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PUFFIN: May 2019 Amsterdam to London; Silver Cloud #251670
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We have arrived onboard! Beautiful weather for the 4 days we were in Amsterdam. Great to spend time with part of the group! Looking forward to getting cruising!


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Kim & Alice, So happy you're on board !

We'll be ubering to LAX shortly on our way to Dublin to tour Ireland for the next 9 days with Sue & Ray before boarding the Cloud on Thursday the 23rd.


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Re: PUFFIN - 13 May 2019 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251672
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I will be following closely and looking forward to seeing everyone who is staying onboard for part 2. Kim and Alice, are you getting off in Dublin? And did George tell you he is coming to Reno next month?

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Uh, no! We have not heard anything from George. So please let him know we want to hear from him! We’re happy for him to stay with us or at least visit.

We are getting off in Dublin, so we won’t see you, probably. sad


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I will tell George. He definitely wants to see you both.

Re: PUFFIN - 13 May 2019 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251677
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Relaxing day on board, our only sea day on this trip. We had a mandatory briefing
re the zodiacs and there was a surprisingly large number of people who have not ever been on an expedition cruise before. Of course Ngaire has ensured that we are all in the same zodiac group so we should have no problems.

Looking forward to Guernsey, our first port tomorrow
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Re: PUFFIN - 13 May 2019 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251678
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Unfortunately I cannot post pictures on LCT with our new format. So not sure if it will start working or not

Today at Guernsey a beautiful island. So green and lots of flowers. We visited a small church that was covered with pieces of China, absolutely charming. We also went to museum about when the Germans occupied the island for four years. Interesting but the highlight was the island itself. Fabulous weather. Looks good fir the next five days as well as far as the sea are concerned.

Tomorrow two landings. So far we are using local tenders.

Most people in this group we know well so it is very nice catching up with everyone.


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Re: PUFFIN - 13 May 2019 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251680
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June, Ngaire and Ken outside the little chapel and one of the shrines inside.

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A puffed up pigeon right at the tender boarding sight.

So happy this is working after all. Will post more as the cruise continues.


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Re: PUFFIN - 13 May 2019 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251681
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This morning at St. Mary’s island. There were two tours. A walk to the Garrison and a birding walk. We decided to just go independently as did many other guests. Really cute little town. Really enjoyed wandering the village. We were looking for real english scones but none were to be found.

Puffin gifts everywhere. June and I bought a puffin beanie hat

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Lots of beautiful cottages. Quite strange to see working phone booth.
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I think this is the Silver Cloud behind the big ship?


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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251683
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Yes Karen, great stalking. The ship in front is the Marco Polo.


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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251692
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Visit to Picton Castle a miracle happened. Ken grew a head full of white hair. Took a picture to prove it but unfortunately the hair disappeared. Gorgeous gardens.

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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251698
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So busy all the time I am getting behind.

These pictures are from a farm in Galway it was a wonderful day. First we saw a castle in the perfect spot for defense with water on three sides. Then a drive through the green countryside to a farm. Here we were served with very yummy scones with rhubarb and ginger jam and fresh cream. Totally yummy. Then the farmer did a sheep dog demonstration and had the various breeds of lambs in Galway. There was a 12 hour lamb so tiny.

We finished up with a 10 minute visit of a unique cathedral built in the 1958 it took 4 years to complete. Pretty flowers everywhere.

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Ngaire, can you post pictures of the ship; reports on dining, bars, and entertainment (where is Jerry performing); and anything else you think useful for those of us sailing on Silver Cloud in the future.


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This morning we woke to totally calm seas and brilliant sunshine. Absolutely perfect day and we are in Kikronan. There is a population of 300 here. We took our zodiac ashore and we were taken by local transport to a drop off point to walk to an old fort.

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This fort is really just a circle of stones probably for religious ceremonies but built at the edge of a steep cliff. Little rocky and steep at the end but most of us made it to the top. It was really worth the hike the steep cliffs on each side and the view was incredible. This is final pathway to the top.

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I was thrilled to get to the top.
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The cliffs from the fort, very rugged and steep.
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Such a small and remote place. They have a bank open 2 days a week in the summer and 1 day a week in the winter. This was a neat sight. Look at the hair around the horses hoof. Lots of horses on the island.

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Here they sell Aran sweaters. Each clan has a unique pattern. I was considering buying one but too heavy so I decided against it.

