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Published: July 26th 2019
Cruise day 8
Getting humpbacked out with the ocra gang and our tribe 22nd July 2019
The plan was to get up early but when you don’t set an alarm there’s always a chance that you will oversleep. And we did. Luckily one of the restaurants carries on doing breakfast until late although it’s only a buffet one so you can’t order kedgeree for example. There was plenty of smoked salmon though so it’s all good.
The rest of the day has pretty much been spent whale watching and mostly outside. The weather, not surprisingly, has got colder and a bit rainy at times but we have seen lots of whales. Two pods of humpbacks have gone past, maybe a minke, as well as some fin whales with a distant blow possibly being a blue whale.
The Orca workers (who we now call the okra gang) split up and work one side of the deck each with an alarm to tell the other side to come across when they spot something. Everything has been pretty far away today and any photos you get have to be zoomed right in to see even a whale blow or a
fin but at least we can see something.
At least the inside is warm as you rush from side to side! One side has chairs and a bit of shelter so we based ourselves there and only visited the other side when we ‘had’ to. We spent some time with our tribe in the observatory from where we saw one pod of humpbacks. There were two tables of card players who wouldn’t even turn their heads to look at whales so we look forward to mocking them for the rest of the cruise. Some of them sit at Andy and Mo’s dinner table and are incredibly annoying. That must be awful, being stuck with vile people every night....although you do have a buffet restaurant option which is what we’ve done most nights. Tonight is formal night so bugger that and I think Andy and Mo were going to give it a miss too. Fancy having to dress up just so they’ll give you your dinner!
Talking of vile people, we are currently sat in the observatory where someone was overheard to say the other night that you shouldn’t be allowed in unless you were dressed properly. Oh I
wish I’d been there!! There are some snobby people about....who are probably in a suite....and paid double what we paid....but eat the same food....but get to sleep in a bigger room....bleeuurrghhh.....
Anyway, we’re in the observatory now to get warm and write this of course. No-one has hassled me yet about my combat trousers and t-shirt....bring it on snobby!!
I nipped down for something to eat and could see land as I was eating. I threw my food (and coffee) down and rushed back up to Claire as she was sat on the opposite side of the boat. We grabbed our stuff and rushed outside to be told we’d missed a blue whale by about two minutes. Ah well, the scenery was stunning and we’ve seen blueys before....more would be great of course.
We passed glaciers, snowy mountains and ice flows as birds hovered below, alongside and above us. Absolutely glorious. We’ve wanted to come here for so long and now, here it is, untouched land in view of our camera lenses. The Wades have arrived!
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