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Unfed – or – Whales Always Eat First

Highlights from our Whales and Marine Ecology of SE Alaska Trip with Josh McInnes

By Jeffrey Smith, Photos by Josh McInnes and Christine Smith

On the  David B we like to do what […]



Tin Hat Update – Putting on the Hat

We reached a major milestone in the Tin Hat Project this week, we put on the hat.

Early Tuesday morning just in time for sunrise we got underway. It was cold, […]



Dalls porpoises riding on the David B’s Bow

Something I look forward to every year when we are running trips on the David B are the occasional visits by Dalls porpoises. These mid-sized sea mammals that looks deceptively […]



The ice mountain is well disposed toward you

There's often a cold breeze blowing off the glacier when we arrive to admire it's icy blue front. Wind that can make July feel like January. It plays games with my seasonal […]



Tin Hat Update – Mast, Stairs, and Coolers

There's been a lot of progress on the Tin Hat Project in the last couple of weeks. We ended our 2016 cruising season on October 9th, and starting on October […]



Close Encounter

Some days are simply perfect. The weather's warm. The skies are blue. The water flat calm, and the line between sea and sky is almost indistinguishable. We had a day […]



Verney Falls in August

When we enter Nettle Basin on our Southbound Inside Passage cruise between Ketchikan and Bellingham, we always hope we'll find bears at Verney Falls. In mid-August the salmon come home […]



Watching whales in the Inside Passage

Humpback whales at Dundas Island on a 12-Day Inside Passage Cruise

On the second day of one of our southbound Learn to Cruise trips, we came across these two humpback […]



Project Management Mastery – The Inside Passage Project

New Project Management Course Offered on the David B
Cheetah Learning Services has partnered with Northwest Navigation Co, to offer a unique new project management certification course. This course, Project Management […]



Waiting for humpback whales

I always feel like there's sort of a Jack-in-the-box element to watching humpback whales forage. When they are at the surface we can see them breathing, flapping their flippers, or slapping their […]