European Travel and the Coronavirus
Norwegian Jade Cruise Photos
Day 14: At Sea
When we went onto our balcony before breakfast on our final sea day, we could see Italy's Adriatic coast. A fishing boat was on the prowl near Norwegian Jade.
The Ro-Ro ship UN Trieste cruised by as we watched from our balcony.
At 10. a.m., we attended a with three of the ship's senior officers in the Spinnaker Lounge. The officers answered questions from the passengers on a wide range of topics.
The ship's Master, , had a droll sense of humor.
We later looked up his Linkedin profile and learned that he has been in the shipping industry for more than 37 years, including 19 years with cruise ships. (Captain Hilden has also taught courses in tanker safety and Azipod operation at the maritime academy in his native Finland.)
, Norwegian Jade's Chief Engineer, is from Sweden. He's in charge of the ship's physical plant, including five massive diesel engines with a total capacity of 72,000 kW or 96,534 hp.
The ship's Hotel Director, , is a native of Serbia. He oversees all of the ship's hospitality operations, and he makes a point of being accessible: Passengers can call his phone extension if they have questions or complaints. (When we tried it, he picked up the phone himself.)
During the Q&A session, we learned random facts such as:
Later in the morning, we went to the Atrium for a "." The ship's Executive Chef was pitted against the Pastry Chef (right) and a volunteer from the audience named Kathy.
The contestants had 10 minutes or so to decorate a layer cake consisting of pound cake, strawberry jam, and whipped cream. The audience would judge the results by watching close-up images on the Atrium's big screen.
The Executive Chef played the role of the sulking villain, and "Kathy from New Mexico" quickly became the audience favorite.
Kathy's good cheer and enthusiasm paid off when the results were judged (even though her cake was the messiest of the three), and she won a gift certificate for dinner and a bottle of wine in the La Cucina specialty restaurant.
Out on deck, passengers were already having lunch at the Great Outdors restaurant.
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