Day 9 |
May 11, 2011

At Sea en route to St Malo

By Claudia Holgate, Climatologist

Co-ordinates: 49º 01’ N, 03º 34’ W
Weather: Sunny and warm, to partially cloudy
Air Temperature: 13C
Wind speed 24 km/h North Easterly
Pressure 1022 hPa

Today was the last sea day of this cruise and in usual Silver Explorer style the day was full of activities. As it was a sea day we could sleep in a bit and have a leisurely breakfast before our first scheduled activity, which was a mandatory Zodiac briefing by our Expedition Leader, Hans-Peter. Guernsey is the one port on this itinerary where we will need to make use of the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs to take guests ashore and thus it is important that everyone knows how to get onto and off the boats and how to wear life jackets. The weather and sea conditions are predicted to be perfect for Zodiac operations, so we are all holding our thumbs that the weather remains good.

At 11:14 our pastry chef Jose, gave a cooking demonstration, which is always a hit with our guests and Jose is an incredible pastry chef, continually coming up with magical desserts. And before long we were heading back to The Restaurant for a magnificent lunch, with the galley team really doing a fantastic job.

I gave a lecture at 2:30pm on climate change – the global carbon experiment. I had had a number of questions and discussions about climate change on this cruise thus far, and this lecture was an opportunity to explain all the concepts that are difficult at the dinner table. The feedback I received from guests was very encouraging and the lecture seemed to be very well received.

4pm and it is tea time in the Panorama Lounge. This being a sea day, it meant is was also another team trivia day and the teams were ready to get going. I was impressed by the turnout to team trivia, where the Panorama Lounge was nearly full with guests eagerly debating the different questions. As has become custom, Team Orange won for the third time in a row with 16 out of 20 correct. Close on their heels were the Coffin Dodgers and the imaginatively named Staff Team with 15 out of 20.

Without too much time to relax, everyone met up in The Theatre again for Recap & Briefing at 5pm where I spoke on the weather patterns in Western Europe, Imogen gave a fascinating insight into the sculpture on Adams House that we saw yesterday, Ray spoke on Richard the Lionheart and Lucy showed us some Celtic artifacts and explained their significance. This was of course followed by Hans-Peter explaining what we are to do in St Malo tomorrow and our tour options for Guernsey the following day.

Today was one of the opportunities to dress up for our Venetian Society Dinner, and those guests who had travelled with Silverseas before were invited to the Venetian Society cocktail party, before the very delicious dinner in The Restaurant. Thus, the day ended as all good sea days on the Silver Explorer, with an after dinner drink in the Panorama Lounge listening to Alfredo playing the piano.