After the excitement of setting sail from Ushuaia last night, it was time to experience the Drake Passage, an iconic part of any Antarctic expedition. Our first full day at sea was relatively uneventful with a moderate swell. With a following wind, we observed several species of seabirds soaring and gliding at the stern of National Geographic Explorer.

Our team of naturalists shared several interesting presentations in the lounge. Guests who ventured outside spotted several species of petrels and a few species of albatrosses, including the royal albatross with its very large wingspan.

Tonight, National Geographic Explorer will cross the polar front, and we will wake up in Antarctic waters.