Voyager, Eurodam, Berlin & Costa Serena in Civitavecchia
I flew to Rome on the 21st April 2014 to board the ship, Voyager.  I had last seen her in 2008 when she called into Southampton as Alexander von Humboldt, operated by Phoenix Reisen.  She had been the flagship of Voyages of Discovery since December 2012, generally replacing the ageing Discovery.  We would be staying overnight on the ship so I was in a prime position to see our port companions as they arrived.
An early start the following morning as our company was due to arrive.  First of all was Eurodam followed by Berlin and Costa Serena.  Berlin was a new one for me.  The 9570grt ship was ordered by Peter Deilmann, entering service as Berlin in 1980 until 1982 when she was chartered by Blue Funnel Cruises as Princess Mahsuri for three years then another brief charter for Metropolis Tur as Orange Melody in 2005.  From 2006-2013 she was Spirit of Adventure for Saga's under 50s cruising brand of the same name, returning to be Berlin for FTI Cruises from May that year.  Costa Serena I hadn't seen since January 2008.  Although she was just going to dock, it did look as though Berlin was backing away from the huge Costa.  After breakfast, it was time for dock photos.
Eurodam was due to sail at 4pm, which she did with the aid of a tug.  We were next at 6pm, backed up, turned and headed out.  Berlin wasn't until 7pm with the Costa around midnight.
To see photos of Voyager as Alexander von Humboldt and read about her history, click here.  To see photos of Eurodam in Livorno the following day, click here and with Berlin in Monte Carlo are here.  The review of my cruise can be found here.

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