Wednesday 15 May 2013

Relaxed busy day!

Today, we spend the entire day at sea. But if you think this might be boring, then you are totally mistaken! There is always something to do or to see. For example, early birds could enjoy an incredible sunrise as documented by our Chief Officer from the bridge (see photo).

For those who rather prefer a lie-in (we are on holidays!), there was chance to delay the first activities to around 10 am when we started with guided bridge visits. Captain Arild Hårvik gave detailed explanations on the equipment like the 3 compasses (two geographic, one magnetic), the radars, electronic sea charts and we also learned that steering with the Azimuth-thrusters allows a very fine and rapid-reaction navigation required for sailing in the ice. However, according to his own words, the most important instrument on the bridge is still the coffee machine!

The morning was also used by our Assistant Expedition Lead
er Friederike to give us an overview on the different excursions which we can book for our next destinations. Luckily the voyage has just started and there are still many ports ahead of us!

In the afternoon, a wonderful scent filled the ship and attracted us to the Panorama Lounge. Our bartenders Dennis, Caloy and Eric were preparing delicious fresh waffles! Afterwards we heard a lecture by Carolina. She is our specialist for history of art and fascinated us with explanations about some secret treasures to discover in Tallinn. This was later complemented by Sabine who gave a more general overview on the city, so that now we are fully prepared for tomorrow.

But before going to bed, the day’s highlight took place in the Panorama Lounge: the legendary, well-known, always popular and entertaining MS FRAM Fashion Show! With the internationally renowned high class models (who during daylight also work as expeditions staff, officer or even Captain) featuring the newest trendy bestsellers from our ship shop!