Silver Shadow sails the Pacific, bound for Victoria
The most common thread in human history is our interaction with the sea.
– Anthony Dalton, Baychimo
Silversea’s Silver Shadowwas buffeted by winds gusting up to 60 kilometres an hour and sea swells of over two metres for much of the day as she ventured into the open expanse of the Pacific Ocean en-route to our port of call in Victoria, British Columbia tomorrow.
By Noon, we had covered a total distance of 253 nautical miles since departing Prince Rupert yesterday at 5p.m., at an average speed of 14.4 knots. That leaves us with 272 nautical miles to cover before arriving at the pilot station off Victoria tomorrow morning, with an arrival time at the city’s Ogden Point Cruise Terminal scheduled for 8a.m.
During his Noon address, Silver Shadow Captain Alessandro Zanello mentioned that the seas and conditions should improve after midnight, as we enter the more sheltered waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait and leave the open Pacific behind us.
I’ve certainly been in worse seas, and Silver Shadowhandles the swells and high winds well. But there’s no denying that, after nine days of nothing but calm, some guests are feeling the effects of this ‘motion-on-the-ocean.’
I relied on two things: eating full meals, and staying away from water. Water is not your friend in rough seas. Coffee, cappuccinos, and even beer and soft drinks are better than water when the seas are rough.
We’re not the only ones having an adventuresome day at sea; at Noon, the massive Celebrity Solsticepassed us on our port side. Her bulbous bow (the blunt protrusion below the waterline in front of the bow) was completely clearing the water as she pitched forward and aft just a few kilometres away.