|This tucked-away restaurant in Atenas is reported to have good food.|
“Sightings from the Veranda in Costa Rica”
|It’s no wonder these birds are called “Social Flycatchers.” They stop by each day to visit and sing. As described here: In appearance, the social flycatcher resembles a smaller boat-billed flycatcher or great kiskadee. The adult is 16–18 cm (6.3–7.1 in) long and weighs 24–27 g (0.85–0.95 oz). The head is dark grey with a robust white eyestripe and a usually concealed orange to vermilion crown stripe. The upper parts are olive-brown, and the wings and tail are brown with only faint rufous fringes. The underparts are yellow, and the throat is white. Young birds have a paler eye mask, reduced crown stripe, and have chestnut fringes to the wing and tail feathers. The call is a sharp peeurrr, and the dawn song is a chips-k’-cheery. As the specific epithet similis (Latin for “the similar one”) indicates, this species looks much like its closest living relative, the rusty-margined flycatcher (Myiozetetes cayanensis), and also like the white-bearded flycatcher (Phelpsia inornatus), white-ringed flycatcher (Conopias albovittatus) and lesser kiskadee (Pitangus/Philohydor lictor). In fact, except at close range, these are all but indistinguishable from appearance alone. They and the two larger similar species mentioned above share much of their range. Though they all are relatively close relatives, the group they seem to belong to also includes species with a somewhat different head pattern, like the Grey-capped flycatcher, which also belongs to Myiozetetes.|
Yesterday, we received an email (as indicated below) from the Celebrity Cruise line regarding our upcoming cruise sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 23rd. As previously mentioned, we’re leaving Costa Rica on November 22nd (two weeks from today) and flying to Miami, spending one night in a hotel, and then taking a taxi to the port.
|A few days ago, once again, we walked through the Atenas Central Park searching for colorful birds, which we’d heard often stop here. After many such visits, we’ve yet to see any birds we hadn’t viewed from the veranda.|
It’s a rarity that any cruise line has contacted us regarding any changes on an upcoming cruise that may impact the cruise in one way or another. In most cases, it’s been regarding lousy weather or political unrest at a particular forthcoming port of call.
|Tall palm trees line the walkways at the park.|
Here’s the message we received from Celebrity:
We look forward to welcoming you aboard your 15-Night Panama Canal and South America cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale on November 23, 2017. Still, first, we have some vital information to share with you.
To ensure that you have the best experience on your vacation, we’ve changed your debarkation port from Valparaiso, Chile, to the stunning seaside town of San Antonio, Chile. San Antonio has a dedicated cruise ship pier and guest terminal that will make getting off your ship as carefree as your vacation.
If you’ve booked transfers with us, there’s nothing you have to do. We’ll take you directly to the airport from San Antonio. If you’ve booked transfers independently, please get in touch with the company you’ve arranged your transportation with and have them pick you up in San Antonio instead of Valparaiso. Also, if you’ve booked any debarkation day shore excursions with us, we’ll automatically adjust them to accommodate your new debarkation port.
For your convenience, we’ve included your current itinerary and your newly revised itinerary below.
|A government building in the center of town.|
of our back-to-back cruise from December 8th to December 23, 2017.
|Fri, Dec 8||Santiago (San Antonio), Chile||9:00pm|
|Sat, Dec 9||At Sea|
|Sun, Dec 10||Puerto Montt, Chile||10:00am||7:00pm|
|Mon, Dec 11||Chilean Fjords (Cruising)|
|Tue, Dec 12||Strait of Magellan (Cruising)|
|Wed, Dec 13||At Sea|
|Thu, Dec 14||Punta Arenas, Chile||7:00am||5:30pm|
|Fri, Dec 15||Ushuaia, Argentina||10:00am||7:00pm|
|Sat, Dec 16||Cape Horn (Cruising)|
|Sun, Dec 17||At Sea|
|Mon, Dec 18||Puerto Madryn, Argentina||8:00am||5:30pm|
|Tue, Dec 19||At Sea|
|Wed, Dec 20||Punta del Este, Uruguay||9:00am||7:00pm|
|Thu, Dec 21||Montevideo, Uruguay||7:00am||5:00pm|
|Fri, Dec 22||Buenos Aires, Argentina||5:00am|
|Sat, Dec 23||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Disembark|
|The Atenas Central Park is a popular meeting spot for locals and tourists.|
|A restaurant on a side street in Atenas.|
|In Spanish, “calle” means “street.” Thus the “calle” are numbered accordingly.|
|One must walk carefully on the uneven sidewalks in town.|
|Christmas decorations in front of an upscale spa/salon in Atenas.|
Photo from one year ago today, November 8, 2016:
|This hallway is to the Shops of Centrum on Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas on our 33- night cruise one year ago. Would you please click here for more photos?|