For me, half the fun of taking any trip is photographing all the other ships I see along the way, and a voyage to the Mediterranean is about as good as it gets for ship-spotters. The sheer amount of ferries, cruise ships and other vessels plying these waters is nothing short of extraordinary.

On our recent Live Voyage Report from Rome to Nice aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Star, I was fortunate to run into some of the newest vessels afloat, along with some old favorites. Here’s a look through my ship-spotting album:

MSC Orchestra towers over the tugboat escorting us out of the port of Civitavecchia, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

MSC Orchestra towers over the tugboat escorting us out of the port of Civitavecchia, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Also docked in Civitavecchia: Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Also docked in Civitavecchia: Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

An Oldie But a Goodie: the Island Escape, formerly Royal Caribbean's distinctive Viking Serenade. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

An Oldie But a Goodie: the Island Escape, formerly Royal Caribbean’s distinctive Viking Serenade. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Le Petite Bateau: SeaDream's SeaDream II. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Le Petite Bateau: SeaDream’s SeaDream II. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

MSC Lirica alongside at Civitavecchia. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

MSC Lirica alongside at Civitavecchia. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Silversea's fantastic Silver Wind, at anchor off Portofino, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s fantastic Silver Wind, at anchor off Portofino, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

...and last but not least, Windstar Cruises' Wind Star. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

…and last but not least, Windstar Cruises’ Wind Star. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

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