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Antarctica XXI Fly/Cruise on Ocean Nova

We flew across the Drake Passage from Rio Gallegos, Argentina to King George Island on an Argentine Air Force C-130 and cruised on the Ocean Nova for 4 days before flying back to Punta Arenas, Chile.The weather could not be any better! With temperatures in the mid-40s, we often dropped our jackets on the rocks near the beach and hiked up to see the penguin colonies. We were often 10 to 100 feet from a large group of penguins. Some were still building their nests stealing rocks from each other. Some had eggs they were protecting. We even got to see some mating activity! At other landings we could see penguin chicks being fed. The icebergs near Spert island and sunset in the Lemaire Channel were awesome. To top it all we had 2 landings on the Antartic continent. Highly recommend this expedition!

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Gentoo Penguins on Ardley Island
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Dileep Bhandarkar
Our flight landed a few minutes late at LAX. We had a long walk (seemed like a mile) to Terminal 6 where Alaska Airlines is located. After a 15 minute wait in the MVP Gold Priority check in line, we …
Gentoo Penguins on Ardley Island
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Dileep Bhandarkar
Our flight from Punta Arenas departed just after midnight. The final adventure had begun. We picked up our luggage after the flight landed at 3:30 am and went up to the 3rd floor to find the LAN …
Leaving Punta Arenas
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Dileep Bhandarkar
On waking up at the usual 7 am we were told that the flight from Punta Arenas had not departed and they were in standby mode. We would probably not leave until some time after lunch. We were give …
Sara Braun Municipal Cemetery
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Dileep Bhandarkar
We cruised in to Maxwell Bay in the morning. The weather looked clear, but as we closer the fog set in. Antarctica did not want us to leave! Weather was not good and the incoming flight was delayed. …
Sara Braun Municipal Cemetery
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Dileep Bhandarkar
Once again, we heard Mariano wake us up at 7:30 in morning to get ready to enjoy what we thought would be our last whole day of excursions. After breakfast, we landed on Mikkelsen Harbour …
Punta Arenas Dock
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Dileep Bhandarkar
We did not go to Paradise Bay, but Neko Harbour was outstanding! It was our second Antarctic peninsula landing of the cruise. Neko Harbour video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0IN4vM2LHM Today, we …
Sea in Punta Arenas as seen from Dreams Hotel
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Dileep Bhandarkar
Our day started with a 7 am wake up call and 7:30 breakfast. Today was an exciting day in Antarctica! We started with a talk about penguins by Andre, followed by our first continental landing at …
Church in Punta Arenas
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Dileep Bhandarkar
At the 7 am breakfast, we were informed that we would head out to the airport at 8 am for a 9 am departure! We were relieved to see the C-130 provided by Argentina Linea Aerea del Estado (LADE) ready …
Punta Arenas City from viewpoint
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Dileep Bhandarkar
After breakfast, many of us went on a 3 hour city tour visiting the buildings around Plaza de Armas, the Sara Braun City Cemetery, and Maggiorino Borgatello Museum. We returned to the hotel around …
Punta Arenas Cathedral
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Dileep Bhandarkar
After more than 24 hours travel from Seattle and 3 flight changes in San Francisco, Lima, and Santiago we arrived in Punta Arenas around 2 pm. The Antarctica XXI staff was waiting for us in baggage …
Old Hotel in Punta Arenas
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Dileep Bhandarkar
It all started with the 4 am alarm and we were ready by 5 am for the taxi to show up for the half hour trip to SEATAC airport. The flight out seemed to be on time. What a relief! But after checking …

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