At Sea, with Steyn, McIntyre, and McKittrick

Well, now that I’ve boarded, and there were no extinction rebellion/climate protestors at the dock in Vancouver (a hotbed of climate activism) to shout hateful messages at us, (which wouldn’t go over well with the cruise line at all) I can tell you about it.

I’m on a week long cruise to Alaska with Mark Steyn (who fills in for Rush Limbaugh, is a best-selling author, and is embroiled in a moving-like-molasses lawsuit with butt-hurt climate zealot Dr. Michael Mann). It is one of the few perks I get as a climate skeptic, since those “big oil checks” the climate crusaders say I receive to have an opinion, never seem to arrive.

Mark graciously invited Steve McIntyre, Ross McKittrick, and me on this cruise on the condition that we talk about climate to his hundreds of other guests in a special session coming this Sunday. I’m proud to be the only American on the special “climate denier” ( or as Mark once called me, poking fun at Dr. Mann’s insults about me “Climate denier extraordinaire!” ) guest list.

It is a working trip, and I’ll be writing blog posts about my experiences, the climate of Alaska, the growing in-your-face climate denying Hubbard Glacier, and much more. I also hope to have interviews/podcasts with Mark Steyn, Steve McIntyre, and Ross McKittrick.

Mark, droll as ever, is poking fun at Dr. Mann by giving out hockey stick key-chains.

I’ll have more later, stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you haven’t bought this book yet, now’s the time. It supports Mark’s efforts as well as mine.


Click here for the Amazon page on this book

Thanks to “Charles the Moderator” for holding down the WUWT fort while I’m on this tour.

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September 4, 2019 1:32 pm

Mark is my favorite Rush guest host. 😀

Reply to  Don
September 4, 2019 5:51 pm

Mega dittos. Tell Mark its Uyghur Wednesday and you need an update.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  UNGN
September 4, 2019 10:47 pm

Are they still in Bermuda?

Reply to  Don
September 5, 2019 10:20 am

Love Mark Steyn!

Kurt in Switzerland
Reply to  Don
September 5, 2019 2:01 pm

Please – do visit a ‘disappearing’ coastal village and report how the residents are faring. While you’re up there, rent a kayak and run some tidal rapids after paddling last the ‘bergs.

Bob Tisdale(@bobtisdale)
September 4, 2019 1:38 pm

Have fun, Anthony!!


Curious George(@moudryj)
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
September 4, 2019 5:30 pm

Congratulations! Avoid any tsunami caused by suddenly thawing glaciers.

Reply to  Bob Tisdale
September 5, 2019 2:32 am

sound like a fun trip. I’m sure Steyn is great company.

I love the key fobs, I cracked up laughing when I realised what the shape was.

September 4, 2019 1:47 pm

I just RUSHED to the Steynonline website to see if I could obtain a landlubbers version of the hockeystick key ring … but alas … its a one-of. Congrats on scoring such a rare trinket in the war for TRUTH. I had to be satisfied with a Steyn hockeystick mousepad and trivet.

Enjoy your cruise on the diesel-powered oceanliner which is murdering billions of plankton with its chrome plated screws churning the pristine waters … and is simultaneously scattering microplastics throughout the arctic … further endangering the rare and beautiful Polar Bears.

You selfish MURDERER! / ha! sarc.

Reply to  kenji
September 4, 2019 2:28 pm

You saved met the trip, kenji. I wanted one too.

Maybe those hockey stick key rings will be available later.

Reply to  H.R.
September 4, 2019 6:16 pm

We all want one!!!

Reply to  AWM
September 5, 2019 2:48 am


Rainer Bensch
Reply to  AWM
September 5, 2019 4:28 am

But I would suggest to make it of two pieces and connect the paddle at the stick with a screw and nut. This would allow one to adjust…

Reply to  Rainer Bensch
September 5, 2019 9:32 am

The “paddle” at the end was already attached by a nut, Michael Mann. Of course since his “screw is loose” it will be easier for him to adjust to show the ever increasing crises.

