Whilst I waited for Magnus to join in Civitavecchia I wandered the ship. It is rather larger than Seabourn Odyssey and took a bit of time to orientate myself. The port was very busy with 4 other large ships in port. P+Os Oceania was ahead of us and the Costa Fascinosa was astern. The port was heaving.
Once Magnus arrived we introduced ourselves to the Captain and his Staff Captain. We then spent time riding the bridge to get a feel for the ship.
Tuesday saw the ship in Naples. We docked in the same position on the same berth where I joined Minerva 2 for the very first time all those years ago. The view from the bridge was identical.
This role is completely new to me and these few days have been very interesting. To sit back and watch a bridge team in action has been very useful. To watch the team dynamics has also been useful to me when I eventually return to my own ship 2 years hence.
I now have 9 days leave before going to our simulator centre in Almere near Amsterdam for 5 weeks for some training and a bit of teaching then home for Christmas and New Year.
I will leave you with a few photos taken onboard.