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12/20/2008

At Sea

We awoke this morning to brilliant blue skies and rolling seas. Many were out on deck early, eager for their first glimpse of the albatrosses and other seabirds zooming around the ship. Several of the giant 12-foot wingspan wandering albatrosses soared with the Minerva throughout the day.

Our day began with breakfast and then the opportunity to exchange our complimentary parkas for better fitting ones and to borrow boots if we had not brought our own.

Our first enrichment lecture of the voyage was Dr. Patricia Silva's presentation on the seabirds of the Southern Ocean. Patricia highlighted some of the species that we were to be looking out for and illustrated her talk with some fantastic slides.

It was a very relaxed afternoon as many of us enjoyed the “down” time to catch up on our reading or have a short nap. The last presentation of the day was by Expedition Leader Lou Sanson gave a briefing about the guidelines for using our zodiacs.

Then there was just enough time to change into our finery for Captain Moulds' Welcome Cocktail Party. The Master of the Minerva formally welcomed us aboard and introduced us to his Senior Officers. We all had a very enjoyable evening that was rounded off by a superb gala dinner.


   

Passengers took advantage of calm seas and blue skies to spend time on the pool deck watching the sea birds following the ship.

Naturalist Simon Morley excitedly shares his knowledge with passengers.

Geologist Daria Nikitina enjoys a laugh with passengers during the Captain's Welcome cocktail party.

Captain John Moulds charms the passengers with humorous stories at his cocktail party.


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