Larry Hamlin
September 4, 2019 1:58 pm

Enjoy the trip. Should be fun unless there are a bunch of climate alarmist zealots on board that interrupt the proceedings.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
September 4, 2019 5:30 pm

some people have NO sense of humor…

and think of how much fun it would have been throwing them overboard!

nw sage
Reply to  Anthony Watts
September 4, 2019 7:55 pm

Have you seen any swimming along in the cruise ship wake? Maybe chased by killer whales??

A C Osborn
Reply to  Anthony Watts
September 5, 2019 5:55 am

I do hope that you are not using an Ice Breaker to break up that fragile Arctic Ice as we don’t want it being blown out of the Fram straight.
After all we all know the Ice is in a death spiral.

September 4, 2019 2:03 pm

Bon Voyage ! A spectacular area to visit. Hope the weather and seas are fine.

September 4, 2019 2:18 pm

Have a great trip!

September 4, 2019 2:19 pm

OMG!!! Is this the same Mark Steyn that often appears on Tucker Carlson? ER missed a golden opportunity!

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Ken
September 5, 2019 9:37 am

One and the same.

michael hart
September 4, 2019 2:19 pm

Hey, buy them all a drink from me. Make that two drinks.

I’ll reimburse you as soon as I have enough money to do so (alas, no big oil money for this poor scientific skeptic who thinks global warming alarmism may yet drive us all into penury).

Peter Fraser
September 4, 2019 2:26 pm

Enjoy your trip. It is great to have some reliable un-biased observers in the Arctic for a change. Looking forward to your comments. Don’t get caught in the ice.

Gerald Machnee
September 4, 2019 2:33 pm

That is a REAL Coup!
When I went on an Alaskan cruise about 10 years ago, I had to put up with a “naturalist” who was selling her book I think plus adding comments about climate change. There was no opportunity to question.
Enjoy the scenery!!!

Reply to  Gerald Machnee
September 5, 2019 7:41 pm

Mark Steyn wrote a book.

September 4, 2019 2:37 pm

Good luck with the glacier. If it recedes, it is because of the warmer temperatures that CO2 produces. If it advances, it is because of the meltwater that the warmer temperatures, due to CO2, produce. Everything is proof that more organic Carbon in the ecosystem will destroy life as we know it (do I really need a sarc tag).

September 4, 2019 2:39 pm

Just remember that polar bears are not cute and cuddly and resist the temptation to have your picture taken stroking one – the same applies to seals.

September 4, 2019 2:40 pm

Enjoy! I was there 2 weeks ago. Went up on the Knik glacier. 26 miles long by 5 miles wide. Went to several others as well.

We tried to fo a landing on a glacier on Mckinley but wx shut everyone down for a week.

My fly fishing trip on the upper Kenai was lost after a mishap had me going to the ER in Soldotna with busted ribs. I’ll make up for it next year. In fact, I plan on going back every year as there is too much area to cover. The geology and grand mountain ranges along with the people are incredible. You may end up staying like so many others. I found it hard to leave.

Enjoy the greatest state, scenery, people and food that only can be found in the USA.

Ed Zuiderwijk
September 4, 2019 2:42 pm

Love the liberty stick. But is it made from sustainably sourced wood? I have to know.

Mark Broderick
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 4, 2019 3:46 pm

Obviously, those “Hockey Sticks” are made from a single Yamal Tree ! lol

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 4, 2019 5:16 pm

All rescued in clandestine ops from Drax woodchip piles. Whatever it takes as this is not Marquis of Queenberry any longer.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 4, 2019 5:40 pm

Could be made from genuine bristlecone pine.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 4, 2019 6:28 pm

I have one. From Mark Steyn’s defense fund initiation.
Makes me laugh, every time.

Rod Evans
September 4, 2019 2:50 pm

To say I am jealous would be an understatement.
Enjoy the trip and look out for the Polar Bears. Their desire to fatten up at this time of year can lead them to eat almost anything!!

Reply to  Rod Evans
September 5, 2019 2:38 am

They don’t eat climate deniers, they leave a nasty taste. Plus they’re old and tough.

They prefer juicy young millennial climate activists who come up and try to pet them. Much easier to catch.

