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  1. wolfie11

    Haines, Alaska?

    Can Radiance even dock in Haines?
  2. I've been on it. It's OK. You drive around on a boat to look at the lighthouse and see the totems at Totem Bight from the water. As I remember, it's reasonably priced, but I'd rather spend more and do the deadliest catch tour or eat crab at St. George's Lodge.
  3. Casinos are open when not in port except they are closed in Glacier Bay.
  4. There is no winter access from Cantwell. The road may be plowed for a short distance for homes and businesses, but you can't get far. I believe they may keep the road open into Denali as far as Savage River. From Fairbanks, a great place to view the lights is Murphy Dome Road or north of Fox.
  5. I wish I shared your optimism, Chief. Maybe, given enough time, everyone would get off, but on a listing ship in difficult conditions, I'm not so sure. Look at the Estonia, for example, with most passengers unable to access the lifeboat deck. Add to that the age and physical condition of many passengers, the effects of an unlimited drinks package on the judgement and capabilities of imbibing passengers, and the logistics of getting 8000 people off a ship, I would be surprised if everyone got off safely.
  6. Not everyone goes to the Caribbean. In well over a hundred cruises, I've been on two to the Caribbean and one of those was free. I've sailed to dozens of countries on six continents (Antarctica this January if it happens). I don't shop, don't drink onboard, and don't gamble. I do a few shore excursions to places that would be hard to get to on my own, but usually I rent a car or wander around with my camera. I have twenty years of great memories, a few extraordinary experiences, interesting food, thousands of photographs, and a lot of tee shirts. Everyone cruises for their own reasons...
  7. I've done Alaska on the Diamond, Sapphire, Golden, Dawn, Pacific, Coral, Sun, and Royal. My favorite is the Pacific, followed by the Coral. I would never do it again on the Royal. She's not a good fit for Alaska and not a good fit for me. I avoided the atrium and activities there as it was way too crowded. Early shows were packed, buffet was packed, the ship left Ketchikan early and I couldn't do my excursion because they had to arrive in Vancouver on the low tide. We were fortunate with good weather, as the ship can't dock in winds greater than 25 knots. The food was good, but nothing really special. I cruise Alaska for scenery and wildlife, and I think this ship is the worst choice for that...
  8. I loved the sled dog camp. It was lots of fun. I would never drive to the summit in a bus. Train is the only way to go, or as others have suggested, rent a car for the day. I also enjoy walking around in Skagway, hiking Lower Dewey Lake trail, going to ranger talks, and eating halibut and drinking spruce tip beer at the brewery.
  9. Been to Alaska on both. Absolutely the Coral.
  10. wolfie11

    Research time!

    King salmon fishing is decent in May for trolling in the ocean. In fact, the Ketchikan king salmon derby usually starts around mid-May. On the other hand, the king numbers have been way down the last few years, with catch and release only regulations in place.
  11. I think you have to know Alaska humor pretty well to get why this is funny...
  12. All the above is, of course, true. I am just wondering if any cruise line would be tempted to apply to their Association for a polar certificate based on the fact that they would be traveling only a few degrees south of 60 and the mean daily low temperature would be above 20 degrees F (MDLT for Elephant Island in January) for a period of less than four days, which should not pose a significant threat to equipment. Stability under ice accretion conditions could be a problem. A baseball bat on every balcony? 😆 My biggest worry with large vessels would be emergency evacuations, which, unless conditions were very good, might result in a disaster (what could have happened on Viking Sky). You can carry Gumby suits on board but can passengers actually don them without considerable help? In rough seas and with a list, how many can make it to their muster stations? I would like to believe that cruise lines are selling Antarctica cruises beyond 2021 in good faith with the idea that they will have ships with polar certificates to make these cruises happen, but on the other hand, I have become somewhat cynical about their business methods over the years...
  13. There is no specific geographic destination for where what class of ship may go, likely due to ever-shifting conditions and changing ice cover. If you are traveling above 60 degrees, your ship must have a polar certificate. I would think most cruise ships would get a Class C certificate, which would be an ice-strengthened hull. However, according to the code, a non ice-strengthened ship could be granted a certificate if the classification society determined that the hull was sufficiently strong to withstand damage by ice according to the parameters laid out in the code. It would be incumbent on the ships master to ensure the ship did not get into any ice conditions beyond that for which it is rated.
  14. I spent a little time looking at this. According to what I read and you highlighted above, ships have 5 years after their last intermediate survey to grandfather in under the polar code. The date this went into effect is January 1, 2018. Westerdam was surveyed in April 2017, which may allow her to travel to Antarctica until April, 2022, but not after that. Surveys are required by the IMO every five years.
  15. Not sure if this helps, but the FMC is considering changes to cruise ship deposits https://www.fmc.gov/commissioner-sola-proposes-changes-to-fmc-regulations-on-cruise-line-performance-refunds/ https://www.fmc.gov/resources-services/cruise-passenger-assistance/ Or you could try to sic the Cruise Law News guy on them or contact your local legislators if a chargeback doesn't work.
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