Monday, 7 November 2011

Be prepared! We ARE prepared!

As we get closer to our first destination of our cruise- the Falkland Islands, we are methodically completing all the necessary tasks to make our landings both enjoyable and safe.

This morning was Muck Boot morning and our lecturers became shoe salespersons. First some explanation, Muck Boots are very comfortable, breathable and warm rubber boots that our passengers will wear on landings ashore. Of course they come in different sizes so this morning passengers were fitted with their pair which they will keep for the entire cruise.

Also, briefings for tomorrow’s landings were given as well as specific details on our smaller tender boats called the Polar Circel boats, which we use to get to shore from the Fram, and are therefore a key part of our expedition.

Of course our lectures continued and included an on-deck workshop by Marsel and John on photographing birds in flight.

We discovered another stowaway bird today- a small finch that was very busy on deck 7 catching moths which were attracted to the lights and came on board in Buenos Aires. It turned out to be a female Ringed Warbling-Finch from South America.

The fantastic weather and calm seas that have been with us since Buenos Aires continued today, and we all hope that our amazing luck will continue!