We got the perfect xmas present this morning as humpback whales traveled beside our ship for an hour before breakfast. The ship then passed through the stunning mountains of the Lemaire Channel. We landed atPeterman Island under bright and sunny skies to see our first Adelie penguin rookery - with chicks on the nest! Cute! The skuas used ourdistracting presence to try and steal the chicks from the nest. In the afternoon, we got our first real taste of cold, snowy Antarctic weatheras we took a zodiak cruise around the Pleneau Islands to see the fantastic tabular icebergs in the area.