Transatlantic Cruise 2007 travel blog

High above the ocean we staked out our spot. This is where...

Jim was prepared for anything.

Jim and Carol are sure cheerful for so early in the morning.

We started seeing ice bergs as we approched.

And then we had ice and rocks which was the case most...

 

 

 

 

One of the crew hoists the appropriate flags for the passage.

What looks like a log on the hillside above the cut in...

A stitched image as we start into the sund.

The weather station on our left.

 

A fair size ice berg.

Sliding past the rocks. They will be fairly close on both sides...

More of the weather station.

 

Three of the crew are on the rocks watching us and getting...

 

A nice blue berg.

More of the weather station facility.

Rocks close on the right.

A little more room on the left.

Another stictched image looking forward.

 

Jim got me and my layers. I think I was getting chilled...

Jim was better dressed for the weather.

Even the lower peaks were starting to build clouds.

I wonder what cause the darker strand of rock?

This is Jim's picture of the wall

...and this is a picture of Jim taking the previous picture.

Once more.

Looking forward. See all the cowards behind the windbreak? The bad part...

And looking aft.

A glacier. I think this was the southernmost part of the Greenland...

 

Jim's view to the rear. As you can see the crowd is...

To give some scale you can see one of our tenders (lifeboat)...

Stitched image of the same scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another glacier is peeking out ahead on our right.

Looking ahead the weather is closing in.

 

 

 

 

The tender is between two ice bergs. One is almost as large...

 

Again the tender gives some scale to the scene. Some of the...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am taking a picture of one of the waiters who looks...

 

 

In areas like this many of the ship's personnel try to get...

Looking into a cut where there is another glacier. The little speck...

 

 

 

Jim caught me trying to hide behind the radome. It didn't stop...

 

Another look back.

And ahead. It had started to sprinkle as you can see from...

We considered this a good time to join our brides.

A view through the glass with a few reflections showing. I did...

Joyce must be trying to warm me up with her latte. I...

This looks to me like some kind of beast hanging over the...

 

 

 

 

Lunch time and the grill is going which sounds better than going...

Jim got a shot down our wake while waiting for Joyce and...

The clock says 12:30 and we are still sliding past the rocks.

Jim also got some ice shots while we were gone.

 

Joyce is working on her burger in a somewhat sheltered area of...

One of Jim's nice shots of a cloud wrapped peak.

An empty pool deck. The walls are close on both sides. The...

Looking ahead and to the right side.

Another of Jim's peaks in the clouds. Don't fly into these clouds.

View aft from a higher vantage point and again the view ahead...

Off to one side looking forward.

Reflections.

The view aft from our perch in Skywalkers on deck 17.

 

Another glacier coming from the ice cap.

 

Joyce took these from Skywalkers.

 

Looking forward as we maneuver either to follow the channel or to...

This brings us fairly close to the wall on our right.

 

Looking aft.

And forward.

Note the difference in the weather from the previous picture. They were...

Reflections.

 

 

 

Watching the ice berg as we pass.

 

A large receding glacier. In these pictures you can see some of...

 

 

 

 

 

As we went on by Joyce got part of the hanging glacier...

We saw many water falls along the way throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are approaching Aappilattoq, the only village we will see today. It...

Looks like the cloud got caught in the gap between the peaks.

Now the homes can be seen behind the iceberg.

 

 

 

 

Joyce caught a picture of two cruisers in a hot tub. Even...

Joyce's view through the dirty tinted glass as we approached the village....

 

 

Many villagers came out in boats to greet us.

Does the iceberg look larger now?

 

This dude has to be cold!

 

Many folks just watched from the rocks. Look close. There are more...

Some of the boats, as this one, had freshly killed seals hanging...

 

 

These people are headed down to be picked up by a boat....

At least they have some contact with the outside world.

Getting picked up off the rock.

 

 

Jim's shot of the hot tubbers.

I think these are the ones we saw on the rock.

 

We are taking pictures of them as they are doing the same...

The weather became much nicer on the east end of Prins Christian...

 

 

There were some nice icebergs here too.

 

 

 

 

 

A Joyce view through the glass. At least she was warm.

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce's view from Skywalker's.

My view from outside. The pictures are about 40 seconds apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in Skywalker's.

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, September 12, 2007, Scenic Cruising in Prins Christian Sund, Greenland. As had been announced we entered the eastern end of Prins Christian Sund on the southern end of Greenland at 8:00 AM. Prins Christian Sund is a channel between the mainland of Greenland and the island Sanmisoq. The Greenlandic name is Ikerasassuaq meaning the long channel. There are many islands, large and small, in this area with a complex network of narrow channels and fjords.

From a handout ©Jon Vidar Sigurdsson 2007 provided on the ship: "The southern tip of Greenland is Cape Farewell on the island Itivdleq. The Greenlandic name is Nunaap Isua meaning 'the lands end.' Instead of sailing past Cape Farewell it is possible to make a shortcut through the channels. This is however only possible from midsummer until late autumn because the sea is blocked with pack-ice at other times. Sailing through this remote wonderland of steep granite mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and icebergs is a privilege that few people get to enjoy. The rugged landscape was formed by carving glaciers during the Ice age."

At its most narrow point the Sund is only 1570 feet wide. Grand Princess has a breadth of 118 feet so we had room to spare, but it sure looked tighter than that at a couple of spots. The mountains on either side of the channel are up to 5000 feet high. We spent most of the day slowly sailing through some 66 miles of channel and fjords.

Carol had determined it would be too chilly to enjoy the view from anywhere outside so she and Joyce staked out a spot in Skywalker's Lounge, high atop the rear of the ship. From there they/we would have a good view of both sides looking aft down our wake. Jim and I joined them until we got into the Sund whereupon we headed for the open decks in order to get better pictures than we would get through the dirty, tinted glass in Skywalker's. Carol and Joyce held their place all day, fighting off attacks from latecomers who wanted to horn in. Jim and I occasionally returned to rest and warm up from our time on deck.

It was cool and windy during most of our passage. After we had been out awhile Jim and I both returned to our rooms to add some clothes. He also loaned me a pair of gloves as I had forgotten to bring any on the trip. I had started the day in a t-shirt, flannel shirt, hooded sweatshirt, and light jacket. I added another sweatshirt and a nylon hooded windbreaker. I also slipped some nylon athletic pants over my blue jeans. After that I stayed reasonably warm while I was outside, but Joyce said I looked like the Michelin Man.

As we entered the Sund we saw the Ikearasassuaq weather station on our port side. Five people stay there year round and they were all out on the rocks to watch us and take some pictures as we passed them. The station was established in WW2.

After our long, fairly straight passage through Prins Christian Sund we had to make some hard turns into various other passages to make our way through to the west. We passed by Aappilattoq, the only settlement in the network of fjords and channels. Surrounded by steep rock walls and water it is impossible to walk more than 1.2 miles from the village without coming to a dead end. It is one of the most remote villages in Greenland and has about 150 residents. The only way in or out is by boat or by helicopter and the boats can only make it from July until late autumn. When we paused off the village shore several of the residents came out by boat to circle the ship and wave at us. Many others were watching from the rocks around the village.

We spent the day from 8 AM until 6 PM cruising slowly through these channels and fjords. At times when we were abreast of a glacier or the one village along our route we came to a full stop for short periods. The scenery throughout our passage was beautiful and we experience rain, mist, overcast, and partly cloudy skies at various times throughout the day. As we emerged on the west side the skies cleared and it was beautiful.

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