We awoke after a fantastic crew show last night in the Ice lounge. The party went on well into the night, with everyone taking advantage of an upcoming sea day.

Several talks took place during the day. Macduff Everton gave a presentation called, “Cover Stories.” Jeff Campbell spoke on “Landscape-scale Carbon Sequestration,” and Captain Aaron Wood gave a fascinating talk about the construction of National Geographic Endurance. As I write this, we are preparing for another talk about living and working on the various United States Antarctic Program (USAP) research stations.

Late in the morning, we entered some fairly thick fog. A fog bank is often found around the convergence. This coupled with relatively light winds has scuppered my plans for getting some bird photos into the report.

Instead, I thought I would highlight some of the ship’s art. On deck 5, guests can listen to explanations of the art using headsets. My favorite piece is found midway along the corridor on deck 6. It’s a small porthole-shaped piece of glass which depicts the moonlight over the tundra. If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out! And if you are reading this after you’ve left the ship, you’ll just have to come on another expedition with us!