Scene on the Sound: Cruise ship meets the Nimitz on the Salish Sea

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Two giants head toward each other on the Salish Sea
Photo by Jan Hansen

Story and photos by Jan Hansen

Yesterday evening the naval aircraft carrier CVN 68, USS Nimitz was headed south at the same time that the Norwegian Cruise Line Encore was on her way to Alaska. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Encore was on her way to Alaska
Photo by Jan Hansen

The Nimitz, 1040 feet in length, is one of the largest warships in the world; the Encore, 1094 feet in length, carries over 4,000 passengers.

Cruise passengers and naval crew were on the decks watching the spectable
Photo by Jan Hansen
They passed at the mid-channel buoy with cruise passengers and naval crew on the decks watching the spectacle. I, too, was on deck thoroughly enjoying the sight.


Anonymous,  July 4, 2023 at 10:34 AM  

Cool photos. The Nimitz does not have many deployments left; one or two, maybe three.

Anonymous,  July 5, 2023 at 5:48 AM  

I wonder if the cruise ship rendered the traditional naval salute when encountering a warship.

Anonymous,  July 5, 2023 at 8:41 AM  

That’s a great picture

Anonymous,  July 6, 2023 at 7:50 PM  

The Nimitz is 1,092 feet long. She was my home for 3 years.

Anonymous,  July 8, 2023 at 8:48 AM  

The Nimitz is returning from Asia Pacific. While here, she and her crew volunteered on Guam twice at Kurason I Sengsong/ Island Girl Power in the Village of Dededo. We thank them for their service in April, and their return in the early days of recovery from Typhoon Mawar end of May.

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