Nieuw Amsterdam (IV), Eurodam, Seabourn Spirit & Voyager in Livorno
I was cruising on Voyager on the 23rd April 2014, and our first port was Livorno.  I had been here twice before but on much bigger ships (Celebrity Constellation and Norwegian Epic) so it made a change to be docked with the little ones and also in daylight.  Our original arrival time was 9am, departing 6pm but somewhere along the line it was changed and thank goodness!  Ahead of us were Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam (which we'd followed from Civitavecchia) and Seabourn Spirit, so I was getting new ships I'd never seen before.  Nieuw Amsterdam is the fourth vessel to have that name.  The 86,700grt ship debuted in 2010 and is the identical sister of Eurodam.  The 9,975grt Seabourn Spirit began service in 1989, the second ship of the fleet.  She and her sisters were sold to Windstar Cruises in 2013 and she will become Star Breeze from May 2015.  Also the ferries took priority but that was fine.
Seabourn Spirit was scheduled to sail at 7pm with the HALs with us at 6pm but they'd been swapped over.  As we were leaving, so was Eurodam.  I only noticed when a lot of noise came from that direction between the sisters.  Nieuw Amsterdam then started moving but it was getting too windy to stay out.  Eurodam followed us most of the night as we headed to San Remo and she to Monte Carlo.
To see photos of Eurodam in Civitavecchia click, here while those in Monte Carlo as we sailed by are here.  The review of my cruise can be found here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 23rd April 2014
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