Cruising the fjords
01.03.2015 - 01.03.2015
We ordered breakfast for 6.00 am as we were boarding the zodiac at 8.00 am for our close up viewing of the Garibaldi Glacier.
At 7.30 am we were anchored in front of the Garibaldi Glacier. And at 8.00am we were aboard our zodiac for a 45 minute of the glacier, up close and personal. We heard a few cracks and saw some of it drop into the sea but just as we were about to leave and come back to the ship, a huge bit fell off and crashed into the sea, causing a few waves. We hot-footed it out of there quick smart.
Back onboard and Baptiste had morning tea already for us. He is gorgeous.
We had a sighting of humpback whales quite close to the ship which caused great excitement. Our Captain is so good. He cruised around for quite a while looking at the whales.
We had lunch in our cabin and had a very relaxing afternoon, reading and sleeping. The sun was streaming in the window so it was very hard to stay awake. I woke up in the middle of a tremendous storm with the rain lashing at the window but it was soon gone and the sun came out again. The weather is quite mild.
Our group met with Rikus just before dinner for a run down on tomorrow's activities. We will be going through the Kirke Passage at about 5.00 pm which is extremely narrow and the Captain has to wait until there is no fluctuation in the tide for the very small window which will enable him to sail through. Bigger ships can't do this. One slip up and we are on the rocks! It goes without saying that the bridge is closed to onlookers while the ship sails through the Kirke Passage.
We will be anchored at Puerto Natales tomorrow night and we will be able to go ashore in the evening, for a stroll around the town. Looking forward to it.
Had dinner in the dining room tonight with Pete and Deb, Shirley and Alex, and Robyn and Ken, all from New South Wales. Very lively conversation and lots of fun.
We will be hitting rough seas tonight from 2.00 am to 7.00 am, but I am planning to be sound asleep and not feel a thing!