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29 June 2008, Ketchikan.

The 50% rain must have fallen somewhere else as it was a sunny and nice day. We were lucky; two days earlier the rain clouds had dropped 10 inches of rain in one day resulting in a lot of un-happy campers returning early to the ships that were in Ketchikan that day. We have had…   read more of “29 June 2008,…”

27 June 2008, Vancouver.

27 June 2008, Vancouver.

There were a lot of happy people today in Vancouver, as it was a sunny day and thus far they have not had many of them. We docked at our usual spot on the West side of Canada place with the nose to open waters. I personally prefer to dock with the nose towards the…   read more of “27 June 2008,…”

26 June 2008, At Sea.

26 June 2008, At Sea.

We had a repeat of last cruise southbound, very windy and rainy weather, on our way down to Vancouver. While Vancouver city itself was bathing in summer temperatures; in the Queen Charlottes it was autumn weather, if only just for one day. It is amazing what one mountain ridge on Vancouver Island can do to…   read more of “26 June 2008, At…”

25 June 2008, Ketchikan.

During the night we had the real first fog of the season. Very low clouds in combination with drizzle and rain. So between 3 and 6 am. the Veendam’s fog horn sounded through the inside passage reminding everybody that we were around, even if we could not be seen. It required my presence on the…   read more of “25 June 2008,…”

24 June 2008, Juneau.

24 June 2008, Juneau.

Today at little story about the lay out of the port of Juneau, as I have two air pictures to share, courtesy of the Chief officer and his wife who went for an afternoon flight. We arrived nice and early in Juneau being the first ship to dock. By the time these photos were taken…   read more of “24 June 2008,…”

23 June 2008, Skagway.

23 June 2008, Skagway.

In most ports we are leading the cruise ship parade into town, here in Skagway we are the last one coming in and that means that we can set our own pace sailing up the Lynn Canal. With an official arrival of 0800 hrs we can approach the dock around 7 am and be all…   read more of “23 June 2008,…”

22 June 2008, Sitka.

We made up some speed during the night but not enough to off-set the time lost during the ice navigation in Hubbard glacier. The ship was doing quite nicely until a weather system located about 100 miles south of Sitka started to move north and brought wind force 8 and 10 feet swells for most…   read more of “22 June 2008,…”