During the Atlantic crossing a family inquired if it was possible to christen their daughter on board as the parents and child lived in the Middle East while the grandparents lived in Australia and this was the first time they had all been together since the child’s birth. We immediately said yes and that we’d… read more of “Captain’s…”
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Captain Jonathan Mercer Despite the advancement in the use of electronic instruments since I first went to sea, there are occasions when a piece of paper has its advantages. In my case I am referring to an old fashioned barograph, an instrument which records changes in pressure by means of a graduated piece of paper,… read more of “Captain’s…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
Hot off the press! Jonathan Mercer is Nieuw Amsterdam’s captain.
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.