The weather may have not been so great, but my recent cruise to Alaska aboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow presented many fabulous ship-spotting opportunities.

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, docked in Juneau, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas, docked in Juneau, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Alaska isn’t a destination where ships change with any kind of regularity; many vessels on the run have been summering in Alaska for years. With the constantly-changing weather and scenery, however, there are arguably better photo opportunities here than in the Caribbean.

Here’s a look at some of the ships, big and small, that we encountered last week:

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sun approaches the dock in Ketchikan. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun approaches the dock in Ketchikan. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Sun comes alongside. Note the open shell door and the crew members waiting to receive the gangway. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Sun comes alongside. Note the open shell door and the crew members waiting to receive the gangway. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Princess Cruises' Grand Princess steams past us on her way out of Tracy Arm Fjord. She's bound for Juneau. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess steams past us on her way out of Tracy Arm Fjord. She’s bound for Juneau. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Wonder in Tracy Arm Fjord. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Disney Cruise Lines’ Disney Wonder in Tracy Arm Fjord. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

...and steaming into Ketchikan. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

…and steaming into Ketchikan. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Disney Wonder was built in 1999, and has the same classic 'ocean liner' look as her fleetmates. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Disney Wonder was built in 1999, and has the same classic ‘ocean liner’ look as her fleetmates. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Holland America Line's Zaandam entered service in 2000, and has sailed Alaska nearly every summer since. She is seen here at Skagway's Broadway Dock. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Holland America Line’s Zaandam entered service in 2000, and has sailed Alaska nearly every summer since. She is seen here at Skagway’s Broadway Dock. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The bow of the Zaandam in Juneau. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The bow of the Zaandam in Juneau. Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas is in the background. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

On the smaller side was Un-Cruise Adventures' Safari Endeavour. We'll be sailing aboard her in late August. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

On the smaller side was Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour, docked in Juneau. We’ll be sailing aboard her in late August. The black funnel of the line’s S.S. Legacy can be seen peeking over Safari Endeavour’s superstructure. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

An even rarer sighting was Noble Caledonia's Caledonian Sky, seen raising her anchor prior to departing Prince Rupert, British Columbia. She was built in 1991 as Renaissance Six for the former Renaissance Cruises. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

An even rarer sighting was Noble Caledonia’s Caledonian Sky, seen raising her anchor prior to departing Prince Rupert, British Columbia. She was built in 1991 as Renaissance Six for the former Renaissance Cruises. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Not a cruise ship, but Black Ball Line's MV Coho has been sailing between Port Angeles, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia since 1959. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Not a cruise ship, but Black Ball Line’s MV Coho has been sailing between Port Angeles, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia since 1959. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

From the Deck Chair will return tomorrow with an extended preview of our next Live Voyage Report, beginning Friday, July 11!

 

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