June 12th, 2002-SITKA, Alaska

57° 10' North 135° 3' West

During the early part of the morning Regal Princess commenced her approach towards Sitka, with the local pilot boarding shortly before 9:00 A.M. to assist with the our anchorage. At 9:30 A.M. Regal Princess was in her anchorage position we 'let go' the port anchor, once the vessel was 'brought up' a continuous tendering operation was run between the shore and ship. At 7:20 P.M. Regal Princess commenced to heave up on her port anchor, once 'aweigh' headway was made once more, with many passengers spotting whales from the open decks.

Since we knew that Sitka was a tender port, we had not booked any tours, as Caryl cannot climb those steep ramps up and down from the docks.

This is the Mt. Edgecumbe volcano cone on Kruzof Island.

The Holland America ship Amsterdam was also anchored in the harbor.

This is how one is tendered ashore. That boat holds 90 (that is correct, ninety) people. It is quite a step getting on and off one of these things. That is why we had not booked any tours in Sitka.

© by Keith L. Smyth, 2002