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21 May, Messina.

In Messina I like to arrive early. If I can get the ship into the port before 6 am., then there is no delay caused by ferry traffic. There are at least 10 ferries leaving from Messina each hour (and also 10 arriving) and their schedule takes precedence over any other traffic. If I get…   read more of “21 May,…”

20 May, At Sea.

A nice but windy day, while we sailed down the East side of Italy. Our guests did not notice the wind very much as it was going with us. The wind was blowing at 20 knots, the ship was doing 20 knots and as a result the relative wind on deck was zero. With the…   read more of “20 May, At…”

Venice, 19 May 2007

We could see today that the cruise season for the Mediterranean is gearing up. There was another cruise ship in port today, embarking new guests and also more ferries as the number of ferry departures increases in the summer. The ship stayed overnight and some of the crew went out for the evening. However interest…   read more of “Venice, 19 May…”

May 18, Koper Slovenia & Venice

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog we docked early in Koper for the medical disembark. It was once again a beautiful day and that meant that this whole cruise has had nice weather everyday. Most of our guests were on tour and as Slovenia is a country that has a lot to offer so there was…   read more of “May 18, Koper…”

May 18, Koper Slovenia & Venice

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog we docked early in Koper for the medical disembark. It was once again a beautiful day and that meant that this whole cruise has had nice weather everyday. Most of our guests were on tour and as Slovenia is a country that has a lot to offer so there was…   read more of “May 18, Koper…”

17 May, at Sea.

After so many ports we had a sea day so our guests could enjoy a slower pace of life. It was a bit of a windy day, such as an average Caribbean day, but as the guests by now have become accustomed to flat seas, some complained about rough weather. Well you cannot win them…   read more of “17 May, at…”

16 May, Katakolon.

We made it to the pilot station 15 minutes behind my planned time which was not too bad as we left nearly an hour late from Santorini. The people of Katakolon are working very hard to make their port a major tourist destination. The whole port is being revamped and spruced up with two new…   read more of “16 May,…”

15 May, Santorini.

We arrived bright and early an the north west side of the crater entrance of Santorini, only to find the Westerdam and Norwegian Jewel already in position, way ahead of the official arrival time. Our first stop was O’Athinoi where together with the Westerdam we landed our overland tours. The Norwegian Jewel went directly to…   read more of “15 May,…”