4 Eyes
September 4, 2019 2:50 pm

It will interesting to hear about the feedback that you get from fellow passengers. Have a good time.

September 4, 2019 2:55 pm

P.S. If you do venture off on nature trails or rivers, be alert for bear activity. They’re feeding for winter now. A guide is highly recommended.

Just in case you try to pan a little, there are recreational areas you can go. Try digging in the banks not in the stream. You’ll see some flakes. The gold in the streams are very deep and boulders make it a real challenge.

I found Talkeetna very interesting as the weather is influenced by Mt. Mckinley and others in Denaki.

For the best cuisine and accommodations, try the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge.


Reply to  john
September 4, 2019 4:18 pm

“A guide is highly recommended” – And a can of bear spray! That or remember the old saying “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun one other person” 🙂

A well deserved vacay for Mr Watts

Reply to  TRM
September 4, 2019 6:25 pm

One, must always worry that any bear chasing them is a bear that can not stop with just one.

nw sage
Reply to  ATheoK
September 4, 2019 7:58 pm

Depends on how tasty the first one is and how hungry the bear is!

September 4, 2019 2:57 pm

All should enjoy an interesting cruise as long as it is a Climate Alarmist Zealot free zone. Check for them down in the bilges.

Clay Sanborn
September 4, 2019 2:59 pm

I’d like to there.

September 4, 2019 2:59 pm

Anthony, have a nice trip together with yours and mine favorite contrarians…

Have been in Alaska a few times when our youngest daughter was flying as helicopter pilot at the North Slope (now since a few months flying in Europe). Incredible landscape and lots of real wild wildlife from fishing grizzly’s to moose with young just passing her former house in Anchorage…

September 4, 2019 3:02 pm

Finally, If you do find yourself at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge, they provide shuttle service to the main town if you wish.

I recommend you fly on K2 Aviation to Mt. Mckinley for a glacier landing or just around the peaks. Top notch outfit

September 4, 2019 3:16 pm

There have been Extinction Rebellion protesters, on Wednesdays, at the cruise ship terminal. Because cruise ships, and their passengers, are evil planet destroyers.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
September 4, 2019 7:25 pm

P.S. Bon voyage!

Reply to  Cam_S
September 4, 2019 9:04 pm

Watch out for Attenbrough and his falling ice-bergs! Maybe therell be a few rebellion protesters stuck on a berg floating past! Lets hope. Good luck with the trip, well done.

Reply to  Cam_S
September 5, 2019 3:33 am

if they REALLY wanted some people to protest about?
this mob would be a prime target..except it appears they got stuck or blocked by ice;-)) lol

Hope your ship stays clear of suchlike Anthony, and enjoy the well earnt break

Reply to  ozspeaksup
September 5, 2019 8:32 am

They’re not blocked. They’ve already passed through and are pausing to sightsee. I’ve been monitoring their progress. Also watching Anthony’s ship. Just west of Bella Bella now.

Reply to  Cam_S
September 8, 2019 4:53 am

Do these people work or do they live off their government oil checks?

September 4, 2019 3:22 pm

I’m proud to be the only American on the special “climate denier” ( or as Mark once called me, poking fun at Dr. Mann’s insults about me “Climate denier extraordinaire!” ) guest list.

Oh those wonderful perks!

Here’s to you, sir, from a fellow proud American. Cheers! And I hope you’ll relay, “Godspeed” to Mr. Steyn from just another lowly fan.

Farmer Ch E retired
September 4, 2019 3:39 pm

Glacier Bay is a great cruise. Special memories from a few Augusts ago was standing on the top deck in the cool air with a bowl of thick warm green pea soup – watching the mini icebergs float by and the backdrop of beautiful mountains and glaciers.

Enjoy yourselves gents!

Richard Patton
Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
September 4, 2019 5:26 pm

From my training on ice observing when in the Navy, they are called bergy bits. Next time at a party ask for bergy bits instead of ice cubes in your drink.

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Richard Patton
September 4, 2019 7:11 pm

LOL – leave it to a Navy guy ;<)

Anna Keppa
Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
September 5, 2019 9:25 pm

When I was in Glacier Bay five years ago, a Park Ranger explained to us on our cruise ship that a “healthy glacier” would not be receding in the face of “climate change.”