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Marc saw your post and will get to that eventually right now i cannot post pictures, they are loading too slowly. Recap in a few minutes then a landing,

So in a nutshell personally I love the ship. Cabins, public areas are wonderful. The main lounge offers a great view from all the seats. The two main bars are very comfortable and my lemon drop martinis outstanding. Trivia has been very good and so happy to have this onboard.

Food is a LOVE for some and others are not as happy. Very different dishes for instance last night they had guinea fowl and rabbit. They also had cod and tenderloin. But these unique offerings many love. Sometimes not enough beef for the red meat eaters. But they have an extensive room service menu with a filet, sirloin and great salmon that are all good. Once people figure this out there is ample choice. They are excellent at lactose and gluten intolerance with special menus.

I really like the new zodiacs and the expedition leader is South African and outstanding. Good expedition team. However only one zodiac cruise so have not had the opportunity to really get to know them. The zodiacs are really our water taxis.

No issues at all on getting people on the zodiacs. We are a pretty full ship and they load three groups at a time and everyone is off in about 30 minutes. Two landings a day.

It is truly a blend of expedition and regular cruising. So many landings and so busy we are doing recaps after lunch sometimes two days at the same time.


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This has been such a busy trip. Most mornings start really early and often there is a second port in the afternoon as well. The expedition leader has taken to doing the recap/precap for upcoming ports days ahead of time rather than the usual late afternoon of the prior day. The ports have been quite interesting. Yesterday we were in the Aran Islands. I am still trying to wrap my head around a place where the bank is only open one day a week! Clare Island has only had one other cruise ship come ever and in fact that was the Silver Cloud last year. We were received with open arms. The pub offered drinks and snacks of local delicacies and the island’s children put on a wonderful show of Irish music and dancing. It was really a special place and wonderful experience.

Generally I agree with Ngaire’s assessment of the ship itself but I would add the the Cosmos are pretty good too! We have been enjoying the company of a great group of Puffins.

Mark, Jerry has not had an opportunity to sing. We asked the cruise director for a Karaoke night but he feels no one would come given how early our days have started. We told him we had a whole group who would show up but alas no Karaoke.
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Yesterday afternoon we went to Clare Island. This was a highlight landing as the expedition leader had explained it might be. The sun was still shining but a little windy at the landing site. There was a fabulous Abbey that most of us (including me and Ken) did not see. A few smart people got a local to drive then to the Abbey.

There was the ruin of an old castle and stories of Grace O’Malley who was a pirate and daughter of the King, who ruled over all the men of islands and was tough as nails. We are all going to research Grace O’Malley.

150 people live here and there are 20 children. We were invited to their Pub and it was full of locals. Irish music by two musicians and then the children started Irish dancing. Riverdance by children. They were really good. I think all 20 of the children were there. Three drinks per person were included and of course they had Guinness beer. Then the food started tray after tray of tasty appetizers. Just an amazing fun experience. Ken found a New Zealand woman who was living in this island. Beautiful remote island, friendly locals, green grass fields, rock fences, fishing boats and calm blue ocean.

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The walkway to the pub.
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Topped off with dinner for six at Hot Rocks. The ship was not moving leaving more “pub time” for the wild bunch. So it was perfect condition to sit outside and cook your own large steak.



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Again we wake up to sunny brilliant day. No wind. It was so warm even at the top of the mountain people took off their coats. The sea looked like glass. We saw spectacular cliffs followed by me waiting for the first fresh lobster roll from a little food van. Lobster caught this morning. Followed up by tea with fresh baked scones. Life cannot get any better. Pictures will tell the story I will post them as soon as I can.

Ngaire looking after Ralph in June’s absence
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Ken found a magical spot (photo by Kim)

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Barb and Ngaire. You can see what a glorious day we had.

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The food fest. Lobster roll on the mountain top and final course tea and scones

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The Silver Cloud is a good step up from the Explorer for expedition cruises, Marc. The cabins are larger and more what you’re used to, with walk in closets, real sitting area, much more storage, lots of outlets, verandas (although it’s been too chilly to enjoy them on this trip, but I like the illusion of more cabin space plus fresh air.) Bathrooms are ok, but light is too dim for Brad and storage options in there aren’t ideal.

I think they could freshen the decor some to look more contemporary, but that’s a personal preference.

