Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Welcome Back Home

Cruise ship, port of LivornoLast September, on the same day of our visit on board “Amerigo Vespucci”, we saw a strange ceremony going on, in the late Sunday afternoon, aside a cruise ship.
Cruise ship, port of LivornoA sizable part of the crew was waiting the return of the buses carrying the passengers from their tours, cheering on their arrival, clapping hands and offering refreshments.
Cruise ship, port of LivornoA small band was playing behind a banner saying “Welcome Back Home”, as the passengers were returning from some kind of battle and not from visiting cities of the gentle Tuscany.
Cruise ship, port of LivornoI wasn't the only one finding this interesting, another passenger was quite taken shooting from the top of his balcony, with his lady patiently waiting to resume a game of cards.

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27 comments:

Gunn White said...

Lucky people.
Interesting shots.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Very interesting! Very interesting!!!

Per Stromsjo said...

Tourists move in mysterious ways.

tapirgal said...

This is very weird. Maybe Vogon Poet should write a story about it . . . a mysterious novel.

brattcat said...

That's quite a lens that fellow has on his camera.

Hilda said...

This is both funny and very well done of the cruise ship crew. Service, service and service…

Paula said...

That's very interesting, I've been on a cruise and the crew was extremely friendly. Looks like everyone is having fun.

Jacob said...

These days I think cruise ships need to extend their courtesies and perks in order to ensure a full ship when they sail...

This is rather over-the-top, though!

Clueless in Boston said...

That's a real nice way to be welcomed back on ship.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shot !! Nice one !! Thanks for sharing..

cieldequimper said...

Lol... Looks like they really had a hard time at the leaning tower.
Hey, why do you have that word verification? :-)shmos indeed.

Vogon Poet said...

@ ciel - Ooooops!

joo said...

Wow, could spend some time on the board:)
Lovely post!

Steffe said...

I'd never returned back from a battle, but I hope I will be welcomed back like this if I ever do.

Andreea said...

I guess everyone who has a daily photo blog from their town would agree that there's no place like home :)

B SQUARED said...

Any excuse for a party. Sure works for me.

Ilse said...

I second Andreea!

Halcyon said...

What a nice hero's welcome home! I guess traditions like this span the cultures. :)

amatamari© said...

This is too funny!
Even the band! LOL!!!

:-)

Cezar and Léia said...

It has its charming for sure!
Wonderful set of pictures!
Léia

Asta said...

Hello there,

Very interesting pictures and nice post-:)

Best regards
Asta

Stine in Ontario said...

Oh my! That is a HUGE ship. Can you tell I've never been aboard one?

JM said...

Wierd... Did you manage to solve the mystery or not?... :-)

Vogon Poet said...

@ Andreea - You are absolutely right, but this is not their home: it's only a cruise ship...

Vogon Poet said...

@ JM - There is no real mystery here. I see this as an excessive and hypocritical welcome on board, a bit demeaning for the crew members, even if it's part of their job.
Any local onlooker was loudly laughing at this stunt!

Kcalpesh said...

Hmm never seen such a ceremony! Nice photos though! Good to see a photographer capture another.... :-D

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White Oleander said...

I wish I was on a cruise right now!