On the bridge wing Aston — the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica — pronounced the godmother's blessing and smashed a 'bottle' made of ice against the hull as Silversea Cruises' guests toasted with Champagne from the Zodiacs and crew cheered from the bow.
Lemaire is ringed by towering snowcapped mountains and bobbing with growlers.
Ashore, a parade of gentoo penguins marched up an impossibly steep climb.
As the sun broke out, Silver Endeavour glided silently into position, and 13 Zodiacs waltzed around in a choreographed spectacle before gathering off the port bow.
The naming party — Aston, Capt. Niklas Peterstam and emcee Peter Greenberg — stepped onto the bridge wing, their words conveyed via QuietVox headsets to guests in the Zodiacs.
Peterstam — a seasoned polar veteran — said it was rare to be able to access the narrow channel so early in the season.
And rarer still to stage such a spectacle in these surroundings.
In true Silversea style, a Zodiac circulated with Champagne to celebrate the endeavor and the purpose of it all — Silver Endeavour.
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