Day 8 |
Sep 28, 2009

At Sea

By Juan Carlos Restrepo, Geologist

Co-ordinates: 09º 48.8’ N, 080º 47.7’ W

Weather: Overcast

Air Temperature: 30ºC

Sea Temperature: 29ºC

Pressure: 1007

Wind: Light breeze from the NW blowing at 5 knots and a moderate swell

Today I enjoyed a day at sea as the Prince Albert II sailed from Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, to the San Blas Islands, Panama. I personally enjoy the relaxed holiday-like atmosphere of days at sea.  Nonetheless I am not on holiday and today I was happy to have my first opportunity to lecture on this voyage. At 10 am, after a nice breakfast, I presented my lecture “Earth - What Lies Below?” In this lecture I introduced some basic concepts and terminology needed to understand the geological features of the places that we will explore.  

At 11:15 our executive Chef Lionel and head sommelier Karolina presented a food and wine-pairing seminar.  Lunch followed and at 14h00 our onboard Marine Biologist Robin Aiello talked about marine invertebrates on her lecture “What’s That?”

The weather was a bit gray today, with very limited wildlife and a swell that although moderate was felt by many.  It was a good day for lectures and relaxation. 

At 15h15 Hans-Peter, our resident Botanist presented “Green Hell – Lost Paradise”. In this informative lecture Hans-Peter gave an insight into the fascinating world of the tropical rainforest.

The afternoon went on and at 17h30 the Expedition Team invited everybody to The Theatre for a recap on the events of yesterday in Puerto Limon and the plans for San Blas Islands tomorrow.

At 18h30 a cocktail party for the Venetian Society Members was offered, the top cruisers for this voyage were mentioned and two of our guests who reached their 500 days sailing with Silversea received their Diamond Pin. After the cocktail party we enjoyed the delicious Venetian Society dinner.