closure-cozumel-marine-park We haven't been there since March as we've been doing some long and costly cruises and a couple more this year in April and August . We like the still photos that are turned into a video , how is that done ?
  15. The forecast for Lerwick I tried to get forward for a photo but they were preparing the tenders A P&O ship was also in port Lerwick
  16. We did that cruise last June and did a photo travelogue that you might find helpful
  17. No worries about the hi-jacking as it's usually me hi-jacking my own thread . Because the topic of SCUBA ( the other half of cruiserx2 ) has been raised , I would like to relate what we considered a business model and success story . Cozumel is our favorite place to dive and we have stayed there many times and booked many cruise there to dive . We first dove with Dive Paradise on a cruise there in 1998 . We're very experienced divers and we prefer diving more advanced sites with other more experienced divers . On the cruise tours diving tours it seemed like we always functioned as extra dive masters taking care of people were very nervous or inexperienced so they didn't get injured . That did limit taking photos or just relaxing and enjoying our dive . Dive paradise had a great program matching skills levels and bring extra dive masters to those who needed them ( You could hire a private DM as a buddy for $20 ) . The Owner of Dive Paradise , Rene "Apple" Applegate put together a class operation with great dive masters that we consider friends , captains and a large fleet of boats for different groups and needs - all at a good price . She reward loyalty with reduced prices . She had been approached by a number of cruise lines who wanted to hire her but she refused the almighty dollar and stayed loyal to her people . Unfortunately she passed away in 2017 and her way of doing business went along with her . https://diveparadise.com/remembering-apple/ When we went on a cruise on the Carnival Tropicale they had no provider for diving in Belize a photographer / shore excursion / diver employee of Carnival asked us who we were using . We had successfully dove with Hugh Parkey in the past and I made a mistake of telling him about Hugh . The next trip that we went to Belize on a cruise Hugh was now their man and we could no longer dive with Hugh from a cruise ship without buying the cruise ship's inflated prices . The quality of the experience had dropped rapidly going from a couple of fast boats to a much slower cattle boat . We stopped going to Belize on cruise ships and started staying more in Cozumel looking forward to Sundays when there was no crowds and cruise ships in port .
  18. Lunch at the Pinnacle Grill We really enjoyed it and felt that it was worth every penny .
  19. When we dive the colors become muted the deep we go . Because I used an strobe ( under water flash ) it brought the color back . In the video I had no light so the colors are muted
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