Friday, 29 January 2010

A Day At Sea

How can a day be more pleasant or more relaxing than a day of scenic cruising in Antarctica on board Fram? The skies were overcast and the seas were calm.
Our day was filled with lectures about; Leopard Seals, Ice, Explorers, Penguins and Whales.
Towards the end of the first dinner sitting we witnessed one of the more dramatic wildlife displays in nature. Two pairs of humpback whales were very obviously feeding. We watched feeding lunge after feeding lunge. Each pair of Humpbacks was perfectly synchronized. Together they would rush to the surface with their enormous maws agape and at the same time roll onto their side engulfing tons of water and vast amounts of krill. We crowded the bow rails in awe. The staccato rapid-fire click of dozens of cameras filled the air, capturing this special moment forever.

The whales were not the only ones enjoying the food. One of the pleasures of exploring Antarctica and other parts of the world by ship is unequivocally the food. We are fortunate to have very talented chefs that are backed up by a large hard working team in the galley. Having worked on a large variety of ships I can attest to the fact that not all chefs on all ships produce the quality and variety of food that we enjoy on Fram. In recognition of that we would like to extend a huge thank you to the chef and his hard working crew. Our expanding waistlines are testimony to your great work!