We awoke to blue skies, warm temperatures, and no wind, and this incredible weather continued for the entire day. We explored the fishing town of Petersburg by land, sea, and air. Various hikes, bikes, boats, and planes were utilized to enjoy this fabulous day as much as possible. Assembling in the lounge for recap, the ship was abuzz from our beautiful day before we descended into the crab feast as we cruised north surrounded by giant snow covered mountains.
National Geographic Quest
National Geographic Quest arose amidst light clouds within the protected waters of Ushk Bay. This area is known for a salmon stream and yields plenty of opportunity for kayaking and exploring the vast meadows of its inner waterways. On this day’s occasion, guests were able to hike and paddle their way along the coast of Ushk Bay and witness firsthand the life cycle of Pacific salmon making their way upstream. As we transited through Peril Strait, we were lucky to see humpback whales. These immense mammals were “lunge feeding” very near our ship. Being able to witness this event was unique for guests and staff. Lunge feeding is process through which individual whales push their gaping mouths through the surface and collect any fish or planktonic invertebrates in the process. Witnessing this behavior was truly a remarkable experience for all. We will cherish this moment for a lifetime.