Sea Days

Trip Start Jan 20, 2012
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Trip End Feb 26, 2012


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Flag of Chile  , Patagonia,
Thursday, February 2, 2012

I love sea days. We have 10 during the cruise. You get a chance to relax and enjoy the many activities being offered. it's also a great opportunity to read a book. There are bridge lessons every sea day. Doreen & Audrey better watch out, I'm becoming a pro :). There are also two lecture series on sea days, we've been focussing on one given by an anthropologist. She's a gifted storyteller and although born & raised in the US, she's lived in south America for the past 30 years so she's very familiar with her topics. Each lecture focuses on a specific topic, ie how the different cultures have evolved, effects of the conquerors on the different aboriginal people's (countries were either conquered by the Spanish or Portuguese) and subsequent immigration, how glaciers are formed, etc. Fascinating, I'm learning a lot.

We spent February 1 & 2 cruising the Chilean Fjords.  We're still in an inland passage and the scenery is spectacular.  We haven't seen a person or town on shore since we left Puerto Chachabuco.  This is apparently the most sparsely populated place on earth, even less populated than the Sahara Desert.  It looks habitable, but there is no shoreline, the mountains fall directly into the sea, and the vegetation is prickly and sparse.  There are water birds which are all around, if they happen to land on the boat they are disoriented and can't seem to fly.  The crew are used to this and simply pick them up and throw them overboard and they quickly fly away. 

We've seen two shipwrecks, one deliberate (for insurance money) another was due to a navigational error.  The most dramatic event over the last two days was a medical situation where a passenger had to be airlifted.  It was quite the site, the helicopter lowered a stretcher onto the pool deck and the doctor on board secured the passenger.  We hear that he is stable.  




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