Join experienced Captain/owner Jeff Behrens, his wife Catherine and their all-American crew of 8 aboard the Island Spirit. With flexible itineraries and extensive local knowledge, they will guide you to quiet bays, charming harbor towns, and up-close wildlife watching.
Island Spirit Review
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The Island Spirit is a three-deck U.S. Coast Guard licensed and inspected passenger vessel. Originally built in 1978 as an oil field supply vessel, she is all-aluminum and heavily constructed. The vessel was completely rebuilt and repowered in 2002 with Caterpillar marine engines. She utilizes fin stabilizers and a reshaped hull for extra stability and cruising comfort.
Captain Jeff’s vessel uses a custom battery system to allow for a complete shutdown of engines and generators at night, which creates an atmosphere of near-total peace and quiet (the batteries provide lighting in cabins). Guests can enjoy the nighttime sky in the genuine quietude of a remote Alaskan cove thanks to this system. By not cruising at night, the crew treats guests to a wonderful night’s sleep.
Common Areas Aboard Island Spirit
Of the casual and homey atmosphere on board, Captain Jeff says “It’s almost like cruising in your living room.” A recent remodel allowed for the creation of more social spaces and outdoor observation areas. The open bow features cushioned seating, while the outdoor back deck has tables and chairs. The forward-facing observation lounge is the ideal spot from which to view wildlife. Indoors, passengers can enjoy an expanded dining area and remodeled lounge and full-service bar. The library can be used for quiet reading or watching videos.
Meals Aboard Island Spirit
Head Chef Trinity Mack has been working her magic aboard small ships for the last 10 years. She prepares delicious meals using the freshest ingredients possible. Here's what you can expect: Share a hot sit-down breakfast with fellow passengers, and family-style lunches featuring soups, salads and homemade breads. Appetizers with cocktails are served before dinner. Dinner is served with complimentary beer, wine and spirits, as well as fantastic desserts. Evening snacks are available while enjoying a movie or a lecture, or relaxing with a book.
Activities Aboard Island Spirit
The Island Spirit is equipped with 8 single and 8 double kayaks, as well as two new 10-person zodiacs. The kayaks easily launch from a new portable dock. Guests are provided with waterproof rubber boots for shore excursions.
Conservation Aboard Island Spirit
The Island Spirit continues to set the benchmark for low impact on the environment. New state-of-the-art engines meet all existing EPA low-pollution standards. All of the ship's liquids are treated prior to discharge, even shower and sink water. All galley sinks are also treated.
Cabins Aboard Island Spirit
Each room has a private bath and full-size shower, as well as a minimum of one large opening window for wonderful views and fresh air ventilation. Stateroom décor was recently updated and upgraded. In addition to the standard twin-bed staterooms, 2 single cabins and 5 queen cabins are available per cruise. Hairdryers are available upon request.