Alaska Cruises weather comments (Fog)

Right now I am sitting here in my living room thinking about the weather while Ms Lucy (Labrador dog)

Ms Lucy, dreaming of being on a cruise :)
Ms Lucy, dreaming of being on a cruise :)

relaxes enjoying the comfort of the carpet and at times the bed.
You see it is starting to get darker and cooler now

yet our summer is in full bloom f9f2d-p5130108

while during the day it is warmer !
As our Alaska cruise passengers arrive , one  hopes they have a sweater or hoody as weather  can surprise one and we are not in the part that gets more rain or could
The Alaska weather is beautiful yet it can have bouts of Fog 😳

Did I say Fog !      On some cruise blogs and Facebook I have recently read about passengers who have complained about the sound of the fog horn.
In fact it seems to be a regular complaint by a few on multiple cruises. Some have requested a refund or credit of $100 or more though  the best is to request the Captain to turn it off,  especially at night , so they can sleep. Entitlement comes to mind of these people and thankfully they are not the vast majority of cruisers.
One evening this year , it was reported that cruising in waters between Victoria and Seattle it was sounded almost every few minutes as the fog was thick and of course our waters are the gateway for the Pacific
I wonder if they really understand they are on a ship with a few thousand other passengers and it is for their

Safety !

Certainly I would prefer knowing other ships know I am near and I know they are present also..
Maritime law prevails period.

Alaska cruising is a wonderful experience but you are in a climate of seas and mountains. Cruise 2001 - August - Cruise to Alaska Victoria BC Ogden Point Cafe and Crew WiFi Access
It blows my mind away to read how some people want to dictate against ones own safety

A few years ago I discovered I had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) which means that today being cooler or going up and down many steps like a cruise ship,  can make my knees ache
Thankfully it can pass and I watch myself , though Ms Lucy right now is sleeping and snoring beside my leg as I type on my mobile.
I will close with the ‘Fog’ observation and add some more revelations in my next post
Cheers. / Rob

Ogden Point (Victoria BC Canada) 2014 -1

Attached are some pictures I have taken from my Facebook site

of our local Ogden Point Cruise port where we have about 250 cruise ships docking during the Alaska season which runs from mid April to early October each year.
I am not a WordPress expert yet but I have moved to my own site and plan to make a slideshow of this over the winter
I find I use my iPhone 5 for the pictures displayed here but I also use my Canon for more pictures which I intend to edit and work on.
The iPhone allows me to find the pictures moved to ICloud which magically downloads to my Home Computer on the Photo Software Picasa 3 , allowing me to crop , edit and upload to Facebook. Now and then I will flip it from iPhone right to Facebook but more edit features on ones home computer.

For now I will let you enjoy and add more later
Cheers / Rob

All photos are Photo Credited as ‘RobBar’

Luv to all

Horse Carriage Tour
HeliJet to Vancouver
Customs / Immigration main area / Shops / WiFi / Currency exchange
Carnival Miracle
Ogden Terminal signs
Pickup area for Cars / Buses / Taxis / Water Boat to Victoria / Walk path to Victoria , Dive Shop , Restaurant


Princess – Star
Oceania Regatta / Carnival Miracle
Boat Tour to Victoria waiting area / Carnival Miracle
Seaspan Tug mooring area
Pilot Boat
Carnival Miracle
Oceania Regatta / Carnival Miracle
seawall1 Ogden Point
Sea Wall Murals by Esquimalt and Songhees South Salish Nations
Welcome to Victoria Mural at Customs / Immigration area

National Transplant Week (Organ Donations) UK

This week is National Transplant Week in the United Kingdom  and the goal is to encourage family, friends, work mates and neighbours to signup and be an Organ Donor.

Your gift can be used to help someone in many ways and give a person a new life.

Here is a link to a blog from a young person In the UK that explains her passion and gift her grandfather received.

Here is the link for British Columbia,  Canada
Please register and save a life , give hope to a waiting patient and their family :)

Ogden Point – Our Esquimalt and Songhees Nations Sea Wall Paintings

 I was taking pictures of a cruise ship tonight at Ogden Point (Victoria BC) July 7th 2014  and took one of our fantastic sea wall painted by our local Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. In looking up the history of the project I came across this site explaining the project, excellent video and very informative.
They plan to expose other schools to this discovery, could be a great educational project for a school.

The Unity Wall mural on the Ogden Point breakwater is a growing public art piece honouring Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and creating a bridge between cultures.

Should We Work For Free?


Not cruise related but an interesting take on cultural differences as to Free or no pay for experience

Originally posted on Mabel Kwong:

“Does it pay? How much does the job pay?”

