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Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
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Joined Sep 2007
For those who may not know it, the good ship Persephone was restored a few years ago and has permanent resting spot in Gibsons (Landing) short few paces from Molly's Reach.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FSBJz6V9Ve0

Just a couple of local lore, Bruno got caught sneaking on to the local,golf club so many times, he was forced to join the club or they were going to charge him with trespass. I know people who used to party with him and he was quite the partyer. When Constable Constable exited stage right the Gibsons RCMP detachment got a new sargent, Sargent Sargent....I kid you not.
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Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 3, 2018

South Pacific & Australia - HAL Noordam - September 30, 2018

Previous Cruises:
Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 4, 2017 .. Scandinavia & Russia - Regal Princess - May 26, 2016 .. Hawaiian Islands - Ruby Princess - January 9, 2016 .. British Isles - Royal Princess - Aug 25, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 24, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 17, 2015 .. Western Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 10, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 19, 2014 .. Western Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 12, 2014 .. Athens to Venice - Ruby Princess Sept. 15, 2013 .. Rome to Athens - Ruby Princess - Sept. 9, 2013 .. Southern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 16, 2013 .. Eastern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 6, 2013 .. Mediterranean & Adriatic - Grand Princess - Sept. 4, 2012 .. Southern Caribbean - Celebrity Constellation - Jan. 14, 2012 .. Mexican Riviera - HAL Oosterdam - Dec. 24, 2011 .. Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 18, 2011 . . Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - May 14, 2011 . .Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 11, 2011 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan. 16, 2011 .. Western Caribbean - Crown Princess -Jan. 8, 2011 .. Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess - Dec. 4, 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Sept. 4 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Aug. 28, 2010. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 9, 2010 .. Southern Caribbean - Grand Princess - Jan. 15, 2010 .. Alaska - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 19, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Coral Princess - May 15, 2009 .. Panama Canal - Coral Princess - Jan 6, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 3, 2008 .. Hawaii - Diamond Princess -Dec.18,2007 .. Alaska - Celebrity Mercury - Aug. 10, 2007 .. Alaska - Canadian National Steamship's - SS Prince George - 13 cruises - May thru Sept, 1963 (crew member)
Vancouver native, volunteer extraordinaire and addicted to cruising
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Joined Jan 2004
Looks like your friend DW will be busy for a while - I see Seaspan got a big government ship building contract.

Cheers!

Dennis

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COMPLETED: AT LEAST 285 DAYS AT SEA AND COUNTING:
Sun Princess - Alaska May 2000
NCL Sun - Panama Canal 4/11/04
NCL Sun - Pacific Coastal 4/27/04
NCL Star - Pacific Coastal 5/08/05
NCL Sun - Alaska Inside Passage 5/13/06
NCL Star - Mexican Riviera 02/10/07
NCL Pearl - One Nighter Seattle to Vancouver 9/23/07
NCL Dawn - Dawn Nymphs cruise New York to Miami 10/28/07
NCL Star - One Nighter Seattle to Vancouver 9/20/08
NCL Dawn - NY to Miami Repo11/08
NCL Spirit - Western Caribbean from New Orleans - 02/08/09
NCL Pearl - Alaska 08/30/09
Golden Princess - Coastal repo LA/YVR 05/10
NCL Spirit - Boston/NOLA 10/10
NCL Star - Coastal repo - Vancouver/LA 09/11
NCL Star - Panama Canal - LA/Tampa 10/11
NCL Jewel - Pacific Coastal YVR/LA 09/22/12
Grand Princess - 49 day South America cruise - Jan/March 2-2013 - Around the Horn
NCL Dawn B2B2B Sept/Oct 2013 - Boston/Quebec/ Boston 14 days at sea.
Star Princess/Grand Princess Pacific Coastal loop May 2014
NCL Dawn-Boston/Bermuda/Boston/NOLA Oct/Nov 2014
Grand Princess Pacific Coastal April 2015
Norwegian Jewel - 10 day Alaska Sept 2015
Crown Princess - one night Vancouver to Seattle May 20, 2016
Ruby Princess - one night Seattle to Vancouver Sept 18,2016
NCL Dawn - 14 days Boston to NOLA repo Oct 2016.
NCL SUN - 14 Day Alaskan adventure from San Francisco to Vancouver.
ON THE HORIZON:
RCL - Seattle to San Francisco - 7 day round trip Sept 15, 2017
Emerald Princess - one nighter Seattle to Vancouver Sept 24 2017
NCL Bliss - Maiden Panama Canal - Miami to LA - May 2018
NCL Dawn - 7 day Canada/New England from Boston Oct 19,2018
NCL Dawn - 14 day Caribbean r/t Boston Oct 26, 2018
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Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
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Joined Sep 2007
Yes, he will be but he will need to get away on weekends.

