Nary An Iceberg

This cruise is called The Voyage of the Vikings, and as we travel we are learning all about Viking exploits in the region. A frequent theme is how they discovered new lands by being blown off course, and so bad weather should come as no surprise to us. Still, after missing our stop in Labrador because of fog and ice, we were all saddened to learn that we’d also be missing our only visit to Greenland on the eastbound part of this itinerary, because of terrible weather. Our captain called us together for a No No Nanortalik talk, and told us about 100 knot winds and 16 meter wave crests, after which I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a person on board who didn’t heave a sigh of relief to know that we’d be trying to outrun the storm by heading directly for Reykjavik.

Although we did have the kind of rough seas last night that had us weaving down the ship’s long corridors, we were fortunate in that sighs were the only thing we heaved, and this morning, the captain charmingly informed us that the “seas lay down” in the night, just as we had.

Yesterday, though, all the doors to the outside decks were locked because of wind and waves, so I thought I’d show you some of what one can do indoors on the Maasdam.

We spend a lot of time in the lovely dining room,

but although of course many more casual dining venues abound.

When you can’t work off your meals by walking the decks, which is my favorite form of shipboard exercise, you can go to the gym,

or play cards, for minimal exertion.

When the seas

and the pool are sloshing, many choose (naming no names)

to get sloshed.

There’s shopping for some,

duty-free stocking up for others. For us, there have been lots of truly excellent lectures, films, a couple of good live music shows, Scrabble, reading, and meeting all sorts of interesting people.

And of course, finding a lovely spot to look out at the fog and the sea is always in order, perchance to dream of blue skies. The weather in Iceland, alas, is predicted to be fairly crummy, so perhaps my next post will give you ideas for how to spend a rainy Icelandic day. Or maybe, just maybe, that storm will find some other Vikings to blow off course and give us a little reprieve.

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3 Comments on “Nary An Iceberg”


  1. I have never cruised, more than a few days with a friend on his sailing boat, but I come from Guernsey in the Channel Isles, and the way there used to be by a couple of old “Mail Boats”. In bad weather the bow would often point to where you would rather see the sun, then crash down ond point too far down for comfort. The sea would come over the bow and soak anybody foolhardy enough to be outside. Holding on to one’s stomach contents became an art. Later a more modern boat came into use. It had a beautiful window in the front of the superstructure covering two decks which caved in at the first real storm. Now, both modern boats have steel plates where the windows were, and you can still see where they are welded in. I still love boats though, and go out at any opportunity.

  2. Helen Says:

    Dear Abra, Shel,
    Was thinking of you when driving to work this morning, so when I got in office checked my archives and found you! Please get in touch quick. Send me your contact … like to hear you:)! With lots of love, Helen, Geneva

  3. Barbara Says:

    Last year on the Amsterdam to Alaska I loved watching the swimming pools literally “explode” from the rough seas vibrating the hulls. The teenagers were ecstatic! Elevators clanging with sick bags tucked discreetly into every niche possible in the halls. We saw icebergs but at a safe distance as another ship had been hit the day before by the wash from pieces breaking off glaciers, causing several injuries on the deck. Never a dull moment aboard Holland-America.


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