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Rhapsody is a name derived from the word rhapsdia. The term is of Greek origin and indicated the presentation by rhapsodists, singers or storytellers of part of a poem, during an epic narrative. A rhapsody is also a musical composition with one movement of a very free and varied nature. It does not follow a fixed pattern, but is presented as a set of melodic lines that are very different from one another in terms of harmony and rhythm, thus giving an almost improvisational tone to the composition. Since a rhapsody is presented as a sequence of different musical episodes, it lends itself easily to having a fixed thematic context whose multiple aspects are presented by the songs within it. However, its full definition also describes it as an epic composition of different cultures and ages, which is the feeling one gets when boarding this ship, with its a mixture of languages, cultures, colours, nationalities, professions and ages.
The people who work on board have just emerged from vocational colleges and universities and are trained in the field to the highest level in terms of skills and specialisation. The majority are from 20 to 40 years old, which is the average age of the skilled workers. We are in Naples, but it is like being in the tower of Babel, as the crew is Ukrainian and Romanian, there are French consultants, Estonian electricians, Indian labourers, an Estonian captain and Italian-Swiss owner, so the official language on board is obviously English, even though Neapolitan is more than just a nuance.
We are on the car deck, but it looks more like a steel factory, where the flex, welder and hoists are the soundtrack and 150 workers and engineers are the orchestra. We approach a hole measuring approximately 2 m x 2 m, topped with a steel-clad porch. Below, two giant engines stand out among the overalls and heads of the mechanics and workers who are busy in the belly of the ship.
Four drive shafts measuring a length of 10 m and weighing 12 tons appear from this opening. From here, the almost completely intact engines, which were inserted disassembled, part by part, from the head to the screws, can now been seen in position. We go down the steep, narrow ladder that leads to the engine room. The ceiling is low, the floor cluttered with cables, ventilation ducts and pieces of steel. The constant coming and going of workers, seamen and engineers clutters the narrow passages.

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