Vision of the Seas & Tahitian Princess in Amsterdam
It was a glorious day in Amsterdam on the 4th May 2009 so after returning from seeing Queen Victoria and Rotterdam (V) in Amsterdam, we walked from Centraal Station to the cruise terminal which gave some wonderful views of our Ducky Bum!
The following day the weather had changed completely to cold and wet.  Tahitian Princess was due in with us for 9am, sailing at 5pm.  I got up early and thankfully it was cold and cloudy but dry.  She was already on the approach so I made my way forward to get some good shots as she neared.  The 30,277grt Tahitian Princess started her career for Renaissance Cruises as R Four in December 1999 until 2002 when Princess took her.  She did cruises around Australasia but in 2009 was repositioned in Europe following a world cruise.  In October 2009 her name was changed to Ocean Princess (II) and she was sold to Oceania Cruises in November 2014, to become Sirena in 2016.
She slowed right beside us and began to turn with the aid of the tug.  She was so close you could almost touch her.  It was better than in Mazatlan when we turned and docked in front of Dawn Princess!
I decided to go to the Promenade Deck for some shots and found the crew were cordoning me off!  One put the rope across after I'd passed but the other was already up the wrong side of the door, meaning I had to duck underneath.  I went down and encountered the same thing on the starboard side while they did work.  Luckily port side was open so I could do what I wanted.
I went back to the cabin to warm up before Rowan and I went walkabout to get photos of the ships.  It was really cold, even for her when she normally doesn't feel it.
We returned to the ship to defrost and have lunch after a little shopping in the terminal.  Later we went up before 5pm for the sailing of Tahitian Princess.  Now it was raining meaning we had to stay undercover as best we could on the Promenade Deck.  That wasn't easy with the wind as well.  Finally she began to move and parped.  We followed her along the deck as far as we could.  Rowan said she understood the meaning of ship stalking!
That was her gone then as we waited on deck for our own sailaway.  It was nice having something else in with us.  For the review of the Vision cruise, click here.
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© Patricia Dempsey 4th May 2009
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25th November 2014