That’s the first thing my mum asks when I land a volunteer stint or get a job that pays. Coming from the average traditional-minded Chinese-Malaysian family, I’m expected to be a filial Asian kid, working for the money and supporting the folks in their old age.

The distance between dreams, so near yet so far. Buskers playing, working, for free | Weekly Photo Challenge: Between.
The distance between dreams, so near yet so far. Buskers playing, working, for free | Weekly Photo Challenge: Between .

Why we shouldn’t work for free, shouldn’t take up that internship or volunteer? When we say yes to working for free, we might be naïve. We might get taken advantage of, made to do “slave labour”.

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From Travelswithanothny
Informative COSTA integration

Originally posted on travelswithanthony:

Iberocruises; set to disappear over the cruising horizon at the end of this year
Iberocruises; set to disappear over the cruising horizon at the end of this year

As previously rumoured on this blog, it has now been confirmed that Iberocruises, the Spanish cruise subsidiary of Costa Cruises, will be fully integrated into the Italian Carnival affiliate as of next year.

The Spanish cruise operation- once so buoyant- has been on borrowed time since the local cruise market went bows down in the wake of massive austerity cuts inflicted across the entire Iberian peninsula. The first signs of enforced retrenchment came when the company’s most prestigious ship- Grand Mistral- was hived off to Costa and refashioned as the Costa NeoRiviera.

Then, early last year, the Spanish offices of both cruise products were brought together for the local market.

Next, a recently completed, 4.5 million euro refit of the Grand Celebration was followed with the announcement that she, too, would transfer over to Costa 

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Saw this on my news today and from Travelswith Anthony
I remember seeing the first 747 arriving at Montreal International Airport , what a sight and in those days one could go on top of the building to see planes leave and arrive.

Originally posted on travelswithanthony:

A British Airways Jumbo Jet on the tarmac at Singapore's Changi Airport.
A British Airways Jumbo Jet on the tarmac at Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Today marks one of the most auspicious landmarks in the history of commercial aviation. Today, Boeing’s Seattle factory rolled out the 1,500th production model of the most successful airliner in travel history- the Boeing 747, usually known as the Jumbo Jet.

The first production model of the plane was  delivered as far back as 1968. With it’s four engines and distinctive, dolphin styled silhouette, the Jumbo Jet became the backbone of the world’s aviation network almost overnight. Not until 2008 was its size exceeded in commercial service by the rival Airbus A380- itself ironically nicknamed the ‘Super Jumbo’ in many quarters.

This most recent 747 has been delivered to the German national carrier, Lufthansa. But, despite the plane’s extraordinary longevity, it now seems obvious that this recent delivery might be one of the last of the type.


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Cruise Ship Fire: Holland America- ms Westerdam

A fire broke out in the Boiler room just after leaving Seattle and all is under control now with passengers and crew fine after returning to Seattle. After various approvals , has resumed its 7 day cruise to Alaska . Read attached

Sad . A lovely day but no ships 😘

Yes I write updates about cruise ships yet today and tomorrow no ships will be docking which is really due to regular schedules
we are now in the 7 – 10 day cycle
No more repositioning ships till the fall.
Shucks 😊
Thought I would add some thoughts today
I have been reading some cruise posts recently about some peoples expectation on a cruise
It amazes me that they act this way
fog horn
I want a credit as the fog horn kept me awake or inform the Captain to not sound during the night
I guess we will not check their cabin when an emergency muster is called.

comedy club night show
My teenage daughter should not hear jokes like that and I want a credit
What happened to babysitter or club or just not going

Group in study room
When you made an announcement over the speakers it disturbed us and that fog horn should be stopped
Mmmmm we are on a ship with 2,000. + souls

dancers costumes
We are insulted by the skimpy clothes they wear and demand a refund
Did they ever think that ship dancers wear more clothes then on a beach

looked at passenger too long
Officers greet passengers and one lady was so beautiful they spent a few seconds longer turning left while upset passenger next inline was upset
Wanted a free meal at least in compensation

strong currents cause late arrival
Passenger booked own excursion and was told they would loose 50 % or more
Wanted ship to refund the private excursion costs plus costs for being at sea an extra day
Do they ever read contracts and electing to save monies with a private tour now want ship to pay up ?

ships arrival mooring
Compensation for noise of anchor dropping each day
They chose the cabin……

Steak House
I am a vegetarian and booked the Steak House but it only ha done offering
Want a refund
Why book a steak house and did you read the menu posted outside prior

I paid good monies for this cruise and why should I not be allowed to smoke where I want
Forgot the rest of the ship who adhere to rules

So I am sitting here on my iPhone typing my thoughts and it still amazes me the me only expectations people have on a cruise and are so rude to the crew and other passengers
Any thoughts 😳    / Rob