Category Archives: Antarctica, 2018/2019

January 6, 2019, Sunday. Beagle Channel/Ushuaia

The seas have calmed and we enjoy the final day of our expedition.  Following breakfast, we pass Cape Horn,  a point of historical events since so many found rounding its treacherous waters to be a dangerous experience. We have some … Continue reading

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January 5, 2019. Saturday. Drake Shake

We wake up this morning to rocking and rolling on our way across Drake’s Passage. Few people appeared for breakfast and those who braved the dining room needed to hold on to railings in order to pull themselves along.

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January 4, 2019. Friday, Deception Island/Prat Base

The weather is spitting snow and gray. We reach Deception Island at the mouth of the caldera (formed by explosive volcano) at 8:30 AM. The 3 mile entrance is “deceptive” since there is less than a mile of navigable water … Continue reading

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January 3, 2019. Thur.Snow Hill Island/Devil Island

We are now in the Waddell Sea above 65”S.  Partly cloudy with sun pushing through.  Beautiful bay with backdrop of volcanic mountains.  We are the first visitors for the season as December 2017 was the last group able to navigate … Continue reading

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January 2, 2019. Tues. Antarctic Sound/Paulet Island & Tay Point

We cruised up to the tip of the Trinity Peninsula, through the Antarctic Strait to Paulet Island. This is more like the Antarctic experience: cold, windy, and snowing. Can’t wait to get off off the ship! Jon had a little … Continue reading

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January 1, 2019. Mon. Flanders Bay

The new year starts a little slower after the late night celebration. We pull into Flanders Bay, Etienne Fjord. Alongside us is the sister ship, the Orion. We are going to spend the morning on the fast ice. Upon embarking … Continue reading

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December 31, 2018. Monday. Portal Point/Useful Island/Lemaire Channel

It is a calm morning on Portal Point, Charlotte Bay fjord. On this peninsula we were rewarded for our hiking with incredible views of glaciated mountains. A zodiac trip introduced us to the humpback whale and more seals. We cruise … Continue reading

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December 30, 2018. Halfmoon Island

While enjoying lunch on the uppper deck, we spot our first iceberg. We are cruising in the South Shetland Islands, off the Bransfield Strait. First landing on our trip is on Halfmoon Island. The lonely structures are the remnants of … Continue reading

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December 29, 2018. Saturday, Drake Passage

The sounds of rain wake us at 5:30 and the sun is bright since a 4 AM sunrise. We enjoy the rare phenomena of the “Drake Lake”, a calm crossing for this historical turbulent waters. We spend the day becoming … Continue reading

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December 28, 2018. Friday. BA to Ushuaia

Early 5 AM, we wake up to a quick breakfast and bus trip to the domestic airport for our flight down the coast to Ushuaia. The weather was mild and sunny on the way down until we reach our destination. … Continue reading

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