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PLA35-18, trip log, Atlantic Odyssey 2018

As the day wore on, weather conditions deteriorated. The wind piped up to about 35-40 knots, still from the north, and the sea assumed a more...

PLA31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage

This morning we woke to our first sunrise over Antarctic waters as we continued our journey across the Drake Passage. Having crossed the Antarctic...

OTL32-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula: Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery & Whale Watching

For those of us who made our way outside in the course of the morning, there were Wandering Albatrosses to be spotted soaring around the ship....

PLA30-18, trip log, Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula

Today we felt the exquisite new feeling of accomplishment, achievement, and long harboured dream for many of us as we stood upon the Antarctic...

OTL31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

As we had crossed the Antarctic Convergence, it was no wonder that the first big birds were spotted sailing around the ship. Is it an Albatross?...

PLA29-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

We returned to the ship for a quick lunch while Plancius sailed to our next landing site at Grave Cove. Commersons dolphins came alongside...

OTL30-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

We awoke to calm seas under an overcast sky. The Drake and it’s swell borne maladies are a thing of memory as the voyage to Antarctica ends and...

PLA28-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

A day of true expedition cruising, where Plan A becomes Plan B becomes Plan C. And on Plancius, it turns out Plan C is A-OK. We woke up to...

OTL29-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Almost immediately, we encountered a few curious Cobb´s Wren along with Striated Caracaras, two bird species only found on a handful of islands...

PLA27-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Plancius anchored off the western end of the bay and almost immediately an expeditionary zodiac went ashore to assess the situation; however...

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...

PLA23-17, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Many were up bright and early to witness the captain’s navigation of Woolly Gut, a narrow passage through the small islands en-route to our morning’s...

OTL24-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands

Early morning during windy and overcast conditions Ortelius motored towards the planned landing site at Cuverville. Unfortunately an inspection...

OTL23a-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

After a rough Drake Passage experience, the second night on board the Ortelius was less bumpy than ex-pected. Lynn’s lovely voice announced the...

PLA22-17, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Our plan was to land at Steeple Jason this morning. However, during the early watch this morning it soon became apparent that the swell was simply...

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