Dec 22, 2019 - National Geographic Orion
Yesterday after literally and (for those who had just journeyed around the world to be here) figuratively experiencing the longest day of the year, it was exciting to wake up to views of nothing but open ocean to mark being well and truly on our way to explore the Southern Ocean. Since leaving the protected waters from Ushuaia, our sea conditions have certainly given us a taste of what this incredible body of water is famous for. Nevertheless, that didn’t make us any less grateful as the seas calmed throughout the day as we sailed with following winds and swell.
Our morning was spent meeting the expedition team, learning about our plans for the upcoming journey, as well as how to capture the trip best with photo tips from our photography team. Many took advantage of the mild conditions to practice their new skills and watch the passing giant petrels and wandering albatross from the back deck. Others enjoyed the views from the warmth of the observation lounge or familiarized themselves with the ship’s facilities, including getting ahead of the holiday feasts to come in the ship’s gym.
After preparing for our visit to the Antarctic with a decontamination party, we joined oceanographer extraordinaire, naturalist Deb Goodwin, in the lounge for a presentation about the Southern Ocean. Wrapping up our first day on board with our Captain’s Welcome cocktail party, we settled in for an evening of calm seas, eager for what tomorrow might bring once south of the Antarctic Convergence.
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