For us it’s unlucky postcard number 13 because shortly after 8:30pm the captain made an announcement over the public address that due to adverse weather conditions we would no longer be stopping at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
Pip enjoyed being out on the balcony with her Go Pro making a time lapse video of the stormy seas.
It’s very disappointing not to be going especially because it was the one stop that we had booked an excursion where we could have walked with the penguins. We should have been going to Volunteer Point where we would have seen King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins all on the same beach. So instead we have another sea day and no replacement port which I have to say is rather difficult to understand as we were due to be in port 12 hours and now we arrive at Montevideo 2 hours earlier. Where did the other 10 hours go? What difference will arriving at 6:00 make to our plans? There has been no mention of recompense for missing a port but I would like to think that there will be. The money is already in my account for the missed port of Puerto Madryn which I wouldn’t have known about unless I’d checked our account on line.
So we are on a 14 night cruise and to date after 10 nights have only visited just the single port.
Last night the weather conditions were none too clever, the wind was really blowing and the seas very wobbly indeed. The ship which was listing and rocking was practically deserted, we sat down in one of the bars until gone 11:00 before deciding to try and get some sleep.
This morning the seas had calmed but we were still feeling the ship move, the atmosphere onboard felt a little subdued and we overheard some fellow passengers in the Elite breakfast voicing their displeasure about the missing hours so it would appear we are not alone in our thoughts.
We have done very little today apart from breakfast, 12 laps of the open decks followed by some lunch. We had clear skies in the afternoon so we wrapped up and found some beds out on the pool deck.
Hopefully the winds will eventually ease over the next few days and we might get to lie out in the sun properly.