Dec 12, 2017 - Harmony V
After many busy days of people-to-people visits and exploration of various aspects of Cuban life, history and landscape, we all welcomed a relaxing day at sea as Harmony V cruised westward along the southern edge of the Cannareos Archipelago. The archipelago is a long series of low-lying reefs, cays and islands with Cayo Largo at the east end and our destination of Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) dominating the west. Many of us out on deck in the morning saw the lines of distant palm trees on the horizon – the only indication that there was land off to the north.
Temperatures were ideal in the mid 70s with gentle sunshine and a following breeze, and it was a very pleasant day to catch up on some welcome rest and relaxation, sorting photographs, and presentations and recaps from the expedition staff. National Geographic archaeologist and cultural expert Fabio Amador gave a presentation on shipwrecks and archaeology of Cuba. National Geographic certified photographic instructor Jeff Litton gave an introduction to photographic techniques, followed by a hands-on workshop. Naturalist and marine biologist Berit Solstad gave a talk on the oceanography of Cuba.
Not to be outdone, the Harmony V staff took the opportunity to showcase their best with a beautiful set-menu lunch that required an afternoon siesta, fresh-baked pastries at afternoon tea by the ship’s pastry chef, and a “Fisherman’s Catch” seafood buffet dinner. Sitting at anchor in the calm protection of Siguanea Bay on the west of Isla de la Juventud, our Cuban guide Edgar gave the peoples’ perspective on a variety of aspects of our voyage so far, and shared his excitement for his first-ever visit to the remote Isla de la Juventud tomorrow.
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