NZ Fjordlands (Milford, Doubtful, & Dusky Sounds)

Fjordlands Travel Blog

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Liz & Lori on the top deck as we pass thru the fjordlands.

By 7:30 this morning we were approaching the first of three sounds … I think they told us that they would be more rightly called fjords (formed by glaciers). The weather for the first one was really bad … raining, big swells, and winds blowing from 55 to 65 knots. The pilot that they brought on board to help with this navigation and our captain agreed that it was not worth the risk to try to navigate this fjord. This was a real disappointment because Milford Sound was supposed to be the most spectacular. After about another 2 hours we were into better weather and were able to pass through the remaining two fjords. There were beautiful steep, green mountains in them whose declines plummeted into the passages we were in. It was misty and a bit foggy, but that all added to the mystique and beauty of the event.

After the sounds we headed back out into open ocean and began our eastward direction around the bottom of the lower island. We should be in Dunedin tomorrow.

Remember Cliff (“Cleo”) from the beginning of the trip? Well, he and his friend, Gary, have become friends with us throughout this past week. They’re both from Alabama. We run into them at a lot of our onboard functions (they’ve begun sitting at our evening dinner table, as we had two open spots, anyways), and they’re Mimi’s smoking break partners. Nice guys.

One other small item to report … in the Battle of the Sexes trivia game that we play on sea days, the ladies fell behind yesterday, but have now pulled back to 3 points ahead of the men. Yay! Our final game for that will be on our last “sea” day … April 11th (?) when we pass by (but not port) the Volcanic White Mountain.

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Liz & Lori on the top deck as we p…
Liz & Lori on the top deck as we …
Fjordlands
photo by: lmirawatt