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August 15, 2009

Sunny in Alaska on Royal Caribbean cruise


Sun. It’s actually really really sunny outside as the Radiance of the Seas enters the Inside Passage en route to our first port of call at Ketchikan. Of course it’s Alaska, so temperatures are only high of about 60, but some intrepid cruisers are actually in the outdoor pool. And the hot tubs are crowded. I prefer my little patch of sunlight on my private balcony.


But when I can pry myself away I’ve been wandering around the ship and it surely is a pretty one – the solarium pool, with covered dome, where the decor includes giant elephant sculptures and flowing waterfalls, is particularly lovely. The 12-deck atrium certainly does its thing as the ship’s active hub – live music filters up all the decks and balconies with railings allow you to check out the scene (venues off the atrium include a champagne bar).


Turns out the 40-year-old captain of the ship, Captain Claus Andersen, originally from Norway, is a bit of a joker.

I knew that immediately when in his welcome P.A. address he said “You can call me Captain. I even call myself Captain.” When me and other journalists onboard were invited up to the Bridge today I asked him what his favorite thing about cruising in Alaska is? His response, “You.”

But seriously, he like many of his passengers is a wildlife fan. And today there were sightings of humpback whales much to everyone’s delight.

1 Comment »

  1. I spent over 12 years working on them as a Scuba Instructor,
    Shore Excursion Manager and an IT Officer.

    During my years on ships, I have to stay that many things happened
    and that life is definately stranger than fiction on cruise ships.

    Many people have asked me to share the stories I have collected over
    the years, so I am complying with their request.

    The stories can be found at:

    Sean B. Halliday

    Comment by Sean B. Halliday — August 27, 2009 @ 9:20 am

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