Antarctica


The Drake Passage: Taking seasick prevention pills and putting on a patch.
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 …
The waters were finally calm enough for the kayakers! Go team Kayak!
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 …
Stunning views at Pleneau Island
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? …
My brother collected an iceberg while on his tour of Pleneau Island
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 …
Gentoo penguin on Petermann Island
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 …
Experience some rough seas that prevented landings so we whale watched from the ship
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 …
Barrientos Island
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 …
Friendly Sloth
Your friends will be happy this holiday!   Apparently, we are not the only ones who are travel enthusiasts.  According to the UN World Tourism Organization, international travel was 5% …
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 …
Lemaire Channel
Untouched. Vast. Remote. Antarctica is a place to be removed from life's routines, breathe in clarity, and realize how very small we are in the world.  Here are some of Don Mankin's …
http://youtu.be/IQjUD7kASDk The polar plunge (or penguin plunge) has become a right of passage for many adventure travelers who take an Antarctica cruise. You can find plungers taking the leap from …
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 …
Leopard seal, showin' some teeth!
Nancy Golden wins our Trip Journal Contest for her submission: Antarctica, the Falklands, and South Georgia Once again our annual Trip Journal Contest has come to an end and I am happy to announce …
Antarctic Dream
Gifting Travel: Is an Antarctica cruise on your holiday gift-list? Since October I've received at least a hundred newsletters highlighting great travel deals, flight discounts and specials …
Sweepstakes is now closed. Stay tuned as we announce the lucky winner! It's not easy to get to one of the most isolated places on the planet -- but we're making it easier than ever to make an …
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 …
Views from the Kapitan Khlebnikov
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 …