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About Heidi13

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    British Columbia
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    Travel, Photography, Swimming, Walking Dogs, Football (Glasgow Rangers)
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    Tending to Viking Ocean
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  1. Heidi13

    Ship Horn Signals

    Only thing worse is the verbal "Abandon Ship"
  2. Only worked a couple of cargo ships, but if no pool was provided, the Cadets & Chippie supplied, built one. Starting building a frame with dunnage (scrap lumber) and then used an old canvas hatch cover. Filled it up with salt water from the fire main.
  3. Heidi13

    Is personal FM transmitters allowed on board??

    Negative, the radios I used were the ship radios, since I worked aboard the ships.
  4. Heidi13

    Ship Horn Signals

    I am more than happy to discuss the COLREGS, as for 2MFG in UK we were required to recite the first 3 sections or rules 1 - 19 verbatim. This was required for both the orals and the written, multiple guess exam where many of the questions could best be described as ridiculous. As a P&O cadet we were also tested on COLREGS during our sea phases and were required to repeat any rule requested word perfect. Sadly, reciting them verbatim did not provide an actual understanding, or ability to effectively interpret them. This skill was not learned in a college, but at sea as a Junior Officer. By the time we sat Master's CoC we knew the rules to satisfy any examiner and how to apply them in the real world. Rule 9B looks great on paper, but frankly I couldn't care if a sailboat was 19.9m or 20m, my primary expectation of my officers was to take whatever action was necessary to miss it. If they didn't, I took over and took the action to avoid collision. Having spent 28 years commanding large, fast (up to 45 kts) pax Ro/Ro vessels in confined tidal waters with an abundance of small boats, without incident, I suggest my interpretation works. However, in saying that I also recognise that your interpretation of the COLREGS worked in your operation. As a marine professional, I cannot imagine being critical of other operations in our industry. Merchant, Naval, Coast Guard, Rig Supply and fishing, etc all have different levels of training and different operational demands. Sadly, all have experienced operational incidents, yes - even the Coast Guard and UK/Canada/US Navy. Navigational incidents are not only experienced by Merchant ships. In the last 10 - 15 years, many merchant companies, especially cruise lines and ferries are implementing Bridge Resource Management programs, similar to the Cockpit Resource Management being used in the airline industry. Having participated in these programs, which include Human Factors training and risk management training, I actually developed a Level 2 Fleet Operations Bridge Policy before retirement. In addition to initial training, Bridge Teams get regular refresher training in simulators. On Merchant Ships, we do not have access to tax payer funds, so yes, as Captain I am always concerned about costs, but only after the primary consideration, which was the safety of my ship, the crew and passengers. Stating you instructed your officers that cruise ships will not turn as it costs $$$, in my opinion, is more indicative of your opinion of Merchant Navy Officers and Captains. I note that in the Dover Straits, blatant failure to adhere to the COLREGS will result in prosecution. The marine industry has numerous challenges, especially within the Merchant Navy, as we have many specialist areas. I worked in one of these specialist areas. Many deep sea Captains could not survive our demanding navigation and except in extreme situations, maintaining a schedule. Personally, I could not have done your job, and I doubt you could have done mine, as officers with very literal interpretation of the COLREGS, generally could not adapt to our speed and navigation in confined tidal waters. In these operations, the Captain's role has changed significantly. BTW - we made liberal use of Rule 2 B, since most situations we dealt with were applicable. For others - it basically allows us to make a departure from the Rules to avoid immediate danger, provided we consider dangers to navigation/collision and limitations of vessels. I also at no time have indicated using "might is right".
  5. Heidi13

    Transferring booking to a TA

    Totally agree on using a TA for the benefits they provide. I do all my own research, including making a provisional booking & selecting a cabin directly with the cruise line. When ready to confirm, I take it to my TA and she confirms the booking. Only downside is that all communications now come through the TA.
  6. Heidi13

    Is personal FM transmitters allowed on board??

