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The Crew

Captain Jeff Behrens & wife Catherine are the owners of Fantasy Cruises


Fantasy Crusies has been based in Seattle since 1990. Captain Jeff Behrens and wife Catherine are the owners of Fantasy Cruises and will be personally involved in your cruise from beginning to end.

Captain Jeff Behrens
Captain Jeff Behrens has owned and operated USCG licensed vessels for over 25 years. He has owned and operated Fantasy Cruises since 1990, making it one of the longest continuous small ship operations in North America. Captain Jeff’s navigation experience has included transiting the Panama Canal.

Captain Chuck
Along with owners Captain Jeff and Catherine, we also have a Second Captain who will Captain the Island Spirit if Captain Jeff is not aboard. Captain Chuck is near and dear to caring for the Island Spirit and our guests.
Johnny James – Head Engineer
Johnny James is our head Engineer whom with his team works on the Island Spirit during the offseason.

Chef Stephen O’Connell
The Island Spirit always has a Head Chef, joining us again this year will be Chef Stephen O’Connell. We also must have a sous chef aboard, to prepare your delicious fresh meals.

We have additional licensed deckhands, stewards, customer service representatives, and an evening deckhand to watch night call. There is always a crew member around to assist 24 hours a day! Please, do not hesitate to ask any person for assistance.

The Island Spirit’s Naturalist will be your Cruise Director and guide you through the palate of Alaska and all of her beauty. With presentations and guiding you with our land tours, he will be guiding kayaking and zodiac nature trips. If you choose to add an excursion or fishing trip, not provided on our ship, our naturalist will assist you.