In the same presentation she told us how the original 18th century explorers could not go up Glacier Bay because it was entirely englaciated, and that access to the Bay was only made possible as the glaciers retreated during the 19th century.

Hello? Wouldn’t that be a sign that “climate change” then had nothing to do with humans? So…why would we assume that humans are causing unprecedented changes now?

Also, she was blissfully unaware that UNLESS the Earth came out of the Little Ice Age, NO ONE, save a few hardy Eskimos, would have been living in Alaska today.

It was muddle-headedness, all the way down.

September 4, 2019 3:44 pm

You’re sure right about there being a lot of far left nut jobs in Vancouver, as well as Victoria and the gulf islands just off the coast from Vancouver. I lived there for a couple of years in the early seventies and and it wasn’t too bad then. Not anymore. If you go into the interior of BC and northern BC, it’s not like that. Have a good trip and it sounds like it will be.

September 4, 2019 3:46 pm

Enjoy! I was there 2 weeks ago. Went up on the Knik glacier. 26 miles long by 5 miles wide. Went to several others as well.

We tried to fo a landing on a glacier on Mckinley but wx shut everyone down for a week.

We used Alpha Aviation and they were great as well.

My fly fishing trip on the upper Kenai was lost after a mishap had me going to the ER in Soldotna with busted ribs. I’ll make up for it next year. In fact, I plan on going back every year as there is too much area to cover. The geology and grand mountain ranges along with the people are incredible. You may end up staying like so many others. I found it hard to leave.

Enjoy the greatest state, scenery, people and food that only can be found in the USA.

September 4, 2019 3:56 pm

Enjoy your trip, you are in great company, a trip of a lifetime for most of us. Looking forward to the reports!

September 4, 2019 3:59 pm

Enjoy yourself Anthony, you deserve it. Michael.

Roy W. Spencer
September 4, 2019 4:09 pm

Sounds like fun!

Eric H.
Reply to  Roy W. Spencer
September 5, 2019 10:30 am

and a respite from the heat we are getting in LA (yes, Lower Alabama) this week. Hope all is well Dr. Spencer.

September 4, 2019 4:16 pm

Be sure to engage the folks from the National Park Service about Climate Change. On my trip there touring Glacier Bay earlier this year they following the Obama party line about Climate Change.
I tried to explain hot little we know about Natural Climate Variation, but as far a I could get was agree to disagree.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Gordon
September 4, 2019 5:27 pm

Do! Do! Do! I couldn’t get them to give me the time of day!!

Lance Wallace
September 4, 2019 4:29 pm

Three of my favorite people together on my family’s favorite activity. When you note the 1000-mile length of the great forests and then think of squaring it with thousands of additional miles inland in Canada and Siberia it restores the soul.

September 4, 2019 4:43 pm

Looking forward to a synopsis of your trip. Enjoy!

Ronny A.
September 4, 2019 5:15 pm

McIntyre/McIittrick deserve the Order of Canada, and the Nobel Prize for science, and medals, and trophies, and accolades to the end of time for their service to all peoplekind. I reached this conclusion after reading Andrew Montford’s ‘The Hockey Stick Illusion”. You, Anthony, deserve that award too, but alas you ain’t no Canuck.

Reply to  Ronny A.
September 4, 2019 6:44 pm

Plus 10,00022

Richard Patton
September 4, 2019 5:21 pm

Darn!!!!! Why didn’t you tell me??? We went on that cruise the last of May, and it frustrated me to no end the c**p that the NPS rangers put out about global warming, sea level rise and CO2. I wanted to scream “You’ve been lied to!!!” Anyway enjoy yourself.

Pat Frank
September 4, 2019 5:44 pm

I’m proud to be the only American on the special “climate denier” ( or as Mark once called me, poking fun at Dr. Mann’s insults about me “Climate denier extraordinaire!” ) guest list.

Actually, Anthony, you’re the only USAsian on the trip.

Mark Steyn, Ross McKittrick and Steve McIntyre are all also American in the appropriate generic sense, because Canada, as is the US and Mexico, is but part of North America.

