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Capt. Mercer and his Amsterdam 2019 GWV blog

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For those who are interested, Captain Jonathan Mercer took command of Amsterdam on 22 Jan 2019 to commence another Grand World Voyage. Today, they are in Santa Marta, Colombia, getting ready for their Panama Canal transit the day after tomorrow

 

The captain's blog can be seen at

 

http://captainjonathan.com/santa-marta-colombia/

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Thanks for posting this, I'll follow along.

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Does it look like he will be back for one more World Cruise?

 

Roy

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1 minute ago, rafinmd said:

Does it look like he will be back for one more World Cruise?

 

Roy

 

Pretty sure we will have an answer to that at the conclusion of this year's GWV

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So glad to see him posting again.  

rafinmd  it was posted in blog on this world cruise that Captain Johnathan would

be doing next years world cruise.  Great for those of us who are signed up for it.

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I read that too and was delighted that we'll have at least two years of his blog (this year and next year).  

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7 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

Pretty sure we will have an answer to that at the conclusion of this year's GWV

Diane posted in her blog he told her he was invited back and agreed to lead the 2020 WC. 🙂

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5 minutes ago, sppunk said:

Diane posted in her blog he told her he was invited back and agreed to lead the 2020 WC. 🙂

 

Capt. Mercer has been discussing retirement for a couple of years now. Good to hear he's sticking it out for another one after this GWV. Sure his lovely wife Karen is a happy camper! :classic_wink:

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I was once with jonathin several years ago. He is a good Captain.

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On 1/25/2019 at 6:18 PM, sppunk said:

Diane posted in her blog he told her he was invited back and agreed to lead the 2020 WC. 🙂

 

Confirmed yesterday in his blog - One more Grand World Voyage in 2020 prior to his retirement :classic_smile:

 

"This was to be my last canal transit, in 2020 we will go south, around South America and through the Magellan Straits"

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Dear Sir,

will you be doing any of the 14 day to Alaska out of Seattle?  We will be on the Amsterdam 9 May. It would be a great pleasure to sail with you again.

Fred & Evy Nitchy

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On 1/30/2019 at 5:34 PM, Copper10-8 said:

 

Confirmed yesterday in his blog - One more Grand World Voyage in 2020 prior to his retirement :classic_smile:

 

"This was to be my last canal transit, in 2020 we will go south, around South America and through the Magellan Straits"

 

I'll believe that he retires when he actually does.  When he was Master of the Nieuw Amsterdam in her very early years of service, Captain Mercer attended a Q&A and indicated that he would be retiring soon.  

 

Whenever he does choose to retire, it will be a loss for HAL and her guests.  Captain Mercer is a gentleman, obviously a fine mariner, and very guest oriented.

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3 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

 

I'll believe that he retires when he actually does.  When he was Master of the Nieuw Amsterdam in her very early years of service, Captain Mercer attended a Q&A and indicated that he would be retiring soon.  

 

Whenever he does choose to retire, it will be a loss for HAL and her guests.  Captain Mercer is a gentleman, obviously a fine mariner, and very guest oriented.

 

 

Agreed 100% on the fine captain! As far as when he will retire (my money is still on after the 2020 GWV), here's a hint: the Mrs. will have some input also and she really likes the GWVs and everything that comes with them :classic_wink:

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Captain Jonathan Mercer was my FIRST captain - Oosterdam July 2005 - on my very first cruise.  I've been fortunate to sail with him many times since. I've been following his blog with so much enjoyment. His wife and family are with him on the present voyage and he is enjoying every minute it seems. I thought this was probably his last cruise before retirement, but the news that he'll be back gives me hope that he might still be on Amsterdam when I board this August 2019 for my birthday cruise!!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed anyway. 

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10 minutes ago, Moriah said:

Captain Jonathan Mercer was my FIRST captain - Oosterdam July 2005 - on my very first cruise.  I've been fortunate to sail with him many times since. I've been following his blog with so much enjoyment. His wife and family are with him on the present voyage and he is enjoying every minute it seems. I thought this was probably his last cruise before retirement, but the news that he'll be back gives me hope that he might still be on Amsterdam when I board this August 2019 for my birthday cruise!!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed anyway. 

 

 

Capt. Mercer will be on vac in August; it will be the other AMDM senior captain, Fred Eversen

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2 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

 

Capt. Mercer will be on vac in August; it will be the other AMDM senior captain, Fred Eversen

Oh thanks for letting me know! (bTW where did you find this info?)

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2 hours ago, Moriah said:

Oh thanks for letting me know! (bTW where did you find this info?)

 

I have a crew list however, check out Captain Albert Schoonderbeek's blog 

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