In between moments on deck to enjoy the warmth, look for birds, and watch the flying fish, we had a full schedule.

Ricky Qi, our National Geographic photographer, began the day with a presentation about his journey along China’s Yangtze River in the footsteps of the famous poet, Li Bai. After brunch, we heard from Master Navigator Tua Pittman about traditional voyaging in modern times.

Our Head Chef Lourenco Cristovao offered galley tours to pull back the curtain on where our many delicious meals are made.

It’s lovely on sea days to find the quiet spaces on the ship and to enjoy “at home” moments when we have free time.

After teatime, our visiting scientist, Hillary Smith, gave a presentation about the coral reef surveys she is conducting. Afterward, we went into our evening routine – cocktails, recap, dinner, and bedtime.