I was reading about that contract last night and it occurred to me that this was a announcement of the previous government's shipbuilding program. However the need is much greater now that HMCS Protecteur had an engine problem off Hawaii a couple of years ago and had to be towed back of Esquimalt. Then last year HMCS Provider was deemed unseaworthy and paid off last year in Halifax. So the RCN's need is pretty great.
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Upcoming Cruises

Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 3, 2018

South Pacific & Australia - HAL Noordam - September 30, 2018

Previous Cruises:
Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 4, 2017 .. Scandinavia & Russia - Regal Princess - May 26, 2016 .. Hawaiian Islands - Ruby Princess - January 9, 2016 .. British Isles - Royal Princess - Aug 25, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 24, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 17, 2015 .. Western Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 10, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 19, 2014 .. Western Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 12, 2014 .. Athens to Venice - Ruby Princess Sept. 15, 2013 .. Rome to Athens - Ruby Princess - Sept. 9, 2013 .. Southern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 16, 2013 .. Eastern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 6, 2013 .. Mediterranean & Adriatic - Grand Princess - Sept. 4, 2012 .. Southern Caribbean - Celebrity Constellation - Jan. 14, 2012 .. Mexican Riviera - HAL Oosterdam - Dec. 24, 2011 .. Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 18, 2011 . . Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - May 14, 2011 . .Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 11, 2011 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan. 16, 2011 .. Western Caribbean - Crown Princess -Jan. 8, 2011 .. Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess - Dec. 4, 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Sept. 4 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Aug. 28, 2010. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 9, 2010 .. Southern Caribbean - Grand Princess - Jan. 15, 2010 .. Alaska - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 19, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Coral Princess - May 15, 2009 .. Panama Canal - Coral Princess - Jan 6, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 3, 2008 .. Hawaii - Diamond Princess -Dec.18,2007 .. Alaska - Celebrity Mercury - Aug. 10, 2007 .. Alaska - Canadian National Steamship's - SS Prince George - 13 cruises - May thru Sept, 1963 (crew member)
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
26,706 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Had a ride on the new Polish built Salish Orca from Powell River to Comox today. I must admit that I had some apprehension about a ship built in Poland that had to go thru a lot of modifications before it was certified by Transport Canada. I understand that BCF flew 3 different teams of overseers first class with their wives and they still couldn't get right....even a number of doors had to be swapped out because they were not of the right classification, I mean what were the BCF overseers doing over there. The work that BCF had to do to be certified by Transport Canada has been discribed by Deb Marshall as 'warranty work'.

OK, that out of the way I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised with the ship particularly when compared to our last local ship building effort, the Island Sky, which still shakes and rattles like an unbalanced washing machine.

The Orca Spirt has a rather unique ramping system to two very well lit car decks. There are are two elevators for people who have difficulty with stairs....and they both work . We had some moderate seas and the ship rode very well and very quietly. The food service was decent and the crew friendly. The decor is very pleasant and the seating very comfortable. An new innovation is TV's on which a life jacket demonstration is shown just as the ship leaves the terminal. The windows on the passenger deck extend from the deck head to about 2 feet from deck so the cabin space is very bright. An point of interest to me was the height of the deck head on the passenger areas....I am 6’ and I could reach up and touch it. They need to get the air handling balanced but that is one if the few criticisms I would have of the ship. The other would be that every time an exterior door opens a buzzer goes off so it seemed for the whole trip buzzers were going off. However, other than these two things I must say that I was very impressed with the new Salish Orca and I am sure that her other 2 sisters will be equally impressive.

On a personal Dudette and I have sold our home in Sechelt and have purchased a home on the Crown Isle golf course in Courtenay. This move will occur next month and has been brought on by the 'aging process' and a recognition that we need to be closer to family, particularly with Dudette's MS condition. We are going to miss Sechelt and our lovely view over Georgia Strait but are excited about our new home.
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Upcoming Cruises

Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 3, 2018

South Pacific & Australia - HAL Noordam - September 30, 2018

Previous Cruises:
Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 4, 2017 .. Scandinavia & Russia - Regal Princess - May 26, 2016 .. Hawaiian Islands - Ruby Princess - January 9, 2016 .. British Isles - Royal Princess - Aug 25, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 24, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 17, 2015 .. Western Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan 10, 2015 .. Eastern Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 19, 2014 .. Western Caribbean - Celebrity Silhouette - Jan 12, 2014 .. Athens to Venice - Ruby Princess Sept. 15, 2013 .. Rome to Athens - Ruby Princess - Sept. 9, 2013 .. Southern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 16, 2013 .. Eastern Caribbean - Emerald Princess - Jan. 6, 2013 .. Mediterranean & Adriatic - Grand Princess - Sept. 4, 2012 .. Southern Caribbean - Celebrity Constellation - Jan. 14, 2012 .. Mexican Riviera - HAL Oosterdam - Dec. 24, 2011 .. Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 18, 2011 . . Pacific Coastal - Sapphire Princess - May 14, 2011 . .Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 11, 2011 .. Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - Jan. 16, 2011 .. Western Caribbean - Crown Princess -Jan. 8, 2011 .. Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess - Dec. 4, 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Sept. 4 2010 .. Alaska - Diamond Princess - Aug. 28, 2010. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 9, 2010 .. Southern Caribbean - Grand Princess - Jan. 15, 2010 .. Alaska - Sapphire Princess - Sept. 19, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Coral Princess - May 15, 2009 .. Panama Canal - Coral Princess - Jan 6, 2009 .. Pacific Coastal - Golden Princess - May 3, 2008 .. Hawaii - Diamond Princess -Dec.18,2007 .. Alaska - Celebrity Mercury - Aug. 10, 2007 .. Alaska - Canadian National Steamship's - SS Prince George - 13 cruises - May thru Sept, 1963 (crew member)
Beautiful BC Canada
3,783 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Great to hear from you. I might do a ferry or two this summer.
Going to Ak later this week..won't be able to wave...leaving from Seattle unfortunately .
Have a safe and calm move to the island.
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