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Crossing the Circle, Antarctica 2011

My husband & I accomplished our goal of having visited all 7 continents with our Crossing the Circle cruise in March 2011. We started the trip by crossing below the Antarctic Circle, continued with zodiac cruises through iceberg graveyards, saw lots of wildlife, went camping on the ice and did a polar plunge...twice! All in all, it was the trip of a lifetime!

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Enjoying the view at Stonington Island
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April Killingsworth
We arrived in the port of Ushuaia early in the morning and were disembarked by 8:30am. We spent the day in town & at the airport saying our last goodbyes & exchanging information with the friends we …
Icebergs at Stonington Island
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April Killingsworth
We spent most of the day packing up our cabin and closing out accounts in preparation for the next day's landing & disembarkation. We were also able to tour the ship once we were in the calmer waters …
Glaciers at Stonington Island
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April Killingsworth
The trip back through the Drake was a bit rougher the second time around with waves measuring 6 meters (meaning 6 meters above the horizon line & 6 meters below, so the ship could be rising & falling …
Pack ice
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April Killingsworth
This was our last day of landings before heading back to Argentina. We landed in Whaler's Bay on Deception Island, known for massive whale slaughters in the 1900s. There were huge metal barrels …
Antarctic Circle Crossed
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April Killingsworth
We were meant to also land on Goudier Island which was right near Port Lockroy, but there were too many penguins to land the zodiacs without disturbing them. So we cruised around the island to see …
Crossing the Antarctic Circle!
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April Killingsworth
After breakfast we landed at Cuverville Island which is small & rocky and home to the largest Gentoo penguin colony in the region. Over 4800 breeding pairs of penguins! One thing you don't …
Crossing the Antarctic Circle!
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April Killingsworth
This was probably our other most favorite day... First we landed in Neko Harbour which was our first landing on the actual continent of Antarctica (as opposed to islands). HOORAY! Neko is notorious …
Crashing waves in the Drake Passage (and this was mild!)
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April Killingsworth
One of our best days! Our first outing was zodiac cruising in an iceberg graveyard in Pleneau Bay. By far one of the highlights of our entire trip. There's a place in the bay where the currents have …
Iceberg out the porthole of our cabin
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April Killingsworth
Today we were supposed to land at Detaille Island, but the seas were too rough so we were stuck on board. Still we had great iceberg viewing when we were allowed on the outside decks & we saw our …
The width of our cabin
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April Killingsworth
Typically we would have two excursions per day, one after breakfast and one after lunch. Our first landing was on Stonington Island where we were able to explore two historic huts. The first was …
Bird watching in the Drake Passage (Albatross)
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April Killingsworth
Today is the day that we cross below the Antarctic Circle! (66 degrees 33' South) We all gather on the bow of the ship for a photo and a toast of hot cocoa & rum and the captain blows the ships …
Bird watching in the Drake Passage (Albatross)
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April Killingsworth
Our second of three days at sea in through the Drake Passage. When the weather is calm we are allowed on the outer decks, but that is pretty rare on the Drake. The waves seem pretty rough, but when …
Gorgeous light as we sailed the Beagle Channel
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April Killingsworth
Our first of three days sailing the infamous Drake Passage. Thankfully, I had gotten a prescription from our doctor for the patch. I have a terrible time with motion sickness & the patch was a …
Rainbow over the Beagle Channel
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April Killingsworth
Our boarding time wasn't until 16:00 so we spent the morning of Embarkation Day touring the Terra del Fuego National Park. It was amazing to see the mountain tops of Chile from where we stood on the …

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