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Amy Bergstraesser

Region: Antarctica

Destinations: Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: m/v Plancius

Our mother/daughter trip to Antarctica truly was one of the most unique, fantastic experiences of my life. The guides, excursions, wildlife sightings, and meals surpassed my expectations. The expedition guides, each with a disparate expertise, were eager to share their knowledge on each zodiac expedition and landing on the continent. On one particularly special experience, we were boarding a zodiac to leave a fantastic landing on one of the Orne Islands (having seen a colony of chinstrap penguins and several fur seals), and our guide Pippa spotted humpbacks in the distance. She detoured the zodiac, boating through a series of icebergs to watch a pair of mothers and babies lunge feeding. While watching, she kept a respectful distance and explained all about the feeding practice and the whales. The Expedition Leader, Iain, also went out of his way to have multiple plans for each day in case bad weather deterred us. In the end, we kayaked next to a sunken ship, mountaineered on a glacier, were playfully pecked by baby penguins (who approached us, not the other way around), hiked next to whale bones, ate tasty food by chef Charlotte, and generally had a fabulous time.

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