Food has been very good. Having the four restaurants options is a big improvement. The Italian restaurant is quite good (buffet by day) and we’ve enjoyed the regular restaurant options. Hot Rocks is fine, but you just do that once. We are going to La Dame tonight so the jury is out on whether it’s worth the add on per person, but even though we’ve had massages, mani pedi for me, had some laundry done, we are still not going to burn through all of our shipboard credit at this point.

The two bars are good - Panorama at the front and La Dolce Vita, on deck five, before the theater. Lots of seating options, without the rather odd bar layout on the Explorer. They have a duo (singer, keyboard/piano) in the Dolce Vita bar and piano player up top. Having a real tiered theater with clear sight lines is also a big plus, rather than that lecture space on the Explorer that always smelled quite funky every time we were onboard.

Staff is impressive as always. We’ve seen quite a few familiar faces from the Explorer. And it is always impressive when so many greet you by name, know your preferences, etc. which we haven’t personally found to be the case on Regent, understandable with many more passengers.

This particular cruise is more of a regular cruise than an expedition, other than that almost all stops have involved anchoring and zodiacs (local tenders in the Scilly Islands, docked today in Killybegs.) There has only been one zodiac cruise, and very few naturalist talks. Recaps have been “precaps” describing the next day or two’s activities. They have a large expedition staff but mainly they seem to be assisting with logistics and zodiac driving as they are transitioning up to the Arctic itineraries when I assume their skills and knowledge will be put to use.

Passenger average age is quite a bit older than we have experienced on our past trips on the Explorer. We went on an all day excursion a couple of days ago and over lunch there was quite a bit of talk about it not being what they expected, and some difficulties in boarding zodiacs.

Overall the itinerary has been good. Love the stops at the small islands, especially yesterday at Inis Mor and Clare Island. Guernsey and the two stops in the Scilly Islands were charming. Today we had a lovely walk in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains.

Our stop in Galway and Valentia Island were more traditional cruise stops with typical shore excursions. From Valentia we went to Derrynane House - a lovely hour drive away along the Ring of Kerry, but the time there was too short to see the woodlands and gardens after a quickie tour of 4 rooms of the house and a 20 minute film about the owner, there was only 10 minutes to take a quick peek at the extensive gardens, pathways, beach etc before we had to be back in the bus. From Galway we did the day in Connemara tour, an 8 hour excursion which included not enough time at Kylemore Abbey. Lots of driving, albeit through beautiful scenery. There was only enough time to see the Abbey and church OR the extensive walled gardens and grounds. Then off to a town for lunch and a bit of free time. There was a restaurant at Kylemore so it would have made much more sense if they felt they needed to feed people to just do it there as it was a lovely place.

Can’t post pictures on board but the weather has been beautiful - only a bit of drizzle a few days ago.

So, thumbs up Marc if you’re considering coming back to Silversea in the future.


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Looks like lots of fun Ngaire.

Sue, Ray, Tom and I have had a great time touring most all of Ireland with a fabulous local guide we'd highly recommend. We would never have seen what we've seen the past 8 days without a local guide.

We've taken lots of photos but I don't know how to post them here so look on my Facebook page, Marcie Mills Matassa (or Sue's under susan downs henry) and you can see some photos. Last night we stayed in a fabulous Castle hotel, it was VERY special indeed. It's from the 1500's so not as old as some but huge and absolutely gorgeous. We've loved visiting the pubs and heard great music there as well.

We LOVE Ireland !

See you soon ! Hope June is ok since she didn't go with you on your excursion.


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Marcie, June went on the excursion, she just went climbing the mountain and left Ralph below. I do not do Facebook but look forward to seeing your pictures when you get here.


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Sunshine AGAIN today and calm seas. We have been blessed with amazing weather. Off to the Giants Causeway today. This is the last port for this segment. We say goodbye to some friends (boo boo) and welcome new ones onboard tomorrow.


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Leslie, thanks. We will be going on one Silver Cloud sailing (Quebec City to Ft Lauderdale) in the fall to use up our 40%; they wouldn't let us use it for PUFFIN thus the change.

Keep the reports comings; really interested in all the Scottish stops as planning a return land trip (with ferries to the islands) in the future.

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Another great day. Bright sunshine and no wind. Conditions could not have been better.

I have always wanted to go to the Giants Causeway but never wanted to take the full day tour from Belfast. The drive was only 25 minutes from the dock. Loved the Giants Causeway. Will post pictures that will tell the story.

