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Rob Caskie


Story Teller  • Keynote Speaker  • Cultural Guide

Across the Drake Passage and sailing the Beagle Channel

Andrew Denton wrote “If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart, Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on Earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it!”...

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Returning across the Drake Passage

“And now to conclude. Is it worth doing? Ask any member of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and you will receive the reply – Yes, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Would you go again? Rather, such is the call of the...

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Exploring King George and Penguin Islands

Early this morning we anchored at King George Island in the South Shetlands. The island is roughly 43 miles long and 16 miles wide at its broadest. Named by a British Expedition under Edward Bransfield in 1820 for King George of England. Less than 10% of the island is...

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Charlotte Bay and Hydruga Rocks – Mikkelson Harbour

Le Lyrial sailed the Lemaire Channel late last evening, in perfect conditions, and sunset the jewel marking day’s end after midnight. In awesome wonder guests lined the decks and public areas incredulous at the scenery sliding by. High mountains and glaciers...

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Cruising Cuverville Neko Harbour Errera and Lemaire Channels

“Tongue and pen fail in attempting to describe the magic..” so wrote Ernest Shackleton. Indeed our activities today, in glorious weather, have presented scenes beyond description. These are the sort of days operators in Antarctica dream of, the sort of...

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Halfmoon and Deception Islands

“We will open the book, its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. This book is called Opportunity, and its opening chapter is New Year’s Day.” Edith Pierce. Some of our guests partied the night away, retiring between 3 and 5...

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Antarctica Sound – New Year’s Eve

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can....

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Approaching South Shetland Islands

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving…we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” Oliver Wendell Holmes....

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Heading south on the Drake Passage

“The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind him and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean.” Ernest Hemingway. We have done likewise, after rebunkering last evening in Puerto Williams, we have left...

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Embarkation in Ushuaia

The country and geography certainly changes markedly as one flies south from Buenos Aires, to Ushuaia, a frontier town in southern Patagonia on the Beagle Channel. Amongst the passengers on the flight, one could sense the excitement of people about to travel to...

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Cruising the Drake Passage and sailing the Beagle Channel

“If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on Earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it!”  Andrew Denton....

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Crossing the Drake Passage

After dinner last night, in the spectacular Neumayer Channel, Larry Hobbs announced over the PA system that Orcas had been spotted near the Melchior Islands. Guests streamed out onto the decks as these gorgeous creatures moved all about the ship, their power quite...

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