Post by Northern Exploration on Jul 15, 2008 6:28:07 GMT -8
Spirit of Yorktown and the sister ship Yankee Clipper are about the size of ship I would like to go to Alaska with. They can dock in much smaller areas than the large cruise ships. I have often seen them in places like Cowichan Bay. We passed one of them on the last inside passage trip I took as well. It was sitting watching a pod of Dahl's Porpoises. They were circling a school of smaller fish and feeding. A cruise ship and for that matter the ferry would slow but couldn't be as flexible with their schedule.
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Post by Political Incorrectness on Jul 15, 2008 19:17:51 GMT -8
Depends on which week, they switch off doing cruises to alaska then back, essentially one week one way to Alaska then Alaska to Vancouver. That Holland America ship was most likely Statendam. Was this from a Friday night?
Spirit of Yorktown and the sister ship Yankee Clipper are about the size of ship I would like to go to Alaska with. A cruise ship and for that matter the ferry would slow but couldn't be as flexible with their schedule.
While I agree with the small ship being the way to go, one has to take into account their abysmal safety record. It's almost an annual occurrence that one of the smaller ships is on a sand bar or rock. A month ago Cruise West's Spirit of Glacier Bay was on a bar high and dry near Glacier Bay. Last year it was the paddle wheeler sitting on a sandbar and listing near Juneau. I also recall the Spirit of 98 running aground and taking on water near Tracy Arm. Then add the Spirit of Columbia, Wilderness Adventure, Wilderness Explorer (twice), Clipper Odessy, and Yorktown Clipper to the list of those that have grounded in Alaskan waters.
Is this a systemic problem - probably yes. You have to factor in that with a small passenger base, and thus small revenue base the bridge cannot be staffed with 3 crew while sailing. Thus many are probably operated with just one person on the bridge and that individual is probably inexperienced. Probably most do not carry a pilot because they are American flagged. Add in the the treacherous waters of the Alaskan panhandle and you have potential problems.