Wednesday, 19 December 2012
19.12.2012 - 19.12.2012
Busy day in store today:
0700 Enter Milford Sound
0910 Exit Milford Sound
1210 Enter Thompson Sound
1315 Exit Doubtful Sound
1435 Enter Dusky Sound
1555 Exit Dusky Sound
We figured there would be competition for the best vantage points so we set the alarm for 0500 and were at breakfast by 0530. Early indications didn't look promising, the sea was relatively calm but there were heavy clouds and rain squalls. Dressed appropriately for the cold and strong wind we approached Milford Sound. A bit more sunshine would have made it a magical experience but it was pretty good regardless.
The Captain maintained his timetable and we were up on deck most of the day. At times the wind was so strong it was impossible to hold the camera steady, at other times the wind dropped completely.
We managed to fit in a 'slide show' by the Ranger, Ian Thorne. He has spent 40 years working in the area as a guide, ranger and conservationist. His images were amazing and included pictures of animals and places not many people have seen. The mainly flightless native birds are under threat from introduced predators. Even the forests are under threat from the introduced possums who are multiplying at an alarming rate.
The pastry cooks have been busy !! The atrium is filled with a complete make-believe village made of iced gingerbread, just amazing the trouble they go to.
Dropped into the cabin for a short nap before dinner and decided not to bother getting changed for dinner and had a more than adequate meal in the Buffet. There is always an amazing collection of cakes to choose from.
Despite the nap we're both feeling lethargic and have decided to watch another movie rather than go to a questionable live-show in the Vista Lounge.
Port Chalmers, gateway to Dunedin, is tomorrow's destination.