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Greetings to my friends on Trekearth. I apologize for my recent inactivity while I was traveling. I just completed a series of cruises on which I was serving as a lecturer. Indeed, the last photo I posted, ”Sailing into Paradise”, showed a dreamlike sky in the Southern Aegean, but with the same swimming pool in the foreground.

The present photo was shot two months ago near Bermuda while I was sailing across the Atlantic on a "repositioning cruise." Repositioning ships from one part of the world to another takes place seasonally. The elegant "Crystal Symphony," and its sister ship the "Crystal Serenity" are rated at the pinnacle of the cruise industry. But on this occasion, it was just another ship caught in a storm... or a tempest.

The last play that Shakespeare composed was "The Tempest," believed to be inspired by an actual shipwreck off the coast of Bermuda in 1609. Although there exists no obvious single source for the plot of The Tempest, it is believed that Shakespeare had access to eyewitness reports by two survivors, William Strachey and Sylvester Jordain.

The difference between modern luxury cruise ships and ocean-going ships of past eras is the presence of "retractable stabilizers" — short but powerful wings below water-level that keep ships stable during rough seas. Located about 1000 km (650 miles) off the coast of North America, the Islands of Bermuda represent a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic.

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