Dec 25, 2018 - National Geographic Orion
It’s Christmas! The whole ship has been alive with laughter and noise today as we celebrated. The morning was filled with a wonderful talk from Marylou on Antarctica’s incredible ice and geology. This was followed mostly by games played in the lounge. It was lovely to see a sea of Santa hats across the ship.
Around us the Drake Passage was calm, offering us a gentle ride back up to Ushuaia. Black-browed albatross, cape petrels, and fulmars spiraled around the ship, leading our way back north. Lunch was a spread of turkey and ham with all the trimmings and the dining room was festively decorated for the season. Everyone sat down to a lovely Christmas lunch. Now after ten days at sea together, we are less a group of strangers and more a party of firm friends.
After dinner, I gave a talk on the killer whales of the Southern Ocean and then, we enjoyed more Christmas food! This time a variety of festive cakes and treats. We finished up the day with a big recap, coving a range of topics from humpback whale brains, citizen science, and beautiful photography from our adventure.
Dinner was a buffet in the lounge and everyone had a chance to enjoy a Christmas evening in their own way. A lovely festive day at sea!
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