2012 Reunion

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 7 - 16 September, 2012 Seattle, Alaska, Canada - Cruise

The 2012 Reunion started in Seattle, WA at the Holiday Inn Renton on Saturday Sept 8th.  While several shipmates arrived a few days earlier to sightsee, most arrived on the 8th

On Sunday Sept 9th we boarded a chartered bus (part of the hotel room rate) that took us to Seattle’s Pier 91 where the Star Princess was waiting.   We had 76 on this Cruise Reunion to Alaska.  We departed Pier 91 at 4pm under semi-cloudy skies but mild temperatures heading “North to Alaska”. 

During our cruise, the Star Princess will traveled 1,974 nautical miles at approximately 18.9 knots.  She was 950ft long and 118ft wide compared to the USS Wilson at 437ft long and 47ft wide.  

Monday was our first day at sea (quite choppy), again under cloudy skies.  It was our first formal dining evening.   The ship scheduled a private cocktail party before dinner for our group in the Wheelhouse Lounge with an open bar.  Dan showed some movies that shipmates had taken while on board……….1963 and 1968.   

Tuesday found us docked at 6:30am in Ketchikan having passed through the Tongass Narrows.  Our clocks were set back 1 hour until Friday when we regained our hour.  There was a light drizzle during the morning with temps about 55 degrees.  We had until 3:30pm to enjoy the shore excursions and see the town. 

Wednesday we awoke to the majestic Tracy Arm Fjord with its many waterfalls, glaciers, and icebergs…….spectacular!  At about 10:30am we headed to Juneau arriving at 1:30pm. and scheduled to leave at 9:30pm.  We were told the temps were mid-40s but didn’t need the parkas we brought with us…….sweatshirts were fine.  No rain this day. 

From Juneau we headed to Skagway on Thursday, arriving at 6:30am.  Another mild day with no rain. 

Friday was a day at sea but much calmer than Monday.  It was also our second formal dinner so we scheduled the group picture to be taken at 9:30pm in the Atrium. 





1.    Bearden Jettie Sue & Keith
2.    Bittner, Anne & Alan
3.    Brennan, Bob & Pat
4.    Buzzuro, Alan - Anthony
5.    Cobb, Judy & Jack
6.    Cowles, Stephanie & Hughie
7.    DeVore, Carolyn & Ken
8.    Downing, Vicki & Alan
9.    Figueroa, Rick & Christi - Taylor
10. Garitt, Christine & William
11. Haydu,  Francis & Deborah
12. Heyer, Chester & Elizabeth
13. Howard, Jim & Miyoko
14. Jones, Mike & Sally
15. Kressly, Tom & Dorothy Smith



16.  Marks, Dan & Penney
17.  Matus, Pam & Marvin
18.  Nixon, Charlie & Teresa
19.  Nors, Marvin & Joan
20.  Phillips, Paula - Geraldine Henning
21.  Reed, Gary
22.  Schenamsgruber, Bob & Joan
23.  Schmidt, Terry & Sandi
24.  Shapiro, Norman & Sandi
25.  Spence, Robert & Corinne
26.  TenEyck, Tim & Sheila
27.  Vansant, Emily & Ken
28.  Voloshen, Ken & Hedi
29.  Wolf, Le Roy & Lynn







Star Princess

                                                                           Marvin Matus - Marvin Nors

Dr. Norman Shapiro - Gary Reed                                           Kenny & Emily Vansant

Anne & Alan Bittner                                                                   Gary Reed - Kenney Vansant

Pam & Marvin Matus                                    Charlie & Teresa Nixon

                                                                                     UK Captain               Tim & Sheila TenEyck

Alan - Son Anthony Buzzurro                                 Gary Reed Emily and Kenny Vansant


Mike & Sally Jones                                                   Alaska State Flower - Forget Me Not

Dungeness Crab                                                 Anne & Alan Bittner

Penney Marks with a flower gift from the Cowles                                Boats in Ketchikan Harbor

One steep road                                           Duck tour Ketchikan

Sandi & Terry Schmidt - Alan - Antony Buzzurro - Paula Philips - Geraldine Henning - Keith Bearden
Hughie & Stephanie Cowles

Penney Marks in Victoria Canada                                        Carolyn & Ken DeVore

               Dora & Rod Rumsey                                            Robert & Corinne Spence - Lynn & Lee Wolf -  Chester & Liz Heyer

The Waiters with Baked Alaska                Dr. Norman Shapiro & Sandi - Pat & Bob Brennan

Stephanie & Howie Cowles (front)     Christine & William Garritt                                         Anne & Alan Bittner

Gary Reed - Dora & Rod Rumsey                                                     Emily Vansant - Carolyn DeVore

Anne & Alan Bittner                                                            Dan & Penney Marks