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The Charmed Life of a Polar Cruise Pour Master: Interview with Rolando Garcia

Nobody goes to the polar regions for the drinks alone, at least that wouldn’t be our first recommendation. Still, that doesn’t mean you want...

Retracing the Steps of Antarctica’s Early Explorers

For a long time in human history, there was a belief that a large continent must lie at the southern end of the Earth to provide balance to the...

The Plentiful Polar Research Stations of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic

Numerous research stations operate throughout the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, engaged in all manner of scientific inquiry. This article will...

The Birth of Hondius: A Story in Pictures

As of the summer of 2019, our new polar vessel, m/v Hondius, will be cruising the crystalline waters of the polar regions, delivering dozens...

Top 10 Polar Research Stories of 2017

Before the first month of the new year becomes a thing of distant memory, and with it everything that happened the year before, let’s take a...

Secrets of the Snowy Owl: Habitat, Adaptations, and Other Facts

The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus), also known as the great white owl or Arctic owl, is one of the most distinctive bird species on the planet....

Narwhals: the Aquatic Unicorns of the Arctic

The narwhal is an Arctic-based whale that spends most of its life in the waters off Greenland, Svalbard, Russia, and Canada. Some estimates put...

A Travel Pro’s Take on the Arctic Cruise Experience: Interview with Mariola Burejko

We’ve heard what it’s like to cruise the polar regions from the perspective of the passengers, the guides, the captains. But what about the professionals...

The Plancius Adventure

Our days sailing towards the Falkland Islands were full of activities and wildlife sightings, including a romping group of Peale’s dolphins off...

The Ways and Wildlife of the Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea is located off the coast of Antarctica, at the very south of the Atlantic. Its geographical location is 75 degrees south and...

Visiting the Nearly Unknown: New Zealand’s Campbell Island

New Zealand is a popular destination the world over, and for good reason: It’s absolutely amazing. Almost every corner is packed with unrivaled...

Speed, Habitat, and Other Rapid-Fire Facts about Earth’s Fastest Animal: the Peregrine...

Peregrine falcons, as their English name indicates, belong to the family Falconidae and are large raptors, or birds of prey. They are roughly...

A Brief History of Antarctica in Maps

Long before human eyes ever beheld Antarctica, the ancients were convinced it existed – or at least something like it. Ptolemy, a Greco-Roman...

Antarctic Resolution

I looked at my husband and decided to tell him, “I always dreamed of going to Antarctica and seeing penguins. Lots of penguins.” It was finally...

OTL28-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

A few hours on, after crossing the Gerlache Strait we approached Cuverville Island. Conditions were good and everybody had a first close-up meeting...

OTL27-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

The Skuas were again flying around looking for any opportunity to grab a chick. Sheathbills also scooted around looking for feeding opportunities....

PLA26-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

All around us we could see the jagged peaks and islands which looked like something from a fantasy film. We were also lucky to see a group of...

OTL26-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

The day began in Antarctica! Suddenly we were in the ice; icebergs, sea ice, and the snow-covered mountains rising out of the sea like the Himalayas....

PLA25-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp

During the day we could watch numerous Cape petrels, some Black-browed albatrosses and even a Light mantled sooty albatross. Just before the...

OTL25-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

Our first day of landings dawned – many of us got up early in order to enjoy the seabirds and Ortelius’ approach to the stunning landscapes of...

PLA24-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula-Basecamp

At 17:00 we convened in the lounge on deck five to meet expedition leader Lynn Woodworth, who welcomed us on board the ship. Chief Officer Jaanus...

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