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4 hours ago, rafinmd said:

My first ever transatlantic was on a freighter, the Canmar Courage in 2003.  My second (and first westbound) was on the Crystal Symphony in 2006.  I I have no photos from September 3 but this is the sun rising on September 6, the day we arrived in Reykjavik.

 

 

 

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Canmar Courage

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Hi Richwmn,

 

I just started following The Daily—very interesting! My husband and I are on the Rotterdam VII Premiere Voyage, etc., etc. I was wondering if you know what may happen to the cruise staff of the HAL ships that were sold recently. I’m especially interested to know where the former Veendam captain (I think his name is Marek) ends up!?!

 

Donna (Darjeeling)

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Good afternoon! Thanks for the days, the meal/drink suggestions and the quote, Rich. Roy, prayers sent for those who need them, and happy thoughts to those who are celebrating. Who would have thought that there would be a Skyscraper Day?

 

Interesting quote. Those guys who try to erase the accomplishments of others are not to be trusted.

 

While I would love the meal, DH wouldn't touch it for the olives and DD wouldn't touch it due to the nuts. I think it will be toasted tomato sandwiches since I have an abundance of fresh tomatoes.

 

Confession here....I've never had vermouth. Maybe I'll try this drink next time on on a cruise. For merlot, I am partial to my homemade (ie cheap) blackberry merlot. It warms me through and through in the dead of winter. ❤️

 

It will be a relatively quiet day today, with some excitement when the 2yo grandson comes to play with his dad. I know the plan is to go swimming, but I'm also sure that with the cool nights, the pool isn't the warmest right now, despite heat and humidity this week. He's a chip off the old block, so it will be an entertaining time to say the least!

 

Blessings to all! Be well!

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3 hours ago, Seasick Sailor said:

@cat shepard Good morning Ann. So I walked by the salon a few days ago. There are big plastic rolling partitions between the customer and the nail tech for the pedi's and a large standing partition for mani's. It reminds me of a bank teller window.. So I decided to take the leap. You get your temp taken when you come in and they spritz your hands with sanitizer before you sit down. I felt ok with it. Looks like this:28AEE49B2A2D4CA381F1482ECF25C08C.jpg?ve=1&tl=1


Very good set up.

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2 minutes ago, Darjeeling said:

Hi Richwmn,

 

I just started following The Daily—very interesting! My husband and I are on the Rotterdam VII Premiere Voyage, etc., etc. I was wondering if you know what may happen to the cruise staff of the HAL ships that were sold recently. I’m especially interested to know where the former Veendam captain (I think his name is Marek) ends up!?!

 

Donna (Darjeeling)

 

Captain Marek Ryszard Zoll, the only Polish captain with HAL and promoted in 2019, is one of the former Veendam two captains (the other is Captain Steve MacBeath.) With Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam all leaving simultaneously, there are currently eight captains looking for a ship with only Rotterdam VII joining next year. It this is handled purely by seniority, it will have a trickle down effect and some recently promoted captains, like Capt. Zoll, might have to take a temporary step back to staff captain. Time will tell 

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19 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

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Less loaded than when I sailed her.  The schedule was a bit delayed and I was in Montreal on board about 3 days before we finally sailed.  I had a lovely stateroom with a huge picture window and was fascinated watching the cargo being loaded.  When we finally sailed this was the view out that window:

 

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Roy

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11 minutes ago, Darjeeling said:

Hi Richwmn,

 

I just started following The Daily—very interesting! My husband and I are on the Rotterdam VII Premiere Voyage, etc., etc. I was wondering if you know what may happen to the cruise staff of the HAL ships that were sold recently. I’m especially interested to know where the former Veendam captain (I think his name is Marek) ends up!?!

 

Donna (Darjeeling)


Welcome to the club, Donna!

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Just now, rafinmd said:

Less loaded when I sailed her.  The schedule was a bit delayed and I was in Montreal on board about 3 days before we finally sailed.  I had a lovely stateroom with a huge picture window and was fascinated watching the cargo being loaded.  When we finally sailed this was the view out that window:

 

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Roy

 

How was the ride across the Atlantic in her compared to a cruise ship?

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2 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

Captain Marek Ryszard Zoll, the only Polish captain with HAL and promoted in 2019, is one of the former Veendam two captains (the other is Captain Steve MacBeath.) With Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam all leaving simultaneously, there are currently eight captains looking for a ship with only Rotterdam VII joining next year. It this is handled purely by seniority, it will have a trickle down effect and some recently promoted captains, like Capt. Zoll, might have to take a temporary step back to staff captain. Time will tell 

Do you know how far down the roster the HAL staff can trickle?  When I was on QM2 the Captain was Asheem Hashmi.  He started his life as a Captain for British Airways.  After 9/11 when air traffic tumbled he worked his way down until he had a photo of himself wheeling a beverage cart in the main cabin.  Reading the tea leaves he moved on to ships.  Could of some the HAL senior officers end up as second officers.

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2 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

How was the ride across the Atlantic in her compared to a cruise ship?

