2009 World Cruise. We had a day at sea between Acupulco and Los Cabos. A lot of people don’t like the days at sea, but John and I do. They give us time to relax, read, send emails, upload photos, do laundry and walk the deck. Port days are wonderful because we are stopping in places we have never been, and seeing interesting and varied things in each port. But, port days are busy days. Tours often leave a 7 or 8 or 8:30 and take up most of the day. Often we return to the ship in time to change for dinner and then we go to the show before hitting the bed for the night. I love it all. But, we don’t complain about sea days. When the official part of the World Cruise begins after we leave Los Angeles we will have several sea days in a row quite often as we sail the long distances around the globe. We had short port-day in Los Cabos, which was a tender port as there is no docking facilities for a cruise ship. There were some very photogenic pelicans sitting on the wharf pillars as we waited for our tour.
We went whale-watching in a tall ship. Whale watching is something we have done a few times now and we generally see flukes or tails off in the distance. There are international restrictions on how close you can get to the whales. Apparently these rules do not apply to many of the small boat charters in Mexico. While our guide/marine biologist was explaining about the whales, their breeding, migration routes, etc. – and keeping the minimum distance away from the whales – the little boats were getting VERY close to some of the giants; sometimes as close as 20 feet. I, personally, would be nervous to go that close to a swimming whale!
There was a pod of about 8 whales at the end of the bay, rolling and diving. No breeches though. Good thing too, with the little boats so close. Whenever a whale would surface all the little boats would gun their motors to move as fast as possible to get as close as possible before the whale disappeared again. Craziness. I learned later that there is a registry of whale tails. Biologists track whales on their annual migrations. Whales have distinctive tails based on bumps, dips, and scars. You can upload any clear photos of a whale’s tail to the site and it helps the researches know which whales are where on what days. I have never done it but it is a neat idea.
Los Cabos sits at the tip of the 1,000 mile long Baja Calfornia peninnsula. Jutting out into the bay is a rock formation known as El Arco (the Arch). These rocks, geologist say, are the result of violent seismic activity that split the Baja from the mainland. The sandy beach at El Arco is a favourite place to stroll and sunbathe. There is a large herd of sea lions that rest on the rocks near the beach – and they smell. Really. Bad. You can quickly tell if you are seeing a seal or a sea lion: seals have no recognizable ‘ears’, whereas sea lions have a flap at the outside of the ear. Seals tend to be solitary, silent and spend little time on land. Sea lions are very social and gather in large groups – sometimes as many as 1,500 strong – and they never shut up. Sea lions can rotate their hind flipper and use it to push themselves up and over rocks so they are the ones you will see catching some rays quite a distance from the water.A para-glider was getting really good photos of the whales from his perch in the sky.
As the ship sailed back to the dock we saw a large sting ray leap out of the water several times. John managed to get a good photo of it. The marine biologist told us they have no idea why the rays do this. It was a very awesome and unique experience and a wonderful cap on a wonderful day.
Los Cabos is the final port-of-call on the 14-day Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles cruise. We completed our cruise with the 5 km Walk for Breast Cancer around the promenade deck. I am glad we added this trip onto the World Cruise. My CDO (like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be) is happier, we got to sail through the Panama, which we had never done, and we visited some very interesting places along the way.We dock in Los Angeles in the morning and have to get off the ship and go through US Immigration before we can get back on. The adventure continues….