I was wrong. For whatever reason, two folders had not been copied in full: the folder featuring images from my spring 2013 Baltic Sea cruise onboard St. Peter Line's Princess Anastasia, and the one with photos from my autumn 2013 Mediterranean cruise onboard Holland America Line's Rotterdam. The photos from the port of Piraeus, which I have been sharing with you during the winter, all originated from that trip. I had also been saving a large number of interior images from the Rotterdam to share with you at a later date, as well as a number of splendid exterior shots of the same ship. Well, I shan't be sharing the interior images with you, as they no longer exist, thanks to the wonders of computers. Fortunately I had copied some of the exterior images to a different folder for some reason. I'm not sure if these are the best selection, but they are the only surviving selection.
Built 1997, Fincantieri Venice, Italy
Tonnage 61 849 GT
Length 237,95 m
Width 32,25 m
Draugth 7,80 m
1 668 passengers
1 668 berths
5 Sulzer Fincantieri diesels, combined 37 500 kW
2 bow thrusters
2 stern thrusters
Speed 25 knots
For a very brief history of the current Rotterdam, see the first entry on the ship. Those interested in an account of what it was like to cruise on her can read my four-part report at MaritimeMatters: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. The report also includes interior shots, albeit in a smaller resolution than what I normally use here.
The photographs below show the Rotterdam in the port of Kusadasi (15 November), Marmaris (16 November) and Alanya (17 November), respectively. As always, click on the individual images to see them in larger size.
|Showing her scifi-sleek looks, with the equally futuristic (albeat rather differently designed) Celebrity Constellation berthed behind her.|
|Making her maiden call at Marmaris, which was definately the least interesting port in the itinery - though it did yield fine photos.|
|Alanya offered by far the best photo opportunities of the voyage. I'm a bit surprised one doesn't see more photos like this floating around.|