I don't remember it being particularly rough but at that time I didn't have a lot to compare to.  I'd sailed Alaska and New England/Canada but nothing where I would hit much in the way of seas on a cruise ship yet.  My only equivalent experience was crossing the Drake Passage on a Russian ice breaker and the Courage was a LOT smoother.

 

Roy

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1 minute ago, rafinmd said:

Do you know how far down the roster the HAL staff can trickle?  When I was on QM2 the Captain was Asheem Hashmi.  He started his life as a Captain for British Airways.  After 9/11 when air traffic tumbled he worked his way down until he had a photo of himself wheeling a beverage cart in the main cabin.  Reading the tea leaves he moved on to ships.  Could of some the HAL senior officers end up as second officers.

 

That's up to HR (and Planning whose job it is to fill slots on ships) both in Seattle and, more importantly, to the individual crew member when they receive their new contract. If there are no more slots to fill because four ships are no longer there, a captain would wind up as a staff captain, a staff captain back to 1/O, a 1/O to 2/O, and so on. I don't believe you'll see officers "falling down" to more than one level below their current status 

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13 minutes ago, bennybear said:

Good morning and thanks everyone!  

@Copper10-8I am still shaking from your photo!  

 

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You wouldn't catch me up there having lunch 😉 Those guys had no fear just like the guys who built the Golden Gate Bridge on the other side of the country

 

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39 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

Captain Marek Ryszard Zoll, the only Polish captain with HAL and promoted in 2019, is one of the former Veendam two captains (the other is Captain Steve MacBeath.) With Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam all leaving simultaneously, there are currently eight captains looking for a ship with only Rotterdam VII joining next year. It this is handled purely by seniority, it will have a trickle down effect and some recently promoted captains, like Capt. Zoll, might have to take a temporary step back to staff captain. Time will tell 

Thank you! My hubby and I met him on the Veendam and would like to know what happens to him.  We knew he is Polish. It’s my heritage, too!😊

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41 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

The people of Gander, Nfld rock! (nice parking job too!)

 

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A bit of trivia.  In "Come From Away" Beverly Bass, Captain of AA 49, 36th plane to land says "On final approach we're coming into runway two-two and I'm thinking 'Where am I going to park this thing.  There are planes lined up like sardines'".  Gander has no runway two-two.  Did she make it up.  No!  They were renumbered in 2008.

 

PS: Bennybear, nice shot of the London theater.

 

Roy

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What the Marshaling Area on Statendam looks like the night prior to disembarkation day, without a doubt it, and disembarkation/embarkation day, the busiest days for the hard working boys and girls of the ship's Housekeeping Dept. The white painted metal luggage cages fold out (and in) and are loaded and unloaded with luggage. Not used, they are stored folded-in, and stacked, in that same Marshaling Area. Once loaded and stacked in a precise pattern, a lane has to be kept open for the embarking pilot early the next morning (see one of the break doors on the far left in the 1st pic). The cages themself, once in position, can not be moved by the ship's staff. That job is done by longshoremen, using the ship's electrically-powered forklifts 

 

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Disembarking crew personal luggage inspection by Security staff, also the night before they disembark

 

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I talked about the Park Rangers in Glacier National Park yesterday. This is one of them on the bridge providing a "play-by-play" via the ship's P/A system

 

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One of the two quartermasters always on duty/standing a watch on the bridge (No. 2 is standing at the wheel looking at this photographer 😉 ). They are usually more senior guys who have done their time as sailors. When the ship is on "hand steering,"  so not on "auto pilot" (hand steering is done when entering and exiting port), the QM will have both hands on the wheel and will verbally repeat direction and speed orders given to him by the pilot and/or the designated ship's officer (captain/staff captain or officer of the watch)

 

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Loading/offloading is Seward, AK is a very precise affair! Their conveyer belt has to be lined up precisely with one of the Marshaling Area break doors upon the ship's arrival that morning. It's the job of the security officer to, while standing in the open break door, call off the closing distance (in meters) to the bridge who are unable to see the break door in relation to the position on the dock from the bridge wing 

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Statendam southbound the "Inside Passage" so a good time for a fire drill. Staging on Sports Deck; "fire" in a fan room on Sky Deck; How does one get from Deck 2 to Deck 13? Try humping that number of stairwells fully kitted out with a SBCA tank on your back! Elevators are 'verboten' during fire drills since there is no guarantee that the elevators will be working in the event of a real fire (and loss of power)

 

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My guys, Rescue Squad + RS Asst. Commander (Asst. HK Santosh in his "blues"), standing by for instructions from the incident commander

 

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One of the fire teams has located a "victim" and is bringing him down a set of stairs to Medical/Stretcher Team standing by. Check out all that smoke, generated by a smoke machine, coming from the fan room up there

 

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Statendam's Lead Medical Officer (lead nurse) Sue and the stretcher team guys taken care of the "victim," yes an officer cadet

 

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End of drill

 

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Drill debrief in the OB

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6 hours ago, Vict0riann said:

 Spent a lot of money - I think prices are going up!

We noticed that a couple of months ago - now you can carry $100 worth of groceries in just 2 little bags.  It seems like nothing is really "on sale" any more.

 

Smooth Sailing!  🙂🙂🙂

Gerry

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