Cruising north from Vancouver through Prince Charlotte sound was rainy and misty. The view of the Coastal Mountains and the many green islands that dot the landscape was breathtaking.
First Full Day:
Today was a day to settle into shipboard life and recover from jet lag. We took advantage of the educational programs offered on board, including:
- Basic Photography by one of Seabourn’s venture team photographers
- Part 1 of Alaska: The Last Frontier
- Team Trivia
After exploring the ship, I headed to the gym, and Bob headed to the spa for an acupuncture appointment. He had a nicer experience than me, but I had more sweat to show for my efforts.
Gary and Mary relaxed and did some reading and then had “High Tea” on the Observation Deck.
Another Great Evening Onboard:
We dined at the main restaurant, had another terrific meal, and then headed down to see the show, a magician Mark Haslam who specialized in sleight of hand. He entertained us all, having us all walking out, saying, “How did he do that?”
We are all struggling to figure out what day it is, but we are having a fabulous time. The four of us always have things to laugh and talk about together. Sea days on the cruise give us plenty of time to laugh.
The day passed quickly; we were still jetlagged and headed to bed a bit earlier than usual. I was looking forward to the following day in the Misty Fjords, where I hoped to go Kayaking.
Discovering the Queen Charlotte Sound
On our first full day, we cruised the Queen Charlotte Sound, surrounded by breathtaking views of Alaska’s natural beauty. The sound offers a unique sailing experience due to its calm waters, making it perfect for those prone to seasickness. We enjoyed seeing a lot of wildlife during your voyage. Whales, dolphins, and seals can be spotted from the ship. Enjoy the view in comfort!
As we traversed the sound, we saw various bays and inlets, including the Glacier Bay National Park. The park’s glaciers were shaped over thousands of years. Seeing them up close and you close was pretty amazing.
One of the highlights of cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound is the chance to witness the stunning Northern Lights. The natural phenomenon is a sight, with colors dancing in the sky and illuminating the water below. However, the best time to see the Northern Lights is during winter when the nights are longer and darker, so we doubt we will see them on this cruise.
Discovering Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia
Queen Charlotte Sound is a body of water located on the central coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is approximately 250 kilometers long and 80 kilometers wide, with a total area of around 21,000 square kilometers. The Sound is known for its rugged coastline, deep fjords, and abundant wildlife, including whales, dolphins, and sea otters.
It is also a popular destination for cruising and sailing due to its calm waters and stunning scenery. A lush temperate rainforest borders the sound. It is home to many First Nations communities. Each community has its own unique culture and traditions.
Queen Charlotte Sound is:
- Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including mountains, forests, and wildlife.
- A popular spot for fishing, with a variety of fish species available.
- It was named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England.
- Part of the larger Inside Passage, a scenic waterway that stretches from Washington state to Alaska.
- It is known for its calm waters, making it an ideal location for cruising.
- Known for its unpredictable weather, which can change quickly.
- Home to several small, remote communities, including Bella Bella and Klemtu.
- Also home to several First Nations communities, who have lived in the area for thousands of years.
- A popular destination for eco-tourism, with many companies offering whale-watching and other nature-based tours.
- Easily accessible by boat or floatplane from nearby cities such as Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
- A must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature, wildlife, and adventure.