My visit on the Nieuw Amsterdam.

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Aft looking forward on the Lido Deck

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.

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Costa Fascinosa lies astern.

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.

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Vesuvius from the bridge on a perfect morning in Naples harbour.

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.

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Captain Magnus Bengtsson typing up his notes. I take over the Fleet captains position from him.

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One of the bridge teams on MV Nieuw Amsterdam.

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Nieuw Amsterdam berthed in Livorno. Time to fly home.

Mark Dexter 2015