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PLA32-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp

Our first day in Antarctica starts early. We get a morning call by Iain already at 6:30 a.m. We get dressed and head out to see our first de

OTL28-20, trip log, Ross Sea Odyssey

Highlights for two or three lucky zodiacs were a fluffy Light-mantled sooty albatross chick on a nest right at the edge of the island; and a

HDS31-20, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, Antarctica

The weather was blustery and bright. Rays of warm sun broke through the clouds but were punctuated by frequent squalls, rushing down from th

PLA31-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp

The duty-free port flourishes with tourism but also thrives on a sizeable crab fishery and a burgeoning electronics industry. Ushuaia (liter

PLA30-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Polar Circle

After 2 days in the Drake Passage, we got a lovely morning call early by Ali: "Good morning, the ship is surrounded by humpback whales!" Sl

HDS30-20, trip log, Antarctica - Learning and Discovery

The afternoon provided us all with the opportunity to finally stretch our legs at Port Charcot, the sight of the 1903-1905 overwintering Fre

HDS29-20, trip log, Antarctica - Learning and Discovery Trip

Our first morning in the famous Drake Passage. For some it felt like the swell had woken them up like a baby in a cradle. However, there wer

PLA29-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula Explorer’s Voyage

Before dinner everyone got together in the lounge for our daily recap, the moment to explain more in depth about relevant topics, as well as

OTL27-20, trip log, Ross Sea Odyssey

The expedition to the Ross Sea had begun in earnest and at 6pm Captain Ernesto, came to the bar for a welcoming toast to the passengers and

PLA28-20, trip log, Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

The hike continued along a small path around the bay where we discovered even more species of birds. And when we finally arrived at the sett

HDS27a-20, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

After a delicious breakfast from our galley team, we gathered in the lounge to hear Mieke tell us about the different species of Penguin tha

PLA27-20, trip log, Antarctica Peninsula and South Shetlands Islands

In the afternoon we landed at Danco Island just like this morning a beautiful place again with many penguin and Skua looking to take advanta

PLA26-20, trip log, Antarctic Basecamp

In preparation for Antarctica we filed into the lounge to learn about environmental awareness and correct behavior in Antarctica - no food a

HDS26-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

At lunch, we saw the Shetland Islands slowly approaching in the distance and by 2 pm we were deep in Nelson’s Straight en route to Robert Is

OTL25-20, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula

After enjoying the buffet breakfast, many of us wrapped up warm and went outside to watch the seabirds – which are in their element. Specifi

PLA25-19, trip log, Antarctic Basecamp

We spent days dreaming about our voyage to come, hours shopping, reading, preparing logistics, excitedly chatting with family, friends, coll

HDS25-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

After a good breakfast, we all gathered in the lounge to attend our first day of lectures to prepare us for what we would see in the forthco

HDS24-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

At Recap John used maps to tell us how human knowledge of the unknown lands of the south had unfolded, Vide reviewed the whales we had seen

HDS23-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

We landed and cruised at Useful Island. The name derives from the whaling days when it was used as a lookout. We climbed to the top to look

PLA24-19, trip log, Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

Just as Ali was about to start her presentation about the Falkland Islands, a call came over the radio that a pod of Orcas had been spotted,

PLA23-19, trip log, Antarctic Explorer's Voyage

Our expedition leader Ali woke us at 0730, but many of us were already outside on deck to see if we could spot any sea birds. The sun was sh

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