The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 18 – Christmas onboard

Posted by Carol - 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all and 2014 bring peace, health and happiness to the world

If we were dreaming of a white Christmas our dream came true this morning, it was white, white, white, like a gigantic pavlova, breathtakingly beautiful. The wind is strong about 40-50 knots  with an occasional curious and  brave penguin sliding around on the ice, we are all inside warm and dry

I did miss Nikki this morning

“Good morning everyone it is now ten to eight and breakfast will be served in the port dining room at 8 o’clock, enjoy”

Why? Today was brunch at 10 so everyone slept in some not even making the brunch after a big Christmas eve of carols and merriment.

Following lunch Dr Andrew took a group Christmas photo on the bow, followed by a movie The Imaginarium of Dr Parnasus, followed by a huge afternoon tea in the bar.  Including the arrival of Santa from the north pole

Yes it has been a relaxing day of eating and now drinking.

We had commenced the return journey to Macquarie Island somewhat slower than the southbound trip, the truth is we have travelled only 2 nautical miles in 3 days and we are going no further as the wind blows and the snow falls. Who needs rough seas to eat our Christmas dinner?

Speaking of more meals, Christmas Dinner was amazing, the room and the tables decorated with red cloths, bon bons, Christmas napkins and candy canes. The food; a true traditional fare plus extras. Chefs Nikki and Brad and the Russian girls Tatiana and Talya turned the dinning room into a 5 star restaurant, with bar Nikki and Paramedic Ben serving the wine, great company considering we only met in Invercargill a little over two weeks ago.  A night and a wonderful journey to remember.