May 14, 2011 - The first day at sea on an Alaskan cruise offers the possibly of encountering choppy water in places like Hecate Strait. This trip proved to be smooth sailing through these waters and it was a special treat to enter one of the gems of the Canadian Inside Passage in the early afternoon. Grenveille Channel is a 90km long narrow fjord north of Princess Royal Island, home of the famous Kermode (Moksgm'ol) Bear
. The channel takes a little over three hours to navigate and brings the ship within meters of the steep edges of this spectacular fjord. This is the kind of breathtaking wilderness that everyone hopes to experience during their cruise and this one was off to a great start.