Huge neigbours

Being back on board, leaving the drizzly northern European winter behind and arriving only half a day later in the tropical sun at St. Maarten. Everyone is busy preparing for the cruise season during the first few days at anchor. The ship is painted, cleaned and repaired.

Start cruise season

Part of the crew went home and the new crew and the ones returning have less a tan than the crew who joined the Atlantic Ocean crossing. Some visit a barber shop or buy clean socks because the crew wants to look as good as the ship does.
After the change of captains we sailed to Philipsburg, the only place at St. Maarten where it is possible for the Stad Amsterdam to lay alongside a quay. Here we receive stocks and fuel  for the cruises to come and where our guests come on board for our first trip to the Virgin Islands.

Us and them

On day two Philipsburg we got neighbors big in size. Or huge is a better word. The "Oasis of the Sea", one of the three largest cruise ships in the world, received a berth location next to us. On board is a former crew member of the Clipper, and after a visit of several of their officers to our ship, our crew was invited to take a look at the giant ship. I think the pictures do not need more explanation: one taken from our deck and the other one taken from their bridge. 

Now, three days later, they already returned to the United States, with a speed of 20 knots. And we are sail in the turquoise waters now in between the Virgin Islands: without a climbing wall or a place to golf on board, but sailing at places where a large ship will never be able to sail.

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about the author

Mortitz Kuhlenbäumer - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Between 2007 and 2012 Moritz sailed on the Stad Amsterdam already as second officer for one year and as first officer for four years. In June 2015 Moritz Kuhlenbäumer became one of the two captains on board.