|Prinsendam em Ponta Delgada. Foto de António Silva, presidente da ACC|
O Five-Star Mariner Dick Yetke (mais de 500 dias de cruzeiro a bordo da Holland America Line), realizou recentemente o "64 dias do Grande Mediterrâneo" que fez umas "perninhas" ao Atlântico. A bordo do ms Prinsendam chegaram aos Açores. Este post é particularmente interessante porque de todos os destinos decidiu salientar a escala na Horta para divulgar por entre outros Star Mariners. Fica o texto tal como escreveu:
"Horta is the chief town and seaport of the island of Faial, also known as Fayal, Portugal, one of the Azores, in the Atlantic Ocean. It was named Faial (Portuguese for ‘beech wood’) because of the abundance at that time (15th Century) of wax myrtle, mistaken for beech by the Portuguese. Faial is mountainous, rising to 3,000 feet above sea level, and is 14 miles long by 10 miles wide. Fishing, cattle, and farming are the principal occupations. Basket weaving, carving (from the white pith of the fig tree), and lace making (from agave thread) are widely done. Faial is the smallest of the three ‘Triangle Islands’ and an easy island to visit and get around. It has one of the main airports in the Azores and there are several ferries every day to Pico from Horta. When the first transatlantic cables were laid, Horta was the central communication station and many cable company offices were located here."
Todas as restantes fotos de Dick Yetke. Algumas fotos da chegada à Horta:
O novo estatuto, 5 Star Mariner, acumula todas as regalias dos níveis anteriores e adiciona novos descontos e extras, incluindo um desconto de 50% nos pacotes de Internet de 100 minutos a bordo, dois jantares de cortesia no Pinnacle Grill (valor da refeição, portanto só a sobretaxa) e uma cortesia de um passe para um dia no Greenhouse Spa e no Salon Thermal Suite. Os hóspedes Five-Star Mariner recebem também a cortesia das aulas do Culinary Arts onde aprendem a fazer os famosos pratos da Holland America Line. Os hóspedes a bordo ms Prinsendam recebem um jantar adicional de cortesia no Pinnacle Grill (3 no total) para compensar o facto do navio não ter o Salon Thermal Suite.
Ponta Delgada também teve escala do ms Prinsendam e pelas fotos vemos que Dick Yetke não parou! Apesar dos dias de mar ... voltou ao mar para ver os cetáceos mas também conheceu Ponta Delgada através de uma caminhada. Amplie as fotos:
"We signed up for and took the ship’s tour: Whale and Dolphin Safari. This was a three-and-a-half-hour tour out on a Zodiac with 12 seats, two-by-two, facing forward. What an adventure it was!
We were taken to the base shop of the tour operator at a marina where we were briefed on what we hoped to see, suited up in pants and jacket rain gear and an orange life jacket. It was a cool, cloudy day so we had dressed in layers ourselves, all of which we had on under the gear they gave us"
"We went fast out to sea, probably about 5 miles to where the “spotters” had radioed there was a whale. Whale Ho! Yes, we did see a Finn Whale. We hung around there watching her lay on the surface, do a few “blows,” some shallow dives, and back to the surface. That was it for whale 1."
Then we rushed over to another area where some dolphins had been spotted and we watched them for a short time. Then the rain was moving in and it was time to return to the marina, so we hurried back there. Like I said, it was an adventure. Would have been nice to see more of the wildlife, but there are never any guarantees.
"We just walked back. It was a very nice stroll through town and along the waterfront! We had been there before but it was nice to refresh our memories.
You were not allowed to walk all the way to the ship since we were docked in a commercial container pier so they provided a complimentary shuttle bus. We found where to board the bus and got back to the ship. Just as we were boarding the ship, the rain came, and it rained quite hard all afternoon. So, we were happy we had done what we wanted to do!"