Having spent 36 hours in the Marittima, (the cruise terminal), disembarked our guests from the previous cruise and embarked our guests for our forthcoming “Mediterranean Empire” cruise, we were asked to leave! Not quite, but shift berths due to anticipated congestion in the Marittima with 5 cruise ships arriving.
This was great news for our guests, (not so good for us, as it involved a shift at 3:30 a.m.), our new berth was at the “Setti Martiri,” actually on the Canal san Marco and a short walk from the ‘sights’. I was last here on the “Veendam,” when she had just been delivered and I was new to the company, how time flies!
This is the view I have from my verandah, a view which would cost thousands of $ in an hotel, our guests get it for free! The Camponile de San Marco is the tower on the right, this is in St. Mark’s square; the Doge’s Palace, (he who ruled Venice), is the building at its base; the domed church centre is Santa Maria de Salute and the Grand canal just to its right.
Jonathan Mercer is Nieuw Amsterdam’s captain.