    Not knowing which countries he is visiting, it is hard to comment. However, even with minimal knowledge of foreign radio laws, I can guess at least a couple of countries where they would not be permitted. However, I still remember many of the marine regulations and onboard ship, in International waters, there should not be regulatory issues. Being low power, how well it would work is a different story. If my 5 W portable radio didn't work without a repeater system, wouldn't give much chance of this working over any distance.
  7. Heidi13

    Hong Kong day tour?

    Couple of suggestions - 1) Hong Kong Island - The Peak, Aberdeen Harbour, Repulse Bay & Stanley Market - 2) Lantau Island - Po Lin Monestary, The Big Buddha, Cable Car, also have some nice beaches and fishing villages.
  8. Heidi13

    Flowers replaced with fruit basket (gift)

    HaHa - typical "Jollyjack", somethings never change when sailors go back to sea. Hic !!!! 😁
  9. Heidi13

    Which itinerary would you choose?

    Have been to most of the ports, and both itineraries have the potential of being excellent, depending on in port times. However, without knowing what you want in a cruise, it is impossible to make a suggestion, as your comparison is similar to comparing a Caribbean cruise to an Alaska cruise. How many hours are you alongside in each port and how many of the ports are overnights. An example is Laem Chabang, unless you have an overnight, or extended stay you won't see much of Bangkok, as it is about 70 miles from the port.
  10. Heidi13

    For Ketchikan and Victoria...can these ports be done on your own?

    In addition to considering the Empress & Butchart Garden for Afternoon Tea, I suggest checking out Point Ellice House & The White Heather Tea Room. Both of those venues are excellent. There are others, but we haven't tried them yet.
  11. Heidi13

    Balcony vs Inside?

    My thoughts entirely. Should have made # 1
  12. Heidi13

    For Ketchikan and Victoria...can these ports be done on your own?

    Further to the excellent suggestions from Martincath, if not heading out to Butchart Gardens, these are some of the things I do when over in Victoria: - Walk from Ogden Point Cruise terminal along Dallas Road, through the parks and down to Clover Park Point. A very pleasant walk of just over 2 miles. Downtown is a further 2 miles via Beacon Hill Park - Walk around Inner Harbour, starting at Fisherman's Wharf (great fish & chips) you can walk around the Inner Harbour to Spinnakers - great place to stop for refreshments. - BC Parliament Buildings tour, check online - BC Provincial Museum - frequently have special presentations. - Afternoon Tea - most know about the Empress, but others are available out in Oak Bay and around downtown - Harbour ferries - take a tour of the harbour. They have hop on-hop off boats and also cruises that go up the Gorge - Craft beer - I also visit Driftwood & Hoyne (neighbours) and 4-Mile House, but it is a few miles out of downtown on Old Island Hwy.
  13. Heidi13

    "BRITEX" Britain Exit from European Union

    As a Brit residing abroad, I am following the Brexit process closely, but this is definitely not a medium to engage in discussions. JB provided an excellent summation. With respect to British Flagged ships entering EU waters - British ships, as have all non-EU ships have the right to unrestricted navigation upon the seas. There will be no restrictions on British ships entering EU ports. I still remember the days before UK joined the Common Market, and they survived very well before joining.
  14. Heidi13

    First World Cruise booked ...

    If planning a frugal World Cruise with very limited on board spend, I agree that a cheaper base fare on a mainstream cruise line will have a lower gross cost than a premium/luxury line. However, I question why anybody would sign up for a 4-month cruise and budget virtually nothing for airfares, Visas, gratuities, excursions, drinks and various other on-board spend. What most of us are mentioning is that unless you are especially frugal, the gross spend on a lower cost mainstream line is not much different from some premium/luxury lines. This is our experience when comparing world cruises from Princess & Viking. Getting on-board the Princess ship cost significantly less than Viking, but by the end of the cruise, the total cost was almost the same.
  15. Heidi13

    Is personal FM transmitters allowed on board??

    Whether any transmitter is permitted on board depends on the frequency band(s) and power. I highly doubt these have much power, so you should not have any regulatory issues. However the previous comments are relevant.