- Ocean Princess
- Top of the World Cruise
- June 24 - July 13, 2010
Dover, England; Newcastle (Tyne), England; Edinburg (Rosyth) Scotland; Torshavn (Taroe Islands) Denmark; Seydisfjordur, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Prins CHRISTian Sund, Greenland; Qaqortoq, Greenland; Newfoundland (St. John) Canada; St Pierre Et Miquelon, France; New York, New York.
- (reminder - all photos can be seen larger by clicking on them. If you do, remember to click on the back button as clicking on the X will close the entire blog) I have picked this color for this blog since it is the color of the glaciers and the icebergs when seen in the water. ;)
Oh, and with icebergs, glaciers, mountaintops covered with snow and ice - you get cold. lol And Bob and I were lucky enough to find two chairs on the 5th deck with a little bit of heat blowing down on them. That became our place for the day as we spent about 10 hours going thru the Prins CHRISTian Sund channel.
After traveling for hours thru the Sund, the Greenland Ice patrol checked out the remainder of the channel to be sure we would be able to continue the coarse. If icebergs cover the exit and/or parts of the channel, we would have to turn around and go back. But the Ice patrol, traveling in a helicopter, gave us the OK to continue on.
Below photo shows our ship as the captain swung it into a 360 to give all sides of the ship a great view. Plus, we blew the horns to help a small amount of ice to cave off the glacier. It was awesome considering the small area we were in. And, as not to miss a thing, we had lunch out on the deck. Below, you can see someone took our photo with a hanging glacier on the mountain behind us. Nothing like eating burgers and fries on the deck with mountains, snow and glaciers all in site. (but eat fast - food got cold quick lol)
A very unique thing about this town was the carving on the rocks. You would find faces, fish, etc in many of the rocks all around. Very unique and neat. The people are called INVITs and definitely have a unique look. Also something I saw was the local cemetery which made me sad. I guess living in a small place hard to get to means that getting a headstone is hard to do. I saw only two in the entire cemetery. Most were just wooden crosses painted white. I am sure they still remember their dead the same as we would though. While we were there the flags were at half mast to recognize a religious figure from Greenland that passed away
After a couple days at sea, it was off to Newfoundland (St. Johns island) Canada. We got up early and watched the ship sail in. A couple of whale were spotted before we went into the bay and docked. Newfoundland seem to be a bay where the town headed uphill from the dock. And once we got off and started walking, we saw that it was much steeper than we thought. Their main street is Duckworth that has many pubs, souvenirs shops, restaurants and Internet cafes. Very nice. The streets were lines with row houses on both sides and the main town was very picturesque. We walked up to the Basilica of St. Johns and was lucky enough to go in it before they closed it off for a funeral. But since Bob needed Internet to do some work, we headed to the local "employment agency" to have a few hours of work. (a local told us. lol) We did visit many monuments they have all over town remembering the service men, firemen, police, etc. Very nice.
But I can't leave Newfoundland without mentioning the beautiful Newfoundland dog. It is hard from the photo above for you to understand how large it is. But look at his foot compared to the guy's foot next to him. And this breed has webbed feet and are known for their rescue services they provide. A beautiful breed but don't go looking for them. They must have cold weather. Matter fact, this day in Newfoundland was a heat wave and way to hot for this breed. (then again, it was way to hot for the locals causing the electric to go out all over town due to the a/c's being turned on all at the same time. lol) In the below photo you can see the cannons on Signal Hill. As we left, the locals gave us a three gun salute wishing us well and goodbye and we answered with blows from the ships horn. Very neat.
We also got to see many whales blowing their spouts in the water, flapping their flippers/fins in the water, and playing around as we sailed away. I watched out our window until the sun started going down and saw them the entire time. Very neat thing to watch.
We pulled into a fogged in St Pierre early in the next morning. From looking off the ship - you wondered what was there. We decided to pass on the pay shuttle to town and walk, not knowing what we would see. lol But, we finally made it (not a bad walk at all) Not a beautiful town but neat. It had what they called a main square that had a fountain there (it was off this day) that dated back to the 1800s. This island was used during prohibition. At that time it thrived but now it has gone back to more of a poor area. (from what we could tell). They had many monuments that were around town and we visited the Cathedral of St. Pierre. We also visited a museum and heard an amazing story about Auguste Neel who was beheaded there in the square. The gullintin used displayed in the museum. The fog lifted for short periods of time but overall, this sleepy fishing village was dead to the world. Nothing going on, no people around to be seen, very sleepy. I will say that the marina was lined with some colorful fisherman's buildings that even in the fog - stood out. And a very neat light house that helped the fisherman back to the marina.
I can only say that in 45 cruises, this was our all time favorite cruise ever. If we were to recommend a cruise to anyone - it would be this one. I know, you have to do it on a small ship but do it. It is worth everything you do to give up all the extra activites you get on bigger ships. Otherwise you are missing out on some of GODS most beautiful sites in this world. Just stunning views everywhere you go. And even though most of the cruise you have to stay up until about midnight to catch sunsets and be up just about 3 hours later for sunrises, the ones you get are stunning. Just see for youself.
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