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Day 5 - December 25, 2009 - At Sea Between Flaklands And South Georgia

By Michaela Mayer, Marine Biologist

Co-ordinates: 52°30’S, 50°34’W
Weather: Wind 6 Northwest, swell 4, sunny

Merry Christmas!

Days at sea, to me, are such a pleasure, especially when the weather is as nice as today.  This morning I woke up to a sunny sky, lots of seabirds following the ship and a gentle swell rocking the ship.

After a delicious breakfast the famous Prince Albert II Crew Chorus brought us the Christmas spirit by singing carols in the Panorama Lounge. Of course I joint the chorus and sang together with friends, colleagues and guests “Silent Night” and others.

During the day we had three lectures by specialists onboard. Firstly, Franz Bairlein gave us a comprehensive lecture about the “Birds of the Voyage”. We could practise this lecture’s content during the day in reality.

Out on deck, Wandering albatrosses following the ship mesmerized us. For those lucky enough to be there at the right time, there were sightings of Black-browed albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Black-bellied storm petrel, Wilson's petrel and the Great Shearwater.

Later, Kristine Hannon shared her compositional and technical advise for landscape and wildlife photography.

During the afternoon I think nearly everyone took a nap, because as I wandered the decks, I couldn’t find a soul. No one! But by Afternoon Tea, guests had started to reappear.

I presented the final lecture of the day at 5pm, “Whales and Seals of Southern Oceans”. Plenty guests showed up in The Theatre to listen to my talk, which I really appreciated.

The Restaurant served tonight a special Christmas Dinner: 7 courses! And during the entrees the Crew chorus delighted us again by singing Christmas carols. This time most of the guests joined the singing.

I finished off the evening with a chat in the Panorama Lounge, enjoying the smooth sounds of our pianist, Lou.

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