The golden sun sparkling on the rolling sea, the salty wind kissing my cheeks, and a massive gray whale skimming through the water before diving down below — for years I had dreamed of beholding this blue ballet up close from a whale watching boat. Alas, what I had also imagined was spending the entire tour turning sickly green and vomiting in front of strangers. At forty years old, my seafaring fantasy finally turned into a barf-free reality. Here are five tips to help you enjoy the beautiful beasts of the deep without feeding every fish in the sea.
If you are looking for good-value cruising in one of the most magical places in Europe, you’ll not find a more rewarding experience than an eight-day excursion on the Rhine River. It is a comfortable way to see the spectacular European countryside without having to “go it alone.” And, with multiple stops along the way, optional excursions are available to see the thatch-roofed villages of the Black Forest, sample local cuisine, or meander the cobbled streets on your own.
“Slap it, baby, slap it!” The captain turns the ship around to optimize views and turns off the motor. Two whales create breach-and-dive theater for 28 minutes, with squeals from passengers almost as loud as the barking sea lions witnessed yesterday. There’s no need to take separate excursions. This entire nine-day cruise serves as a wildlife watching and glacier viewing expedition. No schedule prevents us from staying for as long as the whales continue their performance, and the size of our ship is conducive to discovering wildlife in places that larger ships can’t access. The chef will adjust. Dinner will be delayed tonight to accommodate this unscheduled pre-dinner show.