12 Things You Never Thought You’d Hear on an Expedition Cruise

February 6, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

We’ve all heard about the funny questions cruise passengers ask on big ships. “Do the crewmembers sleep on board?” Or “What time’s the midnight buffet?” And so on. But what about the more rugged types who favour small expedition ships? Let me tell you, the ask-before-you-think mentality is just the same. Here are some gems picked up on a recent expedition cruise.

12. Passenger to guide while embarking on hike from the beach: “Do I need to wear my life jacket for the walk?”
11. Passenger to naturalist guide on bird watching hike: “I can’t believe you didn’t tell us to bring our binoculars.”
10. Passenger on crowded Zodiac on leaving the ship for a hike: “Should I extend my retractable walking poles now or shall I wait till we’re ashore?” [Bear in mind that a) Retractable walking poles have a spike on the end and b) Zodiacs are inflatable]
9. Man to officer as the small ship spins gently around its anchor chain in a secluded but windy bay: “Are you deliberately making it do this? Is it to make it shake off the barnacles or something?”
8. Man to marine biologist on snorkel expedition, having surfaced and waved arm: “Hey! What’s this fish down here?” (Marine biologist, quietly, through gritted teeth, from some distance away: “There are hundreds of fish ‘down there’.”)
7. Passenger to crewmember as we head for an uninhabited island with a broad sweep of empty beach: “Will there be bathrooms when we get ashore?”
6. Passenger to crewmember on viewing a pod of hundreds of dolphins surrounding the ship: “Exactly how many are there?”
5. On leaving the ship for a donkey trek across a remote and uninhabited area: “Will I need ID for the donkey ride?”
4. Passenger to naturalist: “If we drive the ship [all 1,200 tons of it] at those three dozing sea lions floating in the water over there, will they wake up?”
3. On boarding a fishing boat to go whale watching: “How wet am I going to get?”
2. A puzzling one while on the whale watching boat: “Is the whale under the water?”
1. And perhaps my favourite, again, from passenger to hapless naturalist: “Is that the same whale we saw earlier?”
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    4 Responses to “12 Things You Never Thought You’d Hear on an Expedition Cruise”

    1. Pam
      February 6th, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

      We boarded a small ferry in Santa Magherite heading over to Portofino, we were all enjoying the magnificent views from the water when an American women exclaimed in a southern accent, “It is like we are in another part of the world!” (Sorry, not a question, but it left us with a few questions)

    2. Susan Amedo
      February 6th, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

      I was once sitting by the pool on a cruise & we were having a bit of rough weather, so the water in the pool was splashing from side to side like waves & I heard a woman in the pool say to her husband “I guess because the pool is filled with sea water we also get the waves” (she was so pleased & serious)I had to get up & walk away before I busted out laughing

    3. Paul Hinds
      February 11th, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

      While a lot of comments are similar to the one at the Gettysburg National Battlefield [“where are all the bullet holes in the monuments, didn’t the men hit behind them?]. Some, like asking the naturalist if the same whale (assuming there were multiple) surfaced at a location. On one whale watching trip in Alaska we had to float for 30+ minutes because a whale surfaced unexpectly within the 50yrd range and then TOOK A NAP on the surface.

      People are told so any things about following rules that sometimes they just do not think things through.

    4. Paul Hinds
      February 11th, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

      Too many typos I did not catch:

      That’s “Hide behind the monuments”
      That’s “people aret to so many things about following rules …”

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