Holland America Cleared in Alaska

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hi everyone it's dawn and I hope you're having a fantastic week great well that investigation into the call an American ship that narrowly missed that pot of well certainly didn't last long did it I mean what did they do what did you do captain I altered course 10 degrees approved that's how fast this seemed to go I'm really not joking I reported on this just two weeks ago that the hull an American ship was seen and filmed it went viral covered in the news media all over the place about the cruise ship from Holland America just narrowly missing an entire pot of whales feeding in Alaska and the law states that you have to stay 100 yards a wave from whales even on a whale watching excursion those boats are not allowed to get any closer than a hundred yards to the whales and when this first happened the Holland America issued a statement and the entire statement said that the captain took precautions altered course ten degrees to sail beside the whales and missed the pot of whales everything is fine however if you watch the video you see that the person marks Sutherland who filmed this on board he was he was on a vessel nearby and he apparently radioed the captain saying you're heading right for these whales yours you're sailing right through this pot of whales got no response from the ship didn't numerous times and he felled the ship and in this in the video you can hear him saying there he is just narrowly missing these whales and he didn't slow down at all so now we go to the Oh a a who was investigating that in case you don't know what that means it's a long one it's the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and their Department stated that in their release they said that the captain changed course ten degrees and slowed the ship down to miss the pods which is what is supposed to happen now this is a very light the big thing is they didn't even contact mark Sutherland who filmed this video so does he have more footage does he have more things more evidence they didn't even contact him so what kind of investigation was done did somebody do an investigation over the phone did they call somebody up and ask so what happened oh yeah we just changed course a little bit everything's okay thank you click yeah this one's okay well I mean if you have video film evidence from a witness is it not prudent to get that evidence when he's willingly the volunteer it I miss this I'm sorry this just stinks to high heaven it it really does sound fishy not calling hall in America fishy I'm calling the Association fishy I mean if you have video evidence of a clear crime and you it's flashed across multimedia everywhere and you don't even investigate the person who filmed it you're not doing your job you're not investigating you're trying to get it swept under the sea as fast as possible so I kind of see you get it Disney reference okay so yeah I'm really disappointed with the agency in itself I really think this was a half-assed investigation and it's just if you get you're not even going to investigate why have your association you might as well just disband now because that this investigation is ridiculous period if the one person who has the video evidence and you don't even talk to them you didn't do an investigation plane it's simple it doesn't go much more than that and the big thing that I get is in both the video and the statement from hull America at no time does either one state that they sloped the ship down however the fisheries report says they slowed the ship down funny how they say that because that's one of the two key ingredients in the law you have to change course and slow down get in book the other reports it just said they changed course doesn't it sound amazing that suddenly and slowed down was added to the report it's a sad sad day when we just can't we can't even trust people to enforce environmental laws when we have video evidence or at least investigate properly hon America perfectly well could have done all the right things the fact that they didn't investigate properly is the real crime here and whoever is under this and who did this investigation you're bad at your job you suck you have no idea what an investigation means maybe much maybe you should take a watch on TV once in a while and look at CSI or something like that and maybe they can look up the word investigation so you actually know what investigation means because you can do it I'm ranting I know because as mark Sutherland actually said just in 2015 a howl America ship showed up at port with a dead thin whale right across the bow and that's one of the reasons that these laws are in place it's a feeding ground whales aren't paying attention to us they're paying attention to eating you can you could swim amongst a whole pile of whales and they would not pay you the slightest attention while they're feeding but no I did I'm speechless I'm absolutely bleep I'm absolutely speechless on this situation that this person wasn't at least contacted that is crazy to me and that smells a corruption well what do you guys think do you think there wasn't a proper investigation do you think they checked everything possible we they check the cruise ship logs they check the cruise ship you know web cam on the front of the ship so they're sure they did everything right or you think that ya know they're just making sure that this goes away quietly so there's no more scrutiny on anything cruise ship related to Alaska and I'm a cruiser I love cruises but if you do something wrong you got to be held accountable for it period such a disappointment well let me know what you guys think down below I hope you like this news update if you did please give it a thumbs up you want to see more tips more tips more travel vlogs from around the world and me getting angry wants to hit that subscribe button until next time have yourself a safe and a great vacation


Glen Boniface · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

I don't think there is much that could have been done to avoid this situation, short of keeping those cruise ships out of the area altogether. By the way, the whole world is corrupt, in case you didn't know.

