Alaska Class Ferry Jul 26, 2013 15:58:29 GMT -8
Post by WettCoast on Jul 26, 2013 15:58:29 GMT -8
I believe that you are right on your point re 'crew culture', and it did change (not necessarily for the better) when BC Ferries moved its northern crew base north to Prince Rupert from Vancouver Island. I suspect that this is an issue for AMHS, as well.
One of the few disappointments that I had during my Alaska cruise earlier this month was not seeing the Malaspina (complete with her golden 50th anniversary funnel) during the day we were in Skagway. I had expected to see her first thing in the morning as we arrived in Skagway. I gather the Mal was there later in the day, but by that time I was on my WP&YR rail excursion to Carcross, Yukon. (Oh well, better luck next time...) Why AMHS changed this schedule, considering the crewing issue discussed in this thread, is curious.
BTW, I don't think live aboard (or long day) crews need to have for all intents & purposes two complete crews aboard in order to operate all services. Certainly they require more deck crew, officers & engine room personnel, but not in catering (I think). For AMHS & BCF northern routes, food services do not operate 24/7. One crew working split shifts should suffice.