Cruise ship season has officially kicked off in Kodiak. The Crystal Symphony called on Alaska’s emerald isle early Tuesday morning, and brought with it 480 passengers and 550 crew members. Despite the rain, hundreds of tourists were able to explore the downtown area. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with some of them and filed this report.
-- (Cruise Ship 1 :17 “Welcome to Kodiak, where are you folks coming from? We’re from California.”)
I caught up with Toni Bauter (Bowder) and her husband Ed while they
were taking shelter from the rain in downtown Kodiak. After a long, wet
morning walking around in the island’s not so uncommon rainfall, the
couple was happy chat.
-- (Cruise Ship 2 :17 “And
so what are your impressions of Kodiaks o far, and you can be honest.
Well, other than the rain it’s beautiful, it’s lovely. We didn’t get a
tour today and we decided to just walk around and we did the museums,
and the church, and McDonalds. It’s amazing how you can get tired of
It was the pair’s first time in Kodiak, and Ed was all about the eagles.
(Cruise Ship 3 :17 “Well, like I’m out for these bald
eagles taking pictures. So we were outside and we caught a couple in a
tree, but they were kind of wet and they weren’t going to do much, they
weren’t going to fly or anything. I don’t think they could with how wet
their feathers were. But I did get some pretty good pictures.”)
Toni said her favorite part of the day was visiting the Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
(Cruise Ship 4 :17 “It had the whole skeleton of the
gray whale on the ceiling, and that was fascinating. And then the video
of the Kodiak bears and that was very interesting and the people were so
Pamela and Charlie Montgomery from Vancouver, Canada, were also impressed by the whale skeleton.
-- (Cruise Ship 5 :17 “Look at that, that’s quite amazing isn’t it, to see that? Fantastic, fantastic.”)
But for the Montgomerys, it wasn’t the wildlife or museums that wowed them the most.
(Cruise Ship 6 :17 “We have to express to you how
courteous your drivers are. Everywhere we’ve crossed a road and we wait
for a car to go by, and they stop and wave you by, is that a custom?”)
A short drive back to the cruise terminal, while being courteous of
the roaming tourists, of course, brought me to Jim O’Connor, the ship’s
Shore Excursion Manager. In between helping passengers onto various tour
buses, O’Connor, who is originally from Melbourne Australia, said the
Crystal Symphony began its voyage in Los Angeles in early December.
(Cruise Ship 7 :17 “And we’ve been all through the
Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, all through Asia, we’re sort of doing a
grand loop and we come back now down to L.A. eventually. And then we
keep on moving through the canal, over to New York, through the top
through Iceland and then we have a season in Europe. It’s a mix, we have
one guest on board that’s on board for 12 months. We have some that
started back in Auckland, maybe in January, been on for a couple of
months. Majority though are two week cruises that continually move. And
sometimes some guests will stay on for a double cruises for a month and
As for Alaska, the ship arrived in Kodiak from Dutch
Harbor, and will sail for Seward and Ketchikan next, which means plenty
more opportunities for Ed Bauter to photograph eagles.
-- (Cruise Ship 8 :17 “Probably get some fish that they’ll go for, and I’ll go for them, OK.”)
In Kodiak, I’m Brianna Gibbs