Hope you guys all have a wonderful trip. You deserve the vacation. I join all the others here in wishing you bon voyage, good luck, and freedom from both predatory ursini and political asini. 🙂

Gerald Machnee
Reply to  Pat Frank
September 4, 2019 7:15 pm

**Actually, Anthony, you’re the only USAsian on the trip. **
Not necessarily. People from other countries will board in Vancouver. Then the crew is composed of individuals from many countries.

Doug Ferguson
September 4, 2019 5:48 pm

Welcome to Alaska!

Don’t know if you will get into the Mat-Su Valley, but if you do be sure to visit Palmer and take a farm tour.

Palmer was the site (and the result of) the Matanuska colony project during the great depression and is now the primary center of farming activities in Alaska. Over 200 farming families from the northern regions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan were sent to homestead here in the 1930’s. More than half stayed and made this area into a farming community.

Be prepared, though. Much of Alaska, and especially this south-central region has been hit with unusually high temperatures, a severe drought and forest fires this summer so the media and warmists are blaming you-know-what!

Palmer, Alaska

Reply to  Doug Ferguson
September 5, 2019 5:00 pm

Which means September in southern Alaska is temperate and nicer shirt sleeve walking weather than usual. F the alarmists. I’m in Anchorage and just got back from the Wrangels.

Right-Handed Shark
September 4, 2019 5:53 pm

Should’ve invited Al Gore, you could introduce him to the polar bears.

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
September 4, 2019 7:17 pm

It’ll be cold enough without Al along and don’t disturb him if he’s conducting a vegan rowing tour to catch the walruses.

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
September 4, 2019 11:02 pm

Speaking of the vegan rowing tour I suspect there’s one that won’t be able to make it as she’s got too much on her plate at present-
Don’t forget to throw another shrimp on the barbie for her.

John Sandhofner
September 4, 2019 5:56 pm

Enjoy your trip Anthony. Say hi to Mark Steyn. He is my favorite fill in for Rush. He has quite the humor.

September 4, 2019 6:27 pm


All the good work you do getting the truth out, aside, it will be absolutely immoral if you do not go halibut fishing while you are there!! Enjoy!

September 4, 2019 6:37 pm

“Mark graciously invited Steve McIntyre, Ross McKittrick, and me on this cruise on the condition that we talk about climate to his hundreds of other guests in a special session coming this Sunday.”

Definite pillars for the Climate Apocalypse Edition!

Just escaped the hospital and my funds are short; but I just hit the “Tip Button” because WUWT and Anthony deserve it!
Please, buy drinks for yourself and for the Climate Apocalypse Edition supporters McIntyre, McKittrick and Steyn!

Jeff Labute
September 4, 2019 7:01 pm

Does it stop in Vancouver to pick up Tim Ball? 🙂
Get some pretty northern light shots if you can. Been able to get views even as far south as Kelowna.

Craig from Oz
September 4, 2019 7:35 pm

“… there were no extinction rebellion… ”

Hey don’t be too harsh on them. I am sure they wanted to be there, but it can be hard to hire a diesel generator on short notice.

R Taylor
September 4, 2019 7:36 pm

If Steyn, McI, McK and Watts are at sea, let’s hope it’s just about whose buying the next round.

R Taylor
September 4, 2019 7:37 pm

who’s, not whose

Mickey Reno
September 4, 2019 9:08 pm

Watch out not only for polar bears looking to eat you in order to fatten up, but also for falling walruses. When one ton tub of blubber falls on you, it leaves a mark.

September 4, 2019 9:09 pm

Smooth sailing !
Wish I was there .

September 4, 2019 10:49 pm

Sorry to break the news, but they won’t be seeing any polar bears.
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Reply to  Toto
September 5, 2019 9:04 pm

A meaningless graphic?

Alan Kendall
September 4, 2019 11:42 pm

May you be blessed with clear skies and a receptive audience.

