So, our ship’s senior officers did something really cool during our trip through Prince Christian Sound.
First of all, let me start by saying that there is a small, secluded settlement in the sound called Aappilattoq. This tiny town houses a population of 130 locals and is rarely visited by outsiders on account of its remote location.
Back to the cool thing the ship did: All 900+ crewmembers’ names were put into a lottery drawing. From there, 50 names were chosen to escort ship provisions to gift to the town locals. And guess what?! My name was drawn! I was the only one from my department, and oh so thankful (not to mention a bit guilty feeling)!
When the time finally came, we loaded a ship tender with hot pizzas, beverages, supplies, and gifts, before squeezing ourselves in there. Experiencing the scenery from sea level, instead of looking down on it from several decks above, was truly mesmerizing. It put the sheer mass of the landscape into a new perspective– huge icebergs jutting up from the serene glassy waters; snow-speckled, massive mountains reaching up to the clouds. Once in a lifetime status.
When we arrived at the platform, it quickly became apparent that the tide was way out. I mean WAY WAY out. The dock was about a foot higher than the top of our boat.
Luckily, with some expert maneuvering and local guidance, we relocated to a much better location. It took about ten minutes to unload all of the supplies and by the time I got to the top, the chaos had calmed down a bit, but our arrival caused quite the melee as families battled for the ‘best’ gifts.
To be honest, it left me with a somewhat sour first impression of the experience. I was hoping for local interaction, instead, no one even spoke to us. No greeting, no tour, nothing. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful for the opportunity though. The views are outstanding, but a little more planning could have made for a truly unforgettable experience that was more positive.
We had about thirty minutes to explore, then back to the boat. As we pulled out, we hit a bit of a snag, catching one of the town’s buoy cables in our propeller. It took a while and a lot of help to break free, but we managed! And despite the slight damage, we puttered back to the ship safe and sound!