Nick Trow · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Hmmmm, tricky one to call this.

Degal 76 · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

How dare those whales upset a cruise ship.

jhsplaya · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Keep up the great videos! Best place to get my cruising news!

John Morgan · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

I think this story has really got to you Don. I assume NOAA wouldn't knowingly condone a crime, even one committed by a large cruise ship company.

C Johnson · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Why interview a radical Green Peace person when ALL of the evidence points to the FACT that he was lying? He reported the ship was “ streaming full speed ahead”. This was a LIE. The cruise ship was already in the process of slowing down to take on a Pilot to enter Juneau. Once again reasonable people look at FACTS. Others only consider what they want to believe. How many times have I heard the term “I feel”? How about telling what you KNOW? Not what you “feel”!!!

C Johnson · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

I guess if you are so passionate about your version of what happened here the first thing that I would do is STOP not only cruising to Alaska but going to Alaska. I refuse to go to californicate for any reason. I do not even accept a connecting flight in a californicate airport. This is easy to do. If you feel passionate about Alaska just do not go there. For ANY reason.

Billy Sparks · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

A couple of things here as you stated the law states change course 10 degrees and slow down. The way cruise ships are so computerized that data is probably logged in a event log. Therefore if NOAA checked the logs and the cruise ship did alter course and speed they followed the law. As far as talking to the guy that shot the video again if Holland’s bridge logs showed they did those two things not much taking to him can do. Now I don’t know if that happened but that is a possibility.

Derek Allyn · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Sorry Don, but it's doubtful the captain and/or bridge crew could have prevented this. NOAA knows this. They can look at the logs and technical records provided by Holland America and see that it was unpreventable. He probably went to "All-stop", but the ship doesn't stop moving when he does that.

Jodi G from FW, TX · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Good info.

RubberDuck · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

That didn't take very long

Christine Grey · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Don, a couple things: First, I've only got 20 videos to go until I have watched all the vidos you've made, so I'm gonna need you to quit your day job and devote yourself exclusively to travel and making videos for me. Secondly, do you still have the Luke Skywalker costume you wore in your TOP 5 RIDES AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS video? Because that was EPIC! You have to wear that again on a Halloween cruise. I think I'm going to get a screen shot of that and keep it for my desktop background. You're the best! Thank you!

gerod42 · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Poor Wales…

Bobeesh C · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

When I saw the video the first time, I was wondering if our depth perception could be a little off, and it was not as close as it appears, Carnaval Co. has been under such a microscope, I am sure their captains have been very warned to watch themselves. If Carnival Co. lets them know captains are going to start being demoted or looking for another company to work for. They will be more careful.

Hassan Al-Zaabi · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Well maybe they should sue the whales for going close to the cruise ship 😂😂

purely Caribbean · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm


Laurent Beaulieu · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

We have the same problem with Cruise ships in the Gulf of St-Lawrence with whales being struck. Money talks that is the problem.

Daryl Hedges · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

the "incriminating" video is only a brief snippet of an incident. there is now video of the ship approaching the whales, there is no video of the whales before the ship approaches, there is no evidence that he actually tried to contact HAL. How did he try to contact them, what radio what frequency? As far as investigations, it is odd that they didn't attempt contact the person who shot the video(according to them). Most big ships have detailed logs of anything that happens on the bridge, along with digital logs of all maneuvers. many also have onboard video. If NOAA fells that in this situation the captain acted appropriately, I accept that answer. On another note the captain of the HAL has now reason to bulldoze through a pod of whales, their schedules are Not that tight, and he has every reason to slow down, 1. it's the law and 2. THAT is exactly what every passenger on that ship payed money to see, Alaska wildlife. I think the vidiographer may have a negative view of the cruise line, and is giving a VERY skewed point of view. IMHO

Helen T · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

A lot of armchair quarterbacks out there. I'm sure that NOAA has far more information than anyone here.

Larry Hall · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Not a spam comment.

John Willett · July 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Don: Canada’s present administration cares; the U.S. Administration doesn’t. Count yourself among millions here in the USA who rant and rave, yet nothing is done.

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