Brent Hargreaves
September 5, 2019 1:01 am

Enjoy the trip, Anthony.
You truly are a hero, and your many supporters are grateful for your efforts over the years to preserve rational thought on the subject of climate. You are a bastion against the alarmists who are governed by emotion rather than by evidence.
You are a Son of Galileo

Stevem Fraser
September 5, 2019 5:37 am

Anthony: when in Glacier bay, obtain some of the National Park Service flyers about bay history. It has an interesting section on where the glaciers were positioned variously: pre-little ice age, at the time of George Vancouver, John Muir, etc.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Stevem Fraser
September 5, 2019 11:08 am

The most interesting thing I found in the brochure was that in the 1600’s (or early 1700’s I don’t remember which) all of Glacier Bay was land-filled clear to Icy Strait, and one summer the glaciers started to rapidly advance. According to the native legends “faster than a dog could run.” They had to abandon their summer camps and run for the hills.

Jeff Id
September 5, 2019 5:47 am

How fun. Good company.

September 5, 2019 6:42 am

OK, now it is official, I am jealous! Enjoy the cruise, hopefully next time the Official Foreign Born Guest Host will give us the salacious details.

September 5, 2019 9:40 am

Have a great time, Anthony. If you go to Juneau and if it isn’t raining you get a great view from the top of the cable car.
The whole trip up the inside of the islands is on a par with the Norwegian coastal voyage on Hutigruten vessels.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Oldseadog
September 5, 2019 11:11 am

you get a great view from the top of the cable car.

If you have the money to spend $35 per person to ride the cable car it is. Sorry we didn’t think it was worth the money.

John in L du B
September 5, 2019 11:53 am

Yep. This would be a great cruise. Mark needs to sponsor a trip to Churchill to see the polar bears. My brother’s going to Churchill in October with a famous (or infamous) travel/education organization. One look at the propaganda …er, I mean information seminars made me cringe. There’s no way I’d pay 8 large to stay in dormitory facilities and be preached that trash.
I’d consider a day trip from Winnipeg maybe.

paul courtney
September 5, 2019 12:35 pm

Dear Mr. Watts: It’s gratifying to see four men of courage pulling together, makes one think we might make progress opposing progressives. And you get to drink!

September 5, 2019 12:46 pm

Extinction Rebellion versus cruise ships leaving Vancouver.

The polluting end of tourism: Environmentalist pushes for cruise ship ban in Vancouver harbour

A B.C. environmentalist is calling for an outright ban on cruise ships coming into Vancouver’s harbour.

The push is in an effort to help reduce the impact of the vessels’ carbon footprint.

“We are destroying our oceans with plastic, with pollution, with noise, with everything,” Danika Dinsmore with Extinction Rebellion Sunshine Coast tells NEWS 1130.

Alan Bays
September 5, 2019 4:07 pm

I just put a small donation in the tip jar to buy these fine gents a couple of drinks – maybe some of the other WUWT regulars could do the same to show our appreciation for their efforts.

Paul Norman Grant
September 5, 2019 5:39 pm

Are you all documented?

September 5, 2019 6:45 pm

Can’t believe you are traveling with an undocumented alien. What if ICE shows up?

Reply to  Fred Ohr
September 6, 2019 7:26 am

No worries, the ICE melted….

September 5, 2019 7:36 pm

Watts, McIntyre, McKittrick, and Steyn … they’re all in the best of company!

Have a great time!

James Bull
September 5, 2019 11:14 pm

Please Please Please
tell me where I can get one of those wonderful key rings!
I’d have half a dozen just so I’d know I’d have one to show how not to do climatology.

James Bull

Coeur de Lion
September 6, 2019 1:26 am

Can you find out why polar bears have evolved with BLACK NOSES? Book “Arctic Dreams” has a solution but I’m not sure.

Reply to  Coeur de Lion
September 6, 2019 3:10 am

Is it not the case that the skin is all black, just the hair that is white? And hair on your nose would make you sneeze all the time so your prey would hear you long before they saw a black nose, which would be counter productive, for you anyway if not the prey.

September 6, 2019 4:07 am

I’m insanely jealous! What a team!
Just keep an eye out for low-flying walruses, perhaps wear a cycle helmet just in case.
Regards to all have a wonderful time.

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