Of the nine scheduled ports on the itinerary, we only visited 5 of them, giving us 9 days at sea, instead of the scheduled 6!

    Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, was avoided due to extremely rough seas.         

    Akureyri had no tug available, and the local pilot and our captain decided that it was too windy to tender us in; we passengers did not agree.

    Nanortalik’s harbour was too infested with traveling icebergs (which wouldn’t move even though the captain had asked them to), and again the tendering was aborted. 

    A sister ship had earlier aborted Newfoundland, which was also due to be slammed with more 60-70 mph gale winds on our arrival date, so Capt Nash wisely substituted Halifax, Nova Scotia, which appeased many of us. 

    Princess Corporate also credited every passenger with $250, but that still doesn’t make up for not getting to see Greenland’s ice cap and glaciers, as well as hot-springs swimming in Iceland. 

    We did enjoy what we did, it just wasn’t what we had signed on to do.  Ah, well, such is life........

During the morning of September 11, our cruise director Neil Chandler held a memorial service in the atrium, at which he read the following poem: 
Peace is to be cherished,
For sometimes it has perished.
The World says they hold peace on high,
But as soon as hundreds, thousands die,
They forget their promise to trillions,
Because of the deaths of millions,
And they draw their swords, and they shoot their guns,
As if this game of war is fun,
And they injure the innocent, and they shoot the poor,
Because they think of nothing more.
And now we sit with our cups filled high,
And try to fight for those who die,
When we simply could talk and write and sing,
But are too absorbed in everything.
All the land, all the food, and all the oil,
When it is the World that we have yet to spoil.
What happened to that dream we all once had?
When the good had won instead of the bad?
We’ve forgotten it all, all the big, all the small,
And have failed to hear peace’s desperate call.

written by Chandler, of Northwestern Middle School, Alpharetta, Georgia.

We crossed the Arctic Circle on Friday, September 11, 2009, at 9:30 pm & 23 seconds.

Crown Princess

Built: Monfalcone, Italy 2006

Gross Tonnage: 112,894

Net Tonnage: 85,676

Fuel Capacity: 2654 metric tons  (1 = 264.5 gallons)

Fresh Water Capacity: 2731 metric tons

Length: 951 feet

Width: 118 feet

Max. Passengers: 3150

Max. Crew: 1200

Max. Cruising Speed: 22.5 knots

Good thing the ship had such huge capacities of fuel, fresh water and food, given that we couldn’t refill at all the missed ports.

Akureyri, Iceland
Bergen, Norway
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nanortalik, Greenland
Nuuk, Greenland
On board Crown Princess
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Reykjavik, Iceland
Stavanger, Norway
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

The Twin Towers Lights @ 5:15 am on Sept. 19 as we pull into Brooklyn Harbor