Category Archives: MY VOYAGES

Halloween party on board HS Bach

Halloween party

Many people consider Halloween a children’s holiday or just a foolish way in which adults behave like children, but it is nothing wrong in this. Adults should never forget how to have fun and how to enjoy perfectly harmless children games in order to keep their spirit young as long as possible. Moreover, leisure and fun activities are always welcome on a vessel where people work many hours continuously without the prospect of enjoying peaceful and rewarding evenings in the warm and cozy environment of their beloved homes.

Going ashore in Bremerhaven

Going ashore in Bremerhaven

The port of Bremerhaven is located at the junction of two rivers – Weser and Geeste – near the exit towards the North Sea and ~ 60 km North of the city of Bremen. It is one of the major ports of Germany and a port of call for many passenger vessels travelling across the North and Baltic Seas. The port includes berths for container vessels, bulk and car carriers, tankers and cruisers and it is situated ~ 5 km away from the city.

Baptism on board HS Beethoven (March 2015)

Baptism ceremony

 

Being on the vessel for the first time or crossing the Equator are both great opportunities for seafarers to receive blessings and show respect towards the Gods of Sea. It is a very important event in the life of seafarers and passengers alike and it must be celebrated accordingly. 

Going ashore in Hong Kong

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The port of Hong Kong is one of the busiest and biggest in the world. Despite of its huge size and numerous terminals, going out of this port is quite an easy task and it requires only a small effort – from the financial and time consuming point of view. But, with cargo operations going at high speed everywhere in the world – and especially in China – you can consider yourself very lucky if your vessel stays alongside more than 12 hours. If the stay is during daytime and your responsibilities on board allow it, you can take this opportunity and go out of the port for a short walk.

Voyage HS Beethoven (February – July 2015)

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My voyage on HS Beethoven started on the 16th of February in the port of Hong Kong where I joined the vessel together with my husband. The ship was chartered for CMA CGM and the trade took us from China and Taiwan to Australia and New Zealand with a bonus port in New Caledonia. As a complete round Hong KongHong Kong lasted 7 weeks, we stayed on board three rounds which extended our voyage to 4 months, 3 weeks and 4 days.

Celebrating Easter on board HS Beethoven

Easter on board

Holidays on board are always welcome and must be celebrated with joy and (at least) a festive dinner where all the crew can get together to share a glass and a nice conversation. Last year I spent Easter on board HS Bruckner in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea, underway to Malta and in the middle of a joyful team of Romanians, Montenegrins and Filipinos. Both the Catholic and the Orthodox Easters were celebrated in the same day and everybody was more than happy to take part in the event and get involved in the preparations as much as possible.

Meeting the little blue penguin in Otago Peninsula

Visiting the blue penguin colony

I always like meeting new people in the new places we arrive with the vessel or while on holiday. The locals can be the best guides and they can offer you all the information you need in order to make the best of your visit. Moreover, I always considered the locals as the best sources for tips and recommendation and their help is even more valuable when the visit is very short.

Going ashore in Shanghai

Going ashore in Shanghai

Going ashore in the big port of Shanghai is a great challenge for passengers and seafarers alike – from the point of view of expenses and time required – but nevertheless a risk worth taking. With cargo operations taking place at high speed and after 4-5 hours maneuver up the Huangpu River it is very difficult for seamen working on port container vessels to find a little time to go out and visit Shanghai.

Voyage HS Debussy (August – December 2014)

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I joined HS Debussy together with my husband in the beautiful port of Valencia at the beginning of August 2014. As far as we had known before stepping on board, the vessel was engaged in a Mediterranean SeaEast USA Coast trade with two extra ports in Mexico and it was supposed to remain on the same route for at least 3 months, the duration of the charter with Hapag Lloyd. As our future was uncertain – starting with the beginning of November – I enjoyed the given route very much and I was looking forward to the perspective of one month anchoring as well. In the end, things didn’t come out exactly as I expected them to be, but much better.

Transiting the Strait of Dardanelles

Transiting Dardanelles Strait

Dardanelles Strait (Çanakkale Bogazi) is situated in the northwestern part of Turkey and connects the Aegean Sea with the Marmara Sea. It is 40 miles long (70 km) and 1 to 4 miles wide (2 to 6 km) and can be transited in both ways.