''Explorer's Africa'' Voyage 7107 Day 2


Day 2 - March 26, 2011 - At sea

By Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Biologist

Co-ordinates: 29°22´S, 15°56´E
Weather: sunny
Air Temperature: 18 C

After the exciting one and a half days in Cape Town, the Prince Albert II was on its way to Lüderitz in Namibia, the first stop on this West African Tour. The weather was beautiful sunny and warm, not too much wind and the swell were coming from behind so the ship was gliding towards Lüderitz.

Since early morning hours our ornithologist on board, Will Wagstaff, spent hours on the outer deck looking for birds. By midday he already observed 10 different bird species. The most elusive ones were the Black browed Albatross, Shy Albatross, Greater Shearwater, White Chinned Petrel, Wilsons Petrel and Cape Gannet.

The activities for our guests started at 10 o’clock in the morning when our guest lecturer Dr. David Conrad was talking about the “Herero Uprising: German Oppression in South West Africa”. Dr. Conrad gave an interesting insight into the compelling rebellion of the Herero People against colonial rule and how ensuing consequences foreshadowed events in World War II Europe. The Theatre was nearly full and I also followed along with great interest.

Shortly before lunch, first-time guests were invited into The Theatre and I had some nice conversation with guests from the US and how excited they were about the upcoming destinations. Lunch was served in The Restaurant and was, as always, delightful – especially looking out onto the sea and the birds following the ship with such ease.

After a little break, the next presentation was on the program. This time our on board photographer Richard Sidey gave an introduction into “Photographic Basics”. He shared his immense knowledge about photography and gave technical and compositional tips for better pictures to our guests.

Recap & Briefing was earlier than normal, due to the fact that at 7 o’clock in The Theatre the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party took place. In the Recap, my colleagues Robin Aiello and Will Wagstaff spoke about the many nationalities on board and the sea birds along the Benguela Current respectively. These two recaps were followed by a movie with social insights into the matrilineal society of the people from Namibia, with a short afterwards interpretation and explanation by our anthropologists Olga Stravrakis and Dr. David Conrad. Our Expedition Leader Robin West then held a short briefing on the activities tomorrow in Lüderitz.

As I mentioned before, in the evening Captain Alexander Golubev hosted his Welcome Cocktail Party and presented some of the senior officers to our guests. Afterwards I enjoyed a delicious dinner with our guests in The Restaurant, looking forward with great excitement to the first destination of our journey: Lüderitz in Namibia.