Bering Sea

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    • Day 199

      In the Realm of the Golden Dragon

      June 28, Bering Sea ⋅ 🌬 45 °F

      No, we are not in some little-known realm of the world.

      Rather, crossing the International Date Line (IDL) at the 180th parallel makes us members of this mysterious realm. At least, so claims the certificate delivered to our room last night. I’ll have to check if crossing the IDL in the opposite direction, and losing a day in that instance, already put us in this realm on RTW2017.

      Crossing the IDL in an easterly direction means dealing with a little weirdness. Yesterday was the 28th of June. Today is the 28th of June!!! That literally means an 8-day week for us … less the hours we’ve been giving up in order to put ourselves in the same time zone as the Aleutians … coming up in a few days’ time 🤞🏻.

      All this is thanks to the imaginary line that bisects the world into two hemispheres vertically. Obviously, whoever came up with this line concept had no adjustment of electronic devices with which to contend 🤪.

      Eagle eyes will note that the certificate does not show the latitude at which we crossed as 180 degrees. That’s because where we are, the IDL zigs and zags so as not to go through land and split countries between two different days.

      Ahhhh! The vagaries of world travel!
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    • Day 200

      At Sea

      June 29, Bering Sea ⋅ ☁️ 45 °F

      Day 5 of five days at sea.

      Fog and overcast. That’s what we woke up to once again. No rain to speak of, though, And we did see a tiny patch of blue in the sky … for about a minute or two this afternoon when the fog lifted. Now, at just past 11:00p, it is clear to the horizon … though the skies remain overcast.

      I should mention that it has been cold the entire five days we have spent at sea. And at these latitudes, it stays light outside until almost midnight and then stays dark for only a couple of hours.

      Had a very quiet day. It was my intention to just chill … no social engagements … no long meals in dining venues. Even Mui, the social butterfly in our family, joined me in this endeavor … after his morning art class.

      I did venture out briefly late in the afternoon to help answer a few FindPenguins questions for a fellow-blogger. Good thing I did. We were sitting in Baristas and I was giving her some pointers when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw through the window what looked like a whale fin. It was indeed a whale … and it surfaced a couple of times to blow before it out-paced Insignia and disappeared.

      We are in whale-country now. These waters host a variety of whales, including the bowhead, beluga, fin, gray, blue, and humpback. This animal was definitely not a beluga … wrong color. Neither the bowhead nor the gray have dorsal fins, and it seemed too small for a blue. So I’m going to go with the fin or humpback for this sightings. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of the same.
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    • Day 8

      Atka Island to Dutch Harbour

      September 20, Bering Sea ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Wir haben den Sturm gut überstanden und weiter geht’s nach Dutch Harbour… ganz schön wild draußen, zum Abend soll es noch stärker werden… es ist auf jeden Fall faszinierend, aber auf Dauer auch etwas anstrengend 😅Read more

    • Day 3

      A day at sea

      July 24, 2022, Bering Sea ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      A day at sea as we sail to our first stop at St Matthew’s Island, roughly 300 miles south west of Nome. During lunch we thought we could see St Lawrence Island on the horizon, otherwise has just been sea. Very smooth voyage so far, the sea has been totally flat although the forecast is for the wind to get up this evening and create a few waves. Otherwise some admin things to do, have collected our boots to wear when we use the small zodiac boots the use and spent time booking excursions for the days ahead. Everything is done using the Hurtigruten app, booking the excursions was reasonably straightforward, the limited spaces one initially we wanted didn’t confirm immediately, but a visit to the expedition desk quickly confirmed it. Meals is a bit variable the restaurant booking confirms, but some have disappeared from our bookings list! We now always make a manual note of our reservation time. The last 2 photos were taken from the cabin balcony, the first was taken at midnight the second at 06:00 in the morningRead more

    • Day 161

      Aomori, Japan

      June 23, Bering Sea ⋅ 🌬 43 °F

      Since we have been in Aomori before, we decided to venture a little further from the city.
      Interesting fact- the area gets more snow then any place on earth.
      Today we walked to the train station, took the train to a Mather town (about 45min on the train) Hirosaki and then taxi to Hirosaki castle, build in 1611 and park.

      The surrounding Hirosaki Park around the castle grounds is one of Japan's most famous cherry blossom spots. Unfortunately, it’s not the season for cherry blossom. Still the park is beautiful!

      After few hours in the park, we took a long walk back to the train satiation and then back to the ship.

      At 6:00pm we met with our friends, Frank and Delak and took a taxi to a local Onsen for a hot baths experience,
      After soaking in multiple baths, we had a nice dinner in a tiny restaurant.
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    • Day 162

      Hakodate, Japan

      June 24, Bering Sea ⋅ ☁️ 45 °F

      We have been in Hakodate in 2019, so we decided to take it easy today. Especially after long day yesterday.
      The Harbor of Hakodate was one of the first to be opened to foreign trade in 1854 after Japan era of isolation came to an end. As a result many traders from China, Russia and Westerners moved to Hakodate.
      Our destination for today was
      Goryōkaku, literally, "five-point fort". The fortress was completed in 1866. It was the main fortress of the short-lived Republic of Ezo.
      Today, Goryōkaku is a park declared as a Special Historical Site, being a part of the Hakodate city museum and a citizens' favorite spot for cherry-blossom viewing in spring. We were lucky to see it in 2019.
      We also visited art museum.
      We extended our day by walking all the way to the port.
      Near the port, a wonderful fish market. By now we were too tired to find a place to eat at the market, so back on the ship for late lunch.
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    • Day 17

      Unalaska Bay

      August 24, 2019, Bering Sea ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      We leave the protected waters of Unalaska and head for the Bering Sea. There are heaps of humpback and grey whales around just rolling along with their calves. A couple of tail flaps, a breach or two and lots of spouting.....not quick enough to get great photos. The coastline remains rugged and volcanic.Read more

    • Day 18

      Domain of the Golden Dragon Ceremony

      August 25, 2019, Bering Sea ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      This ceremony was held exactly 12 hours before we cross the International Dateline and officially lose a day. Tonight we go to bed on Sunday and wake up on Tuesday. The Captain, Anders Steen, read a proclamation and 4 of the officers jumped into the pool in full uniform. Guests were daubed in a yellow spot (we passed on that).Read more

    • Day 20

      Crossing the International Dateline

      August 27, 2019, Bering Sea ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

      Our second full sea day and crossing the Dateline, we lost 26 August. Sea Day Trivia was really hard today but we managed to be near the top. The lectures and entertainment onboard have been excellent.Read more

    • Day 5

      At sea - Alaska is somwhere over there!

      July 26, 2022, Bering Sea ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Travelling at around 12 knots, roughly south east to the Aleutian Islands where we well spend most of the voyage stopping off at various towns, we have signed up for more zodiac trips and the trip upriver to the Tonga’s National Forest where we have managed to get ourselves one of the few spaces available in the Anan Wildlife Observatory, so think only 1 day when we don,t have an activity before the final dash down the inside passage to return to Vancouver. Today I’m sat in the Explorer lounge on deck 10 ( deck 11 is open air with the jogging track and jacuzzis) watching an unchanging landscape, (first picture if I get the load order right). Did see some lights of another ship passing in the distance from our cabin in the early hours of this morning, ( only time it gets dark, sunset here is between midnight and 1am in morning, then sunrise is between 5 and 6 am in the morning, so we have between 20 and 18 hours of daylight.
      Otherwise a few more pictures from St. Matthew.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Bering Sea, Behring, Behring Sea, Behrings Sea, Beringovo More, Kamchatka, Kamchatka Sea, Берингове море, Берингово море

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