Before Travel Weekly's Rebecca Tobin left for a weeklong cruise on the Crystal Serenity she downloaded the line's free "Storyteller" app. It enables users to customize iPhone photos with Instagram-style filters and frames and captions and share them via email or Facebook (either on personal pages or on Crystal's "Never Ending Journal" page), or as an actual postcard using a third-party program. Here she shares "photo dispatches" based on some of the photos she took and converted to Storyteller images. Previous dispatches: Arrival, Open Spaces and Water Pursuits.
I took this photo after the ship arrived in Venice and we were about to step into the ferry boat that would take us to Saint Mark's Square. I never get tired of taking these beneath-the-bow shots of ships. My other favorite view is to look up along the side of a ship when we're tendering up. I'm always impressed with the hardware, the precision of ship operation, the size and scope of the vessels.
The Serenity overnighted in Venice, which gave the passengers a little more time to explore this city in the evening, when it's a little less crowded. Venice is full of mysterious, quiet side streets and canals. But the foot traffic in its popular points, especially in the tiny streets between the square and the Rialto Bridge, can be maddening, even at night, so we were glad to have the extra time to take it all in. Sunset in Venice was full of magical moments. This photo was taken from the Rialto and shows the Grand Canal at a relatively peaceful interlude.
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