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Captain’s Log: Foggy Illusions

Captain’s Log: Foggy Illusions

Aboard Zuiderdam Sometimes we see some interesting things at sea. This morning we saw the newest Princess ship pulling up beside us. It is a Cabrio Cruiser. No really, the fog at the top end of Vancouver Island is obscuring the superstructure of the Sapphire Princess as we approach the Pine Island pilot station. In…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Glacier Bay

Captain’s Log: Glacier Bay

Aboard Zuiderdam Today was my first call in Glacier Bay in two years, and it’s surprising that even after 25 years and over 300 visits the place still excites me. Laying in front of the glacier waiting for some calving is like watching paint dry or grass grow, but not exactly. You know that every…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: First Things First

Captain’s Log: First Things First

Aboard Zuiderdam When you just get back from vacation there are a few things that have to be done. Getting up to speed on all the issues at hand is one, of course, but getting your uniforms presentable is also important — especially for the captain. The Zuiderdam is equipped with full service laundry and…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Cuban Air Patrol

Captain’s Log: Cuban Air Patrol

Aboard Zuiderdam Today as we rounded the west point of Cuba we were inspected by the local air patrol unit. After a thorough inspection of the portside bridge wing console we were escorted in the direction of Fort Lauderdale. I do believe Castro is getting a little hawkish. I shot the picture above. The two…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Overhauling an Engine

Captain’s Log: Overhauling an Engine

This cruise we are overhauling one of our five engines. Overhauls are scheduled based on the amount of running hours they accumulate. The engine is totally pulled apart. Cylinder heads, cylinder liners, valve lifters, pistons, bearings, vibration dampers, injectors, fuel pumps. Everything is inspected, cleaned or replaced and finally put together again. A small group…   read more of “Captain’s…”