The Silver Explorer is currently passing through Drake's passage on the way to Antarctica. Drake's passage is notorious for being rough but this crossing is a 2 to 3 in terms of roughness compared to a frequent 10. In fact the crew have told us this is the calmest crossing they have had all season. Ruth and I had already noticed that all the tables and chairs in the dining room have been chained down.
Neither Ruth nor I have ever been seasick before but we do not want this trip to be the first time. We are therefore wearing anti-seasickness patches as modelled by yours truly below. Many of the other passengers are similarly marked.
The next photo shows the room where we go for lectures. There have been a number of lectures today, some on wildlife and some on the history of Antarctica. It is also possible to watch the lectures on the televisions in our cabins.
Tonight we had the Captain's cocktail party in the lecture room. Yet another drink was pressed into my hand on entering the lecture theatre.
The captain (far right) introduced himself to us and then we met some of his crew. We then proceeded to one of the two formal dinners on board ship. There is so much good food available that I am working hard to ration myself.
We have been told there is approximately a 1:1 ratio of passengers on board ship.