Conversation Stopper

John D’onofrio and Al Sanders are two northwest photographers with a long history and friendship. They also conduct photography workshops aboard the David B. This week on our Northwest Navigation podcast we talk to John and Al about their philosophies in photography, wilderness, and being in the moment. For more information on our workshops with John and Al visit our Glacier Bay Photography Workshop and Fjords and Bears Photography Workshop pages.



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Marie Duckworth came on our Bears and Glaciers photography workshop in 2018. Here’s the photo that they described in their conversation.


Marie Duckworth’s brown bear picture from our 2018 Bears and Glaciers photography workshop – Used with permission


Everyone Needs a Sarah

Reservations specialist - sarah kirkish - small cruise ship alaska - David BSarah Kirkish is a vital part of Northwest Navigation. She’s the one who answers your emails, phone calls, and general questions about the David B and our cruises. Before she started working with us she came on the David B as a passenger for a San Juan Islands Cruise. Several years later she started house-sitting for us in the summer and taking care of our two cats, Harriet and Oswald. Soon she started helping with shore-side support which includes getting our mail to Alaska. Now she’s our reservations specialist and Office Manager. Sarah has a fascinating background as an automotive safety engineer and an urban nomad. We hope you enjoy getting to know Sarah and this week’s podcast where you’ll see why we always say, “everyone needs a Sarah.”
If you want to reach Sarah about our trips you can contact her here.

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Boots off the Ground

A small cruise ship at anchor in the Inside Passage
David B at anchor in Port Neville with the wood cookstove .

One of the benefits of running the David B is getting to meet people and develop friendships with so many who have traveled with us. Some friendships are long-distance and we keep in touch through email or social media. Some of our David B friends are nearby. We see them in the neighborhood pub or grocery store in the off-season. Some of our David B friends encourage us to come and visit them at their homes in the winter and late fall when we are not operating the boat. That happened last week when we got to visit with Bill G., who came with us our Learn to Cruise trip last May. While we were enjoying Bill and Andi’s amazing hospitality we sat down to talk with Bill about his experience aboard the David B. You can listen to our conversation in the latest episode of our Podcast.



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A Very Zen Line of Work

This week’s episode of the Northwest Navigation podcast is all things bears. We have a lot of respect for bears. They are big scary creatures that have the potential to be dangerous, yet bears also inspire us through their natural abilities, and their beauty. As students of the wild, when we observe bears we not only learn about them, we learn about ourselves.

Dan Kirkwood from Pack Creek Bear Tours, sat down with us to share his insights into bear behavior, and what to expect when visiting places like Pack Creek.

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Pack Creek Bear Guide in AlaskaBe sure to check out the trips we offer with Dan and Pack Creek Bear Tours.

Trip Number 334: Alaska’s Fjords with Pack Creek Bear Viewing
Dates: May 11-18, 2019
Boards: Petersburg
Disembarks: Juneau (Auke Bay)

Bear sitting at Pack Creek in AlaskaTrip Number 336: Adventures NW Photography Workshop –  Alaska’s Fjords and Pack Creek Bear Viewing
Dates: May 31 – June 7, 2019
Boards: Auke Bay (Juneau)
Disembarks: Petersburg


Very Non Invasive

Alaska Tide Pool Small Ship CruiseFor several years now we have had Josh McInnes come aboard the David B to share his knowledge and his enthusiasm for marine biology, and especially mammal-eating killer whales known as Biggs killer whales or transient killer whales. Josh is an incredibly passionate nature nerd and his ability to inspire our guests while we’re searching for whales or tidepooling is one of the reasons we ask him to come back year after year.  If you too are a nature nerd who loves everything from whales, to birds, to octopuses, be sure to listen to this podcast and then check out our Whales and Ecology of Southeast Alaska cruise that Josh does with us every year.



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One of our most fun trips of the year is back! Join us as we welcome back marine biologist, educator, and killer whale researcher, Josh McInnes for an exciting cruise where we’ll explore the ecology of Southeast Alaska’s marine life. We’ll search for killer whales in Endicott or Tracy Arms and humpback whales in Frederick Sound, as well as troll for plankton and explore the unfamiliar microscopic world. There will be lots of time for kayaking, tidepooling and learning how the sea and the forest are interconnected.

Trip #339
Dates: June 30 – July 7, 2019
Departs: Petersburg 12:00pm & Disembarks: Juneau 1:00pm 
Price: $7,100 per person

For availability and discounts visit our Schedule and Rates Page.

It Changes Me

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Christine (chef/deckhand), Jeffrey (captain), and Sarah (reservations) on the David B at the Victoria Wooden Boat Festival

We’re always looking for ways to connect with our guests, whether they have been on the boat for many trips or whether it’s is someone who is thinking about cruising with us on the David B. That’s why we are starting the Northwest Navigation podcast. It’s a way for you to listen to our remember the fun and excitement of being on the David B, or to get to know about us and our trips before making the decision to book a cruise. We look forward to this new adventure and we hope you do too!






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