|Posted on August 16, 2011 at 5:40 AM|
My parents drove me to Portsmouth, where I met Jess and the two of us boarded the cruise ship which would be taking us to Santander in Spain. The waters that we would be going through are one of the richest in the world for whales and dolphins.
Going straight to our tiny cabin we folded my bed down from the ceiling and dumped down our bags - there was no room to unpack anything! Then we went to explore! The ship was nine decks high and pretty long, although it was one of the smaller cruise ships. Once we had gotten lost a little bit, but found the bars, shops and pool, we went to the top of the ship for leaving. As soon as we were off we met with the other whale and dolphin watchers and got briefed on what we could see and how to look for them most effectively. (Below, Jess and I with our badges.)
Following the leader, Richard, down into a meeting room they gave us a presentation on how to identify the species that we might be spotting, it was really useful and everyone was so friendly. So we quickly headed back to our room to get some warmer clothes, and then spent the evening on the top deck searching the seas. As it was still quite shallow only harbour porpoises were seen, and I missed them - I don't think my binoculars were good enough to see so far out. We went for dinner, which was amusing as Jess had the children's and got lots of nice toys! Then it was back to watching. The sunset was very pretty and Jess and I did a little photo-shoot in front of it before it got dark.
We went and watched a couple of songs from a live singer, but then she ended and a magic show came on. Deciding to have an hour resting while it was on (we would have to get up very early, plus it was so busy) we went and lay down. As we went back we were disappointed to see it had got even busier for the Abba concert, and we had to sit upstairs where we couldn't see the band. However, it was still fun and we ran around outside - nearly getting blown anyway! Spaces started to appear so we sat downstairs next to an old guy who was asleep! Making our way onto the dance floor for the last few songs, we then got some nice cocktails as the late night disco started. Dancing was good because I couldn't feel the ship swaying so much. After a bit more dancing we went back to our cabin at midnight excited for the next day!
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