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Around the World with Captain Mercer: Bridgetown, Barbados

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

Bridgetown, Barbados beckoned us this morning. We had the luxury of being the only cruise ship in port on a lovely, sunny day. Docked at 0745 and cleared for guests at 0800, they were off to enjoy the day. The last time I made a call here was during a cruise when I was ‘observer’. It was on the “Ryndam” and having recently joined HAL, I was on board to see and learn the operational aspect of cruise ship management, that was almost 16 years ago, how time flies.

Photo taken by Safety, Environmental and Health Officer Hana Lucaks.

I stayed on board, plenty of work still to do, people to see, letters from guests to reply to. I managed to get to the gym for the first time since joining, nearly killed me 🙂 I’ve been lax in that respect.

Barbados is famous for not only its rum, but also that quintessentially English sport of cricket. This, I know, is a subject of many questions from those who haven’t a clue of the rules, or how it is played. Having tried to do so, even I, (considering I played it in my youth), have difficulty and after a few minutes I know that whoever I am explaining to, has lost all comprehension; quite understandable really. (I no longer try and leave it as a game where a ‘bowler’ gets a (very hard) ball down a wicket, trying to hit some stumps…… O never mind!

Friso, the Chief Officer took her out of Bridgetown harbour and we set courses for Belem, Brazil. This lies 1094 miles away to the south-east; it lies on the Para river, some 65 miles upstream from the Atlantic. The Para river is part of the Amazon River’s tributary system. I intend to arrive at the mouth of the river at 2 a.m. local (midnight Eastern), so we have Wednesday, Thursday at sea, during which time we cross the equator.

Captain Mercer is at the helm of Amsterdam’s 112-day Grand World Voyage.

  • Laure Champagne

    It is so extraordinary that we can follow you on your periple. The photos are great. My sister Denise Faulkner and her friend Monique Bertrand are travelling with you – I am so so thrill about the whole experience.
    Have a great day and Bon voyage.

  • lizday

    16 years! gaads, I remember that……what a wonderful time that was too! I think this is the best blog…and I won’t miss it while you are on this voyage!

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