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01/15/2009

At sea

The gentle seas we experienced as we left the Beagle Channel and entered the South Atlantic allowed us to get a good night’s sleep last night. We awoke to a sunny, warm day with enough of a breeze blowing to keep the albatross and petrels soaring around the Minerva.

After breakfast, we had the opportunity to get outfitted with boots and parkas for our upcoming expedition. Trying on all of our warm gear really drives home the fact that we are heading to the coldest continent in the world!

During the morning, Patricia gave a lecture on what seabirds we might see in the southern ocean followed later by Richard’s lecture on photography in Antarctica. We found both lectures to be very relevant because for most of the day the ship was surrounded by Giant Petrels, Wandering and Black Browed Albatrosses and Antarctic Prions.

We had a relaxed afternoon in which many of us took time to catch up on sleep or enjoy the sun on deck. The last presentation of the day was an overview of the expedition with our leader Suzana Mahado D’Oliveira Harker that included a briefing on our day in Port Stanley for tomorrow. It was with great anticipation that we put on our best finery for Captain Giovanni Biasutti’s welcome onboard cocktail party and dinner. The Master of the Minerva formally welcomed us and introduced us to his senior officers. We raised a toast to good weather for the trip and then headed off for a gala dinner.
 

   

This morning as usual the Staff was ready to assist with Parka exchange...

As well as providing rubber boots for those in need for the upcoming expedition.

One of the morning's activities was the first presentation by our onboard photo coach, Richard Harker.

This afternoon the staff and some guests took advantage of the nice breezy weather to do some birdwatching from the pool deck.

In the evening, as is customary, the Captain welcomed everyone onboard and introduced his senior officers.


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