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The Falklands Did Not Disappoint
An absolutely stunning day today! Due to departing Antarctica a half day early, the Expedition Leader requested permission for an additional landing in the Falklands. The landing was at Steeple Jason Island and the highlight was the largest Black Browed Albatrossnesting site in the world. Thousands of the enormous birds covered the beach and …
Jumping Into Adventure!
This is it. Our last chance to make it to the Emperor Penguin Rookery at Snow Hill. At 5:30 AM, Shane's voice wakes us with the announcement that visibility is only 100 meters and the helicopters need 300. We wait and see.
At 7:45, he comes on again. Penguin Plunge will be at 8:30 sharp! What's a Penguin Plunge? Its a jump …
Today's plan - clear weather, cruise back to Snow Hill. Foul weather, head to Brown Bluff. Poor weather has us dodging icebergs to arrive at our anchorage for another land visit. Unfortunately, the Khlebnikov has trouble getting the anchor to hold and the wind is blowing so hard that it's not safe to board the zodiacs. Thus, …
5:30 am wake up call: white out conditions prevail with 30 knot winds. No Snow Hill again this morning. Some passengers were a bit disappointed, but I'm so delighted to just be in Antarctica. I take the bad weather news as just part of the challenge and experience of visiting such an inaccessible place. Fingers are still crossed …
Thankful for Adventure
Woke to poor visibility and the 5:30 am announcement that helicopter flights to Snow Hill were delayed. An hour went by and another announcement came regarding further weather delay. Then, another announcement later in the morning that we had missed our daylight window.
No worries, however, as we backed out of the ice and headed over …
First Sighting of the Emperors
This morning I woke to ice on three sides of the ship. Being trapped with ice all around made for a wonderfully peaceful night of sleep and I felt energized all day. Weather around the ship was beautiful - sun poking through the sky and relatively warm. Unfortunately, 20 miles away, surrounding Snow Hill, was a wall of clouds that made helicopter …
Sailing Among Icebergs!
What a day! Today we entered Antarctic Sound, also known as Iceberg Alley. And what a place it is! Gigantic table icebergs float everywhere, and on smaller 'bergs Adelie penguins perch in the dozens. I've seen one seal as well and this morning a whale rose near the ship. The ice is getting thicker as we enter the Weddell Sea and the ship …
Crossing the Infamous Drake
The ship has been rocking back and forth since around 2 am this morning.
Swells look to be about 12 feet high, and the crew calls this the Drake Lake. This is versus the Drake Shake which is what I'm hoping for on the return trip. A few of my fellow travelers hope for the same, but we're
definitely in the minority. Most passengers are …
Cruising the Rhine River
Hi everyone! Me here! Day Three of my Christmas holiday mini-cruise! I have to say that for as small as this boat is - only 130 passengers max - it has to be the best cruising experience I have ever had! That big ship experience I had on my last vacation pales in comparison to the attention the crew is giving me on this trip.
Picture this... …
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