Days at sea are a wonderful opportunity to rest a little bit and observe seabirds and cetaceans. The Gulf of Biscay can be temperamental, but we were lucky to have the westerlies and a swell pushing us, making our transit to the Basque Country very pleasant.

During the day, we enjoyed different lectures given by staff, and the galley team surprised us with a very special tapas teatime! We had a visit from some common dolphins late in the afternoon. To finish a fantastic day, the Basque music group Amak played the trikitixa, a famous Basque instrument, late into the night. Good navigation, wonderful food, and an amazing music performance…life is wonderful aboard National Geographic Explorer!