On the second day of the cruise, usually a day at sea, the new crew have the chance to gain nautical knowledge and get a better understanding of the role of the deck department. Our first officer, Jan Westerbeek, took the initiative of organizing a bridge tour for the new embarking crew.
Jan started the tour by explaining the maneuvering area, where the captain guides the Zaandam in and out of the ports. They are all very surprised to see what the new technology brings into the world. Two joy sticks and … that’s it. Yes, don’t get too excited, this is not a XBOX game … you need a license for that and lots and lots of years of experience.
Ioana Cheregi is Zaandam’s human resources manager.