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Captain’s Log: Civitavecchia

Captain’s Log: Civitavecchia

What a day! Civitavecchia, the port which serves Rome, on a windy, (later gale-force) day. I elected for a tug to stand-by for our arrival, using the adage which I have learnt over the years at sea, “if you’re thinking about it, do it”. I’m pleased I had my ‘little helper’, as we swung in…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Monaco Day & Night

Captain’s Log: Monaco Day & Night

It has been a few days and since I last wrote, we have completed our cruise and spent 2 days in Barcelona, disembarking and embarking our guests. Barcelona is a beautiful city, although somewhat crowded at this time of year, as thousands of tourists descend upon the city. Yesterday, we waved ‘goodbye’ and left Barcelona…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Santorini, Greece

Captain’s Log: Santorini, Greece

We arrived here at 7:15 a.m., having entered the crescent-shaped lagoon through the northern passage. There are 2, the northern and the western, created presumably, when the cataclysmic explosion in 1450 BC, blew the centre of the island. What was once the island of Thira sank to the bottom, (or evaporated) in the upheaval. What…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Going Ashore in Istanbul

Captain’s Log: Going Ashore in Istanbul

Although I have brought my ship into this fascinating city several times, I have never had the opportunity to go ashore. Today I managed to. Along with some other officers, we saw the magnificence of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman architecture, which after 1,000 of years, still stand. Not only above ground, but below our…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Istanbul by Day

Captain’s Log: Istanbul by Day

Here are some photos of the view from our ship. Our guests are ashore, enjoying this fascinating city, Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul. The name may have changed over the centuries, however the buildings and history are still here to enjoy. Ciao, Captain Jonathan Jonathan Mercer is Nieuw Amsterdam’s captain.