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Cruise Diary: Sept. 29, at Sea

Cruise Diary: Sept. 29, at Sea

Aboard ms Rotterdam, at sea. This morning there was a briefing from our cruise director about disembarkation in Athens. A sea day is a perfect time to do this. But we will not leave the ship yet because we have to make two more calls in Greece and one in Turkey. After the briefing the…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Sept….”

Cruise Diary: Sept. 28, Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Cruise Diary: Sept. 28, Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Aboard ms Rotterdam, calling at Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Monday our port of call was Civitavecchia, Italy, which is an hour away from Rome. We decided to visit the city on our own and took the one-hour train ride. Cornelis “Cees” and Yvon Kloppenberg, Rotterdam to Athens on board ms Rotterdam.

Cruise Diary: Captain’s Cocktail Party

Cruise Diary: Captain’s Cocktail Party

Aboard ms Rotterdam. The Captain’s Cocktail Party gives you the opportunity to have a chat with ship’s officers and other staff members. I was pleased to be able to ask the captain about berthing our ship in Barcelona (see earlier blog pictures). It looked like we had only a few meters left between us and…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Meet the Staff

Cruise Diary: Meet the Staff

Aboard ms Rotterdam. In my blogs I always try to take pictures of staff — those who take care for the guests of ms Rotterdam. During a walk around the ship I met 4th Engineer Rick Geerlings. You will not see him every day because he is working in the ship’s engine rooms. During the…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Meet…”

Cruise Diary: Sept. 27, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Cruise Diary: Sept. 27, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Aboard ms Rotterdam, calling at Monte Carlo, Monaco. This weekend we were in Monaco. We are close now to our last week on board with many more fantastic destinations in Italy, Greece and Turkey to come. Here are some views of Monaco:

Cruise Diary: Parking ms Rotterdam

Cruise Diary: Parking ms Rotterdam

Aboard ms Rotterdam, calling at Barcelona, Spain. Every time we arrive at or leave our port of call it amazes me how Captain Peter Harris so easily moors our ship without any assistance of a harbor tug. In Barcelona he had to berth our ship between two other cruise vessels, and watching this operation from…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”