|Unexpected sight cruising by our site at 8am
We hadn't been awake very long when we noticed this cruise ship slipping by, on its way to Parry Sound we assumed. We looked up the ship, the Viking Polaris. Here's a link to the ship and cruises: Viking Polaris.
You'll see from the information it's considered a small cruiser, with "only" 378 guests and 256 crew. This is a newer Adventure cruise ship, and it offers several different tours, including the Great Lakes versions. The link shows tour prices and info. Be prepared for a bit of sticker shock at the prices. C'mon lottery win!
After packing up we headed in to Parry Sound, partly to see if the ship did stop there. Yes it did:
|Anchored in the Sound
The ship is too large to dock right at the Parry Sound docks, so passengers are ferried back and forth via a couple of tenders, they look like they could double as lifeboats:
Heading over to the main town docks, we were able to see a tender close up:
Because the cruise is International (US and Canada) the dock is controlled access, similar to Charlottetown PEI but on a much smaller scale:
|See the Security Guard at the left? "Hi" security!
Just across from the cruise passenger dock is a company offering local air tours:
We briefly considered taking a flight but didn't try. Flights range from 25 minutes at $142 per person plus tax and tip, to an hour-long flight for $240 pp+. Pricey but appealing.
There are other attractions in the dock area too, like boat tours on the Island Queen which we took and enjoyed a few years ago:
|Tour plane taxiing in
Then we cruised homeward on this beautiful fall day, with a few stops along the way. A short but very enjoyable trip.