13th January

Another day at sea, the Pacific Ocean living up to its name, lovely weather since we departed Fuerta Amador.   My days have been filled with meetings, social events, inspections around the ship and, of course, paperwork.  We have sailed 1,300 miles (2,080 kms) since Panama and have 2,500 miles, (4,000 kms) to Nuku Hiva.  Most of my guests enjoy the sea-days and I am no exception.  I also am in the predicament of not having Navigation information to post, nor photos, (unless you like photos of a vast ocean with nothing in sight).  So today, some photos of the Amsterdam’s Bridge.

Looking towards the centre, the console shows our chart table, (no longer used for charts, they are ‘electronic’ now).

The centre console, our ‘Multipilots’, (radar, with electronic chart overlays and with capability of ‘track’ pilot and ‘speed’ pilot)

The hand-steering wheel

The port Bridge-wing console, with slaved radar and electronic chart, the controls for manoeuvring (right) and the ‘joystick’ (foreground)

The ‘joystick’

Azipod controls, right and left; centre are the rpm manual controls

One of our (2) ‘skewed propellers

Both azipods, they face forward and ‘pull’ the ship through the water. When manoeuvring they can be swung individually through 360 degrees


15 thoughts on “13th January”

  1. Thanks for that. Have you got any of the engine room? ( I wonder who asked for that!!)
    Have a great world cruise 2019. Love to you both.xx

  2. Hi Captain!
    On WC 2015 we took the bridge tour and it was fascinating. Of course those tours can now only be taken while “in port” these days. But we had plenty of time to look around and ask questions. And actually we wondered about the color as well…?

    Safe travels.

  3. Actually, any pictures of the Amsterdam in all its glory would be appreciated since we were to be on this sailing and health issues prevented us from going. Perhaps on some sea days, have one of your staff take pictures of the various lounges, the Queen’s Lounge, the dining room, promenade deck, Crow’s Nest etc. and then post them for those of us landlocked this year. Maybe we will even see some of the friends we were supposed to be sailing with!!

  4. Hi Captain,
    Wonderful photos of the bridge….sometimes on some HAL ships I can go up thru the Veranda deck & look in thru a window to the bridge… fascinating!
    I will check it on the Maasdam soon.
    Safe travels to you all.

  5. I’ve often wondered why ships use those odd colors for engines and in the bridge. Is there a reason for the green and blue paint?

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