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John Heald Interviews Captain Mercer

John Heald Interviews Captain Mercer

Captain Mercer addresses the audience before introducing his fellow officers on a recent cruise. John Heald, senior cruise director for Carnival Cruise Lines, recently interviewed Captain Jonathan Mercer, master of Eurodam, for his blog. As he has done in the past, John graciously gave us permission to post the interview here. John Heald: Captain, let’s…   read more of “John Heald…”

Captain’s Log: Dec. 14, San Juan

Captain’s Log: Dec. 14, San Juan

Captain Jonathan Mercer Remiss of me, I know, however the past week seems to have flown by and little time for ‘blogging’, so to make amends I have deliberately made time to sit at my desk and write. As you know, last Sunday found me off Half Moon Cay, conducting a medevac, before proceeding towards…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Eurodam Captain’s Log: Dec. 7, at Sea

Eurodam Captain’s Log: Dec. 7, at Sea

Not quite the day at sea I was expecting. At 4:30 a.m. the telephone next to my bed abruptly woke me, a call from our medical department that a guest was indicating heart problems and she needed intense medical attention. Up to the bridge, still in PJs and dressing gown (one has to maintain some…   read more of “Eurodam…”

Eurodam Captain’s Log: Nov. 30, at Sea

Eurodam Captain’s Log: Nov. 30, at Sea

Another turn-round day is behind us and we are on our way to have ‘another go’ at Grand Turk. This time of year sees regular cold fronts traversing the Florida peninsula and this cruise is no exception, however, we appear to be a day ahead of this one. After last week’s weather, anything is an…   read more of “Eurodam…”

Eurodam Captain’s Log: Tuesday, Nov. 25, San Juan

Eurodam Captain’s Log: Tuesday, Nov. 25, San Juan

Captain Jonathan Mercer We are now safely docked in this beautiful natural harbour, nestling under the ‘heights’ on which stand the Spanish fortifications and the ‘old’ town. We have, in terms of weather, had an eventful 48 hours since leaving Port Everglades on Saturday. Having docked in a ‘nor’easter’, it had shown no signs of…   read more of “Eurodam…”

Captain’s Log: How I Became Master

Captain’s Log: How I Became Master

Sundays usually provide us with time to ‘catch our breath’ after the turnaround day and all that it involves. It’s time to catch up on paperwork and is (almost) meeting-free. I had a 9 o’clock ‘meet the Captain’ in the Crow’s Nest, which is always enjoyable for me. One question that frequently pops up in…   read more of “Captain’s…”