Alaska Sea Adventures Crew
Captain and Owner
Captain Dennis ‘Hank’ Rogers is a professional mariner with nearly five decades of experience navigating the waters of Alaska both as a commercial fisherman and as captain of the Northern Song.
He is a U.S. Coast Guard certified master of vessels to 200 tons and is trained and certified in first aid and CPR. Continued educational courses in marine safety, technical training, first aid, and even a certification as an emergency medical technician have added an even greater degree of expertise, and an extra margin of precaution. With enthusiastic affection for the Alaskan outdoors and a fascination with its diverse wilderness flora and fauna, Dennis continues his quest to experience and explore more of the wonders of this area he calls home, Southeast Alaska!
While pursuing an education in marine biology Dennis enjoyed the allure of time spent aboard research vessels and eventually satisfied the desire to be on the water after becoming involved with the commercial fisheries in Alaska. The waters of SE Alaska are home to this long-time Petersburg Alaska resident, who with his wife Toni has raised two sons that enjoyed summers learning nautical skills aboard the families’ fishing vessels. Decades of fishing the local waters during year-around seasonal fisheries for salmon, herring, halibut, prawns, tanner and king crab, have made him a master of this region and its waterways.
A career change from commercial fishing to charter yacht ownership and operations provides the platform for Dennis to share with visitors the raw magnificent beauty and wildlife found among the islands, fjords, coves and bays of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage and Tongass National Forest that he so passionately enjoys.
With great enthusiasm, Captain Dennis continues Alaska Sea Adventures 35-year tradition of unsurpassed SE Alaskan cruises. Dennis addition of a variety of professionally guided expeditions has expanded the companies’ cruise offerings. Individual tours focused on archeology, natural and cultural history, photography, sea kayaking, fly-fishing, ornithology, whale and wildlife observation are only some of the typical adventures offered.
Dennis enthusiastically utilizes the knowledge and critical skills acquired during his lifelong career on the water. He is passionate about the beauty and adventure of the Alaskan seas and surroundings and generously shares that legacy and expertise with all of his guests aboard the Northern Song.
“Thanks to Captain Dennis and all the crew for an outstanding introduction to Southeast Alaska. It is a delight to travel with a crew that enjoys their work so much.”
Dick & Doris R.
Chef Stuart Anthony, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida brings a depth of experience and enthusiasm to the galley of the Northern Song. With more than thirty years of experience in fine dining, Stuart’s passion for global cuisine with a local seasonal flair is what drives him when creating menus and delighting guests in a way that’s both gratifying and satisfying for even those with dietary requirements and requests.
He has most recently served as head chef on yacht’s based in Florida and for many years was the head chef at Pisgah View Ranch in Candler, NC. Family owned and operated in the Great Smoky Mountains since 1790, this 2,000-acre ranch was where Stuart fine-tuned his seasonal cuisine and local provisioning for guests.
Today Stuart enjoys yoga and gardening year-round and is looking forward to working the bounty of Alaska seafood and welcoming guests to his table.
Captain & First Mate
Northern Song Captain/ First Mate, Captain James Begeman, got his first salty taste of the ocean during a childhood visit to Bermuda. He was instantly hooked. Immediately after finishing high school in the Midwest, he moved to California and bought a sailboat to explore the scenery and sea life of the coastal waters and the Channel Islands.
James decided to turn his hobbies into a profession and moved to Key Largo to become a certified SCUBA instructor and licensed boat captain. Over the years, he has followed his passions all around the globe and worked in Hawaii, Tonga, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Indonesia. Along the way he met his partner and Northern Song Naturalist, Mindy Huston, and the two have worked together on the ocean ever since. Both developed an immense love for whales and shifted focus in that direction. They spent a magical season in Niue working as guides taking people snorkeling with humpback whales, followed by a season guiding snorkelers with Blue whales in Timor Leste.
Captain James and Mindy now follow the same migration as the Northern Pacific Humpback whales. They spend most of the year with them in their Alaskan feeding grounds and travel to Hawaii for a few months in winter to visit them in their breeding grounds. James works as a boat captain in both places so that he can share his love of the whales with visitors. He has been fortunate to work as captain for world renowned film crews, setting them up for cinematic shots of the whales in action. He is also a licensed drone pilot and recently had his footage featured in a film narrated by David Attenborough.
Although the sandy beaches of the tropics are nice, James now considers the glacier carved passages of Southeast Alaska home and looks forward to sharing his love for them with guests of the Northern Song.
Mindy Huston, Northern Song Naturalist, brings a breadth of experience and enthusiasm for whales to Alaska Sea Adventures’ marine and wildlife program. Mindy is originally from the East Coast and will be returning to Southeast Alaska for her fourth summer this year. She has been a PADI dive instructor since 2009 and has worked in and on the water in places such as Roatan, St. Croix, Hawaii, Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Indonesia.
She first met her partner, James Begeman, Northern Song Captain /First Mate in Hawaii where they discovered their shared enthusiasm for humpback whales. The two of them have spent the last several years following the whales. They have enjoyed many whale seasons in Hawaii, worked as whale snorkel guides in Niue, followed the pygmy blue whale migration through Timor Leste, and now migrate with the humpbacks spending summers in Alaska and winters in Hawaii.
During the summer of 2020, Mindy and James took advantage of the lack of cruise ships in Southeast Alaska and spent the summer out on their own boat watching and observing the whales. This gave them the unique opportunity to ‘get to know’ the whales. They were able to identify over 240 individuals, including 23 females with calves!
Mindy is excited to join the Northern Song as Naturalist/ Mate and eager to share her knowledge of the area. She is an amateur photographer, enjoys hiking, kayaking, and the beauty of Southeast Alaska.
World traveller Stephanie, also known by her crewmates as “The Most Interesting Woman In the World,” started her life in Romania, became a championship figure skater in British Columbia on a quest for the Olympics, then spent much of her young adulthood working on fishing boats everywhere from Scotland to Maine. She speaks half a dozen languages, earned a Master’s Degree by the age of 23, and she can identify almost everything in a tidepool (and will happily do so for guests).
These days, she proudly serves as first mate on the Northern Song while also earning her PhD in Marine Biology. She has collected many interesting and exciting stories from her adventures around the world that she is always happy to share with guests.