From The Boathouse: More stories from the Last Frontier

September 20, 2012|By Mike Whitehead
  • Mike Whitehead in front of the Mendenhall Glacier.
Mike Whitehead in front of the Mendenhall Glacier. (Daily Pilot )


I have returned after cruising for a week aboard the Princess Cruises' Star Princess on my radio station's Alaskan cruise this week. As I mentioned last week, CRN Digital Talk Radio, which syndicates my "Boathouse Radio Show," hosted a murder mystery cruise produced by Don and Marky Fenwick who owns CruiseWorks Inc.

Don and Marky are known for writing and bringing to life countless murder mystery cruises around the nation on numerous voyages. As a matter of fact, they had to copyright their material as others were stealing their programs.

During the captain's reception, Capt. Todd McBain recognized the pair for having taken 29 cruises aboard the Princess fleet, making them the third most cruising couple aboard. I think they have taken at least 100 cruises when you add in the other lines.

I would be remiss if I did not mention professional actor and voiceover artist Terrence Stone, who played the detective. He did a great job with his attire, knowledge of the script and sense of humor, but I will always remember him for when he exited the room one afternoon.


Dressed like Sherlock Holmes, and while talking to the group, he approached double glass doors to leave the room. However, he grabbed the handle of the locked door and pretended to smash his head into the door with a loud bang, thus falling down knocking himself out cold.

The group laughed hysterically, and no one got up to help him. Outside of the doors, a few people heard the loud bang and saw him lying on the ground. The concerned passengers ran over to help the injured man dressed in a detective outfit, but saw it was just good a performance.

The murder mystery participants dined nightly together at two or three tables with entertainment from Stone and Lytle Bob Terrell. The way these two gentlemen played off each other made me think I was in a comedy club.

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