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Apparently, we are not the only ones who are travel enthusiasts. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, international travel was 5% … Finally! It was time to board the Sea Spirit!
We met at the park, boarded buses and were taken to the gangway.
The excited crew shuffled us along as we checked in and were taken to … This daily announcement brought pangs of jealousy to 95% of the passengers on our cruise, but for the lucky 5% who got to be a part of the special little clique than everyone else on board envied, it … I have to be honest. Antarctica never really appealed to me as a beautiful place to visit. I wanted to go there to check off my 6th continent and to see millions of penguins. Snow? … You always hear about life on the ice and the amazing experiences everyone has with the penguins and the snow. But what about life on board the ship?
I'll admit, I didn't see much of … As we made our way to Petermann Island, the rain turned to snow and it felt more like we were in Antarctica. The landing site was completely covered in penguins and we all wandered around it … You imagine snow and ice in Antarctica, especially as the winter is starting to roll back in. Rain is not what I expected, but that is exactly what we got for the next day.
We arrived at … And just like that, the first iceberg was spotted and we were in Antarctic waters!
It was much sunnier and warmer than I would have imagined! We enjoyed beautiful views on deck as we … Jan 8th Tuesday
Deception Island and Yankee Harbor
Cruised through the biggest channel during the night so Pam slept through the part that made her sick last time. Deception Island is a … Jan 7th Monday
Port Lockroy (UK) and Jougla Pt to Neko Harbor
They split our landing again, one group to Jougla Island that had Gentoos and Cormorants nesting, along with a whale … Jan 6th Sunday –
Yalour Island and Wordie House and Vernadsky (Ukrainian research center that is still operating today.) and BBQ night.
After breakfast we had a 9:00 launch to Yalour Island … Jan 5th Saturday
Fish Islands to Tuxen
We woke to a brilliantly clear morning. Today we are going around the Fish Islands on the zodiacs, they are putting the entire zodiac fleet in the water … Jan 4th Friday
Antarctic Circle and Detaille Island
We had a 7:30 wake up with the hopes of passing the Antarctic Circle in a few hours. It was super cold on deck but we all wanted to … Jan 3rd Thursday
Useful Island and Petermann Island
We had a 6:30 wake-up announcement for 7:00 breakfast and a 9 o’clock zodiac ride to Orne Island –unfortunately weather wasn’t … Jan 2nd Wednesday
Punta Arena to King George Island (Frei Station)
Woke up and started to get ready (the night before we were told to wear our snow gear). After breakfast we headed for the … Santiago to Punta Arenas
Had a 10:10 flight to Punta Arenas, the taxi driver was very happy with the non traffic. We got to the gate and noticed people lining up and thought that it was way … To discover new areas of the world and experience nature in its most primal sense is what drives me to travel. There are certain places where these experiences are like none other: the Galapagos, the … Weddell Seal, Antarctica - photo by Laurie Allread
December 3, 2011
We arrived at Macquarie Island about 7am. The sea was calm and the weather was foggy with light mist. We were met by park … photo by Laurie Allread
December 1, 2011 and December 2, 2011
The days were spent cruising north to Macquarie Island. The time was spent attending lectures, cleaning our gear for our …
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