Days 21-22 – Jan. 26-27
A gorgeous sunrise over the South Atlantic Ocean, en route to Stanley in the Falklands, was a glorious start to two relaxing days at sea. We continue to have sunny skies and calm to moderate seas – providing opportunities for fine pastimes. Humberto paid a visit to the giant chessboard by the pool while I attended watercolor classes and both of us went to a lifestyle seminar on the benefits of meditation (a guided meditation session is scheduled every morning on sea days).
We are also enjoying the varied and superb entertainment on board, where the music starts at 4:30 in the afternoon. In the early evening of the first of these two days at sea, we headed to the Crow’s Nest lounge before dinner. As we entered, The Station Band, one of the musical groups on board, was playing “On A Clear Day,” echoing the spectacular sunset views we enjoyed through panoramic windows on three sides of the lounge.
In my watercolors class.
Humberto with the giant chessboard on the Lido deck.
We picked up, during our two-day stop in Buenos Aires, an Antarctica Expedition Team including an ice pilot, who will guide us through the iceberg-filled waters of Antarctica, and new enrichment lecturers, Bob Hofman, a biologist and Antarctica expert, and Warren Salinger, an expert on South America and Antarctica. We have attended two of their talks, one on the marine life of the continent often called “The Ice” and another one about the South America Cone. These lectures will definitely enhance our upcoming three-day “Antarctica Experience” as we sail in the Antarctic Sound. And we are enjoying every minute of them.
Duffy and friend 'Ellie', the towel elephant.
Duffy, “our bear that went around the world,” is having a wonderful time too. He never gets lonely, as every evening, friends of his drop by our cabin – in the form of fanciful towel animals our stewards Sam and Tulus leave for us. We have had swans, stingrays, butterflies, snakes, snails – a whole menagerie of cute towel friends – including a darling elephant, our favorite that we named Ellie with whom Duffy posed for a picture.
Freelance travel writer Georgina Cruz and her husband Humberto are currently sailing on Amsterdam’s 112-day Grand World Voyage and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout their time on board. She has logged 174 voyages to all seven continents and visited more than 100 countries.