We are watching our progress as we sail south, listening to the Captain’s updates regarding the weather and how it might affect our plans. Yesterday, we were glad to leave the open ocean behind and sail in the relative shelter of the islands. We hoped for some lovely scenery, a bit of wildlife to snap and perhaps an unexpected surprise?
These narrow, steep sided glacial fjords don’t make for good internet communications but I managed to post yesterday’s blog before lunch and enjoyed being up and about, even if the weather did take a turn for the worse later in the day.
We did a bit of penguin spotting, but didn’t quite manage to catch it in time! As we sat enjoying a spot of lunch, we watched the water spouts from whales swimming a few miles off but again, the pictures remain in our heads.
Last evening, we sailed back out into the open ocean again for three hours, negotiating the last headland which obstructs our passage south. The Captain had warned everyone that between 8 and 11, there could be a little movement and advised to hang on and hold the handrails. Sure enough, just as we finished our Italian supper we turned that corner and – wow – all hands on deck to secure the outdoor furniture! By 11, all was calm again as we sailed into another sheltered fjord. This is quite a journey.
This morning, we are sailing in the Smyth channel and the plan was to visit the Amalia glacier at 6.30am – weather permitting. Well, the weather didn’t permit, sadly and having taken advice from the Chilean Navy, the Captain decided it was too risky to take his ship through a narrow channel in high winds. We continue on our way of course, the next point of interest being the wreck of the Santa Leonor this afternoon, but again we will be at the mercy of the weather.
Are we disappointed? Of course. Are we downhearted? Of course not!
One thing is sure. We will not be doing any laundry. The ship is sailing under the highest health precautions following reports of a few GI cases. As a result, every surface, handrail, carpet and piece of furniture is constantly being cleaned. Every member of staff is working to contain the situation and their action seems to be proving effective, thank goodness. One of the more surprising effects of the raised precautions is the closure of the self-serve laundries, so we don’t even feel any pressure to do the washing and ironing today. What a shame
Anyway, with a full programme of things we want to do today, it might be a challenge to squeeze in some reading time to begin my new book group title – A God in Ruins. I wonder how many pages I’ll manage before I fall asleep?
I’m still on wildlife watch but not doing very well so far, unless this is a particularly rare breed of seagull?