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  1. I believe this varies by cruise line. With Viking, the OBC from the TA is listed as refundable. When our last cruise was cut short we received the entire OBC provided by our TA back, shortly after returning home.
  2. Although we didn't get married on a ship, we did meet aboard SS Oriana between Vancouver & Sydney. Also spent about 8 days aboard Sun Princess in Esquimalt Drydock, shortly after we were married.
  3. SS Uganda in 1976 and SS Oriana 1977. In my experience, at least on P&O ships, single ladies outnumbering men was very common back in the 70's & 80's. Love Boat filming was mostly completed on the original Pacific Princess and Island Princess, with most of it on Pacific. Spent 4 months on Island in 1979 and another 4 months on Sun Princess in 1980. Brilliant ships.
  4. Ha Ha, that's quite a typo, missing a couple of letters.🙂
  5. Right on Jim - this is discussed in detail during the safety briefing. Normally mentioned multiple times.🙂
  6. The ship's safety manuals will have written procedures for helo ops. Probably required - area secured, area inspected to remove all loose debris from decks, secure/remove chairs, tables, etc. all participants with PPE, fire-team standing by with foam system, aerials lowered/removed, planning meeting before to assign tasks, etc.
  7. Wow - winching up about 100'. That is way higher than we have practiced, but our drills were always in sheltered bays, not in a raging gale with the ship pitching/rolling. Last drill we completed with the SAR helo, the chopper (CH-149 Cormorant) was only about 30' above the deck.
  8. If you have any additional survival craft/evacuation questions, feel free to ask them.
  9. Incredible photos, thanks for posting. When conducting helo ops on the ship, especially with military helicopters, the thing I recall most is the incredible down wash from the rotors. Standing on deck waiting to be lifted off, the combination of down wash and storm must have been incredible.
  10. Jim - we also stopped at Burger Queen in Ketchikan a few times. About a block up from the Sourdough. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but great, huge and sloppy burgers. Lots of crew frequent this place. Only have a few tables, so we would get a take-out and go sit on a bench.
  11. Not quite correct. When completing timed evacuation trials, in my experience, the Flag State Inspectors started the clock when the Master issued the order to Abandon the ship. Prior to commencing the process, we would have completed a thorough safety inspection of the area and equipment, all the participants/volunteers were mustered at the survival craft wearing lifejackets and had been briefed and Flag State/Class/Owners/Manufacturer's reps would be present. Once the Flag State Inspector was ready, the Owner's Rep was advised, who then requested the Master to proceed. During an emergency, the Master is required to ensure sufficient trained crew are present to complete 5 tasks concurrently, one of which is preparing the survival craft. Lifeboats can be lowered and raised relatively easily, so they are prepared to the point that they can be loaded with pax. Liferafts and MES were different, as once inflated they must be returned to a service station for service and repacking, so they were never inflated prior to use. For D/L rafts, we placed a raft at each station, secured the davit hook and all lines. For an MES the only prep was opening the door. Once the Master issued the "Abandon Ship" order the Flag State Inspector started the clock. If lifeboats, embarkation would commence immediately and they had 30 mins to load the boat to capacity and lower it to the water. With D/L rafts, the raft was immediately inflated by pulling the painter - rafts are required to fully inflate in < 60 secs. This metric is also recorded. Once the raft is loaded with 25 people, it is lowered to the water, hook recovered and another raft is in place. They repeat with as many rafts as they can handle in 30-mins. With MES, once abandon ship is issued, the deploy order is given. Similar to liferafts, the entire MES rafts and slides must inflate in < 60 secs. We time this by listening for the pressure relief valves opening. Depending on the system, the crew must send a few crew down first to prepare the rafts. Pax are descending from about minute 2 to minute 5, depending on manufacturer. Other Flag States may only require the survival craft be lowered to the water, but in Canada we were required to tow all survival craft 100 yds from the ship to stop the clock. I also note other Flag States may have different interpretations of SOLAS, as these are my experiences with UK (many years ago) and more recently with Canada, where I had to plan/operate a few of them.
  12. Haven't been to Alaska with Viking, but have cruised there many times, both as a pax and working. Don't think we have been there since we retired, so info is at least 8 yrs old. Ketchikan - normally has a plethora of flight-seeing options. They also have a few local lodges that are fly/cruise-in that host traditional Alaskan buffets. In town, we usually walk the length of historic creekside and take the funicular up to the totem poles. Juneau - Our best ever whale watching tour was in Juneau. The dog sledding on the glacier by helicopter is great tour and similar to Ketchikan, will probably have a plethora of additional flight-seeing options. On your own, a trip up the cable car provides great views on a clear day. You can also take a taxi to the glacier visitor centre, which is just outside the town. Last time in Juneau, we walked into town and booked the Alaska Brewery shuttle to the brewery at the edge of town. Spent the entire afternoon sampling. Skagway - probably will have various combinations of the train or train/bus tours. A boat trip down to Haines can be interesting, as you can then drive north along the river a ways. I usually head up the hill to Lower Dewey Lake and then wander around the lake. In my younger days I would venture up to Upper Dewy Lake, but that is a good hike. Lower lake is only 500 to 600' up, but the upper lake is about 3,000'. Sitka - only been once and that was back in 1980, so memory a little hazy. I found the Russian heritage rather impressive. Rocky Mountaineer - for train buffs this is an impressive journey, with train by day and hotels stays overnight. You have similar options by Via Rail, but they operate 24/7, so you do miss sections at night. However, unless a serious rail buff, I often suggest flying into Calgary, hiring a car or motorhome and driving across, seeing the areas that interest you.
  13. Must admit the 5-day test matches can be a little dry, akin to watching paint dry, but the 1-day matches can be interesting. Spent yesterday morning cycling between Sky Sports & DAZN, watching the Leicester and Spurs matches, the England/Australia 1-day cricket and the Tuscany GP. Saturday was Scottish Premier, preceded by Arsenal and followed by Liverpool. Life is grand that foottie is back on the telly. 😁🥂 After 4 months on the Sun with no football, I was going into withdrawal.🙁
  14. I did 2MFG at South Shields, completing the 4-day fire-fighting during phase 1 college in 1976. My last advanced FF was back in 1984, when I completed my Masters. As they didn't have sufficient capacity at the fire-school, we were grand-fathered during our 5-yr certificate renewals. DS has completed a few courses - Vancouver, Glasgow, Alaska, etc. Talking to him, sounds like they are not so intense, some of them use propane rather than diesel and not sure if they experience fire without an SCBA. Similar to the Chief, we were digging through concrete to get below the smoke, then finally doors opened and we were literally picked up and tossed outside to puke.
  15. Affirmative, right at the top of the Adriatic on the East side. I believe the shipyard is based in Trieste, which has a repair yard. Best guess is she could be getting some warranty work and/or modifications completed
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