Parka exchange
First event of the day is the ever popular parka exchange
Le Boreal shop
The ship’s shop opens for business
1st iceberg
Our first iceberg is encountered much farther north than usual
Photo help
Photo coach, Richard Harker, helps the photographers get the most from their cameras
Captain’s welcome
Expedition Leader Larry Hobbs, Captain Etienne Garcia and Cruise Director Jannie Cloete welcome our guests to the Welcome Cocktail Party

December 10, 2012 – Drake Passage, on route to Antarctica

Posted on December 11th, 2012

Temperature: 42˚F (6˚C)
Wind speed: 7 knots
Cloud cover: 100%
Precipitation: none

After our first night on board ‘Le Boreal,’ we woke to calm seas. Fortunately for us, the dreaded Drake Passage had not reared its ugly head.

Yesterday as we first entered our suites, we were happy to see A&K’s signature red parkas laid out for us on our beds.  This morning our first job was to make sure they fit. Those of us who found the fit a bit small or large were able to make an exchange with the Expedition Team in the reception area of our ship. The team was efficient in getting us properly fitted — clearly they had done this before!

We spent the majority of the day enjoying truly compelling lectures from several of our on board experts, including  photo coach Richard Harker and historian Bob Burton.

In between lectures, we also had some wonderful moments on the outer decks with our expedition team. That’s where we experienced seabirds in numbers we couldn’t have imagined — Antarctic prions by the hundreds, Cape petrels close enough you felt as though you could reach out and touch. We even spotted an iceberg that dwarfed ‘Le Boreal’ as well as two sei whales. Our day was truly a start for the books.

Before dinner, we returned to the theater once more to join Captain Etienne Garcia for his Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party. The Captain introduced himself, his heads of department and welcomed us on board. He then wished us bon appétit before we made our way into La Licorne for a dinner prepared by our head chef and his team.

Full from a fantastic feast with our minds still abuzz with everything we had learned in the day’s lectures, we felt more prepared than ever before for the next day and our first glimpse of Antarctica.

– Chris Srigley, Naturalist

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