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Cruising the Drake Passage - Thursday, 19 February 2015

Had a fabulous sleep last night and woke up just in time for our breakfast to be delivered.  We are both feeling a lot better today.

We all congregated at 9.30 am for a briefing on Antarctica about what to wear ashore and how to get and out of the zodiacs etc. Then we had to take any old gear that we are taking ashore, down to the decontamination point and vacuum it and sign a paper to say that all our gear is okay.  Everyone has bought new stuff so that is okay.

Baptiste brought us a couple of hot chocolates for morning tea.  They were nice but too rich.  There has been a whale sighting so we went up on deck to see.  They were a long way away, but we could see their spouts which were quite close.  The Captain changed course a bit so we could see them.  We went out on the deck to see them but the wind was freezing.

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We went for lunch today into the dining room and sat with Margaret and Gerry and Neal and Elizabeth from Jerrabomberra.  All our co-travellers from Rio came up to us to ask if we were okay, because they missed us yesterday.  That was so nice.

There is a prize for the first person to see an iceberg.  Phil just noticed one and phoned reception but someone had already spotted it.  It is on the horizon and is a long way away.

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It is our Welcome Dinner tonight and we have been invited to sit at the Captain's table.  I am sure it will be very nice.

Dinner with the Captain was lovely.  Everyone made the effort to dress up and there were 10 of us at the Captain's Table, plus the Captain.  I was sitting next to the Captain and he was very charming.  He has very good English so we chatted most of the night.  We had a four course meal and every time a dish was delivered to our table, the waiter told us what we were eating.  When it was time for the main course, ALL the waiters walked in with our meals under a silver dome and all stood behind us and unveiled the meal together.  Everyone in the dining room applauded.

When our desserts arrived, on the corner of the plate was written in  chocolate "Welcome Wendy".  A special little touch for a very special evening.

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After dinner Phil, Jeanette and I went to the theatre for a dance show.  Phil left half way through but Jeanette and I stayed to the end and the finale was the Can Can.

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Into bed as we are in the first group going ashore tomorrow  at 8.15 am.

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Posted by gaddingabout 05:45 Archived in Argentina

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