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August 24th 2019
Published: September 2nd 2019
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At Noon this day, the captain reported Caribbean Princess had crossed 60 degrees north latitude at 5:30 in the morning. We were now officially in the Arctic Region!

Presentations were held on board about maritime navigation and the preparations Princess Cruises had made for this cruise. In one lecture, the Third Officer discussed navigation. Ships today normally use electronic charts. However, sailing to Greenland would require plotting the course on traditional paper charts. Bridge officers had taken special training in Arctic navigation. In addition, Greenland pilots had boarded at Sydney, NS, and would remain with the ship until St. Johns, Newfoundland. We had been hearing the ship's whistle sound often during a frequently foggy passage. Sounding a foghorn is required whenever visibility drops below two nautical miles, we learned. The Third Officer then took us on an illustrated virtual tour of the bridge. The ship's wheel is a small one these days, and a redundancy as the ship can be steered by joystick. The traditional engine room telegraph levers remain, though that is also a backup to the fine engine speed electronic control panel. By using the three US, European and Russian satellite navigations systems (GPS), the ship's position can
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Chart of the cruise to Greenland. IMG_0764
be determined to within one inch.

In another session, the Staff Captain and the Food & Beverage Director discussed preparations for the cruise. This was the first time Princess Cruises had arranged a cruise specifically to Greenland and three ports of call. (Some transatlantic cruises may call at one port in southern Greenland. But, we would be sailing up the Davis Strait to Nuuk, lying just below the Arctic Circle.) Princess had started planning logistics a year out. How would the ship be provisioned for more than a week away from usual restocking and refueling ports? Some provisioning might occur at Nuuk, but not elsewhere In Greenland. As it turned out, shipboard entertainers were changed at Nuuk, where international flights could be caught to Reykjavik for connections (but not directly to other points).

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The Bridge

Diagram of the Bridge of Caribbean Princess.
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