Sailing to Bear Island aboard Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer sails across the Norwegian Sea for Bear Island today! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Friday, July 3, 2015
Today is an entire day at sea here onboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we make our way to Bear Island, our first “port” of call on this 10-night voyage to the Far Arctic and the Svalbard Archipelago.
I love sea days, particularly on expedition cruises. They’re a great chance to rest up and charge your batteries, recover from jetlag, and prepare for the adventure ahead. It also gives you a great chance to get to know your ship – and provides me with an excellent excuse to blather on non-stop about it!

Ahh...the beauty of the day at sea. Temperatures today hovered around 8C / 46F. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Ahh…the beauty of the day at sea. Temperatures today hovered around 8C / 46F. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Of course, expedition cruises are all about making your own fun on sea days. Maybe you retreat to your suite, as numerous guests did, to read a book or browse the movies on the interactive video-on-demand system that provides hundreds of new releases, classics and documentaries free of charge.
More than a few guests also took their fun outside, cozying up under steamer blankets in deck chairs with a good book and a glass of wine. Personally, I decided to eat lunch outdoors at The Grill on Deck 6 aft to enjoy the brisk weather and a quick meal – though lunch is, of course, always served in The Restaurant on Deck 4.

Why let the cold stop you? Take lunch outside at...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Why let the cold stop you? Take lunch outside at…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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