Thursday, 7 July 2011

Scenic Cruising in Dusky Sound

On a cruise ship in Dusky Sound, Fiordland
What a great thrill it is to visit this outstanding area of natural beauty, World Heritage Fiordland in New Zealand, on a cruise. Dusky Sound is inaccessible by road so being able to go there in a ship is extra special.
   So there I was, reclining on a steamer chair on the Promenade Deck, wrapped in a tartan blanket against the brisk, chilly wind, sipping a mug of steaming hot pea and ham soup, and watching the same untouched scenery that Captain Cook saw when he sailed into Dusky Sound in 1773.
   We spent an hour or so cruising; Captain Cook and his crew stayed here for several weeks, making repairs to his ship 'Resolution', hunting seals and birds and catching fish to give the crew fresh food.
   This photo shows the 'Volendam's' passage between Resolution Island and the mainland before we headed back out to sea, on our way north to visit Doubtful Sound.

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