Kim, Ngaire and June

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June and Ngaire on the causeway
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Ken at the top
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On the way back we stopped at the Dunluce castle ruins. We had about an hour there with a short video first on the history of the castle. What I liked is that this castle is they had pictures of what each room would have looked like. It really bought it to lights. Right on the sea in the top of very steep cliffs and originally had a drawbridge. Cannot imagine how anyone could be successful attacking this formidable castle.

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Iona today. Not brilliant sunshine as we have had recently but still good conditions. Short zodiac ride and not too cold. Sun broke out now and then during the morning. We visited the Iona Abbey and it was a nice morning. There was the happiest little girl from the Netherlands who Was having a grand time. She is pictured below.

Jerry and Helen

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The little girl I thought was so precious

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Iona Abbey
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This afternoon LUNGA for the puffins and conditions look favorable.


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Some ship pictures.

The loading dock for boarding the zodiacs
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The spacious boot room
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Ngaire, thanks!!!


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For some reason, I am not able to see the pics posted yesterday. I can see the previous ones.

Should we start a new thread for the second half of the voyage?

We are having a great time. So good to see everyone, and weather is perfect so far. I am blogging on CC, but will check in from time to time here as well. Link to blog:

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2664903-dublin-to-london-aboard-the-cloud—live—may-23-2019-to-june-4-2019/

Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251723
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I tried to change the subject line so you can use this thread instead of starting a new one. But it didn’t seem to carry through; it just changed on the first post. Maybe Karen can fix it if you think it’s good to just continue this thread.


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Kim, it seems your edit only worked for the very first post, which I find odd!


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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251725
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Oh well. Maybe they can just “go with it”. Alice and I returned to Dublin after 2 nights in Newcastle, Northern Ireland on the coast. We did some things in the afternoon, came back to the hotel for a short time before going to find some dinner. When we were heading out to dinner, we saw the woman who was in the cabin next to us on the cruise in the hotel lobby! They have been here in this hotel since Thursday and having a good time. No idea how they got booked in this hotel. Our booking was through the golf tour operator. Small world.


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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251726
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Lunga, Scotland, UK - Puffins:

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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251727
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Rachel the earlier pictures were downloaded before you got on the ship. Once you are on the ship unless you pay for the enhanced internet you will just see links. That is why you cannot see them now.

Let’s keep this thread going as it is a back to back we have Iona posted and Ken posted his Lunga Island puffin pictures. I will do the write up on Lunga today.

I can show you them on my iPhone or iPad.


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Lunga island. I have seen a lot of puffins but always on cliffs or on the sea. Lunga island allows you to see puffins in their nesting sites. I have wanted to come to Lunga island for years having read many times this one of the best places to see puffins.

This area is known for rain, wind and bad weather. Odds of a nice day are not good. But the weather gods were kind again. It was calm, overcast but clear and no rain forecast.

We were warned constantly that the landing was going to be hard. Landing on steep rocks we had to climb up to get to the grassy area. They were not kidding and advised only people that could achieve this should go. Steep and slippery.

The expedition team did an amazing job with a person helping you all the way up. Without their help I am sure someone would have slipped. Then was a gradual climb up a grassy hill to the puffins.

An amazing experience. So many birds of many types. The noise level reminded me of a penguin colony just a different sound. But of course the highlight was the puffins. You could get really close to them. I was in absolute puffin heaven.

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Photos from Nikon Ken:

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Originally Posted by Ngaire
Rachel the earlier pictures were downloaded before you got on the ship. Once you are on the ship unless you pay for the enhanced internet you will just see links. That is why you cannot see them now.

Let’s keep this thread going as it is a back to back we have Iona posted and Ken posted his Lunga Island puffin pictures. I will do the write up on Lunga today.

I can show you them on my iPhone or iPad.


Ok, got it. I will just have something to look forward to when I get faster internet on land.

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Rachel- I found that if I switched to cellular data I could see the photos.


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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251732
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St Kilda Islands:

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The sheep here are not good looking! A unique breed to this island.

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Re: PUFFIN: 13 - 23 May 2019 ; First leg Amsterdam to Dublin on Silver Cloud. [Re: seadog] #251733
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Gorgeous photos, Ken! Alice and made it to Atlanta. Next stop Salt Lake City. Then home. Taking the “scenic” route. Will be good to be home. Although it was a marvelous trip!


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