Morning comes very early as we have been traveling east since Ushuaia. It is mostly overcast with a following sea providing us with a remarkably calm ride. However, there is enough wind to encourage the seabirds, particularly the great albatrosses: wandering, royal, sooty, and light-mantled. The birds surge and swirl about National Geographic Explorer, their dance exotic; it is an exciting portent of things yet to come.

A day of travel, of preparation and anticipation. Slow travel is often the best. It helps to nurture a growing relationship between you and your dreams. Today there are lectures, break-out workshops on cameras and photography, time to observe birds and the occasional marine mammals, as well as great meals. South Georgia Island and Antarctica are next!