And this is a magnificent panorama of the timber on a nearby quay:
I had time before our departure so I went to visit the forum. However, as it turned out, I could take it easy: Captain Bob Oliver, through the ship's broadcast service, announced that due to strong crosswinds, our departure time would be extended for an unknown period of time. The channel at the exit of Port Chalmers is narrow and difficult, and cruise ships faced strong winds, so we had to wait with "Volendam".
However, at 5.30 - the scheduled departure time - a small band of bagpipe players appeared on the quay, and in spite of the strong winds, they went on to play music for the passengers.
A lot of things in Dunedin are associated with Scotland: the city, architecture, bagpipes and the national kilts...
The wait in the port due to the ship's delayed departure was filled with a dinner at the buffet - moreover, a very interesting day is waiting for us, and then the next night will begin...
"Volendam" left first, after a two-hour delay.
Then our turn came - Captain Bob Oliver announced that the delay would not affect our plans for the next day (and we planned to visit three of New Zealand's fjords) - the ship's schedule gave us plenty of time, so we could catch up.
Vessel's leaving the port is one of the highlights of any cruise. And in Port Chalmers all the more so - the channel is extremely tortuous, narrow and runs along the coast for over a dozen miles. Imagine trying this on your own!
Behind we left the expanses of the bay brightly lit by the setting sun.
The water in the bay is separated from the exit to the ocean by a narrow neck, which we are gradually approaching:
There are very beautiful sand dunes through the passage:
And here's the entrance to the sea:
Only now the small pilot boat moves away from the "
" and heads back to the port - in this port, pilotage support of the cruise ship is apparently quite reasonable.
And our ship turned around and went to toward the open expanses, gained some additional momentum, and started the 247 mile (445 kilometer) route toward the New Zealand fjords with an average speed of 17.6 knots.
Tonight we'll go around the southern tip of New Zealand and will be, respectively, at the southernmost point of the path. Here, on the 45th southern parallel, the evenings are quite bright and it's quite cool on the water. It's a pity that we won't be visiting Antarctica during this cruise! However, tomorrow we are going to visit the New Zealand fjords, the most beautiful section of the route! Therefore, unlike the two previous evenings, it doesn't hurt to go to bed early so that we can meet tomorrow's morning fully prepared.