Today we arose to calm seas here in the South Pacific. It was a beautiful day for cruising the remote Pacific Ocean, or Te Moana Nui a Kiva, as Polynesians know it. Today was a true day of rest here on National Geographic Orion. Our guests enjoyed the amenities of the ship as they relaxed and listened to our world-renowned field staff and guest speakers. 

In the morning, we had a truly eye-opening presentation from guest speaker Richard Vevers entitled, “Transforming Our View of the Ocean.” This was followed by our National Geographic expert, who gave a presentation on what it is like to be on assignment for National Geographic.

After the Mexican lunch buffet, those who were able to stay awake were treated to a galley tour. This immersive experience allowed guests to experience what life is like working as part of the galley team.

We were also lucky enough to have two more presentations during the afternoon, including tips and tricks on how to get the most out of iPhone photography followed by a helpful fish identification lesson from our undersea specialist.

A gourmet dinner was followed by a dessert buffet in the lounge. The buffet included popcorn because it was movie night. All got to enjoy Moana with some special interpretation on the movie’s cultural accuracy.