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Rob Caskie


Story Teller  • Keynote Speaker  • Cultural Guide

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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Christmas Day Salpetriere Bay and Port Charcot

In 1908 Shackleton wrote “Some bergs had been weathered into fantastic shapes…Beautiful as this scene was, it gave rise to anxiety…for if we were caught in a breeze against this maze, it would go hard on us.” Icebergs move by way of current,...

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Cuverville Island and Paradise Bay

Many guests left their curtains open last evening (far less chance of bird strikes here than South Georgia) to enjoy the constantly falling snow. Snow has not stopped falling since we arrived at Whaler’s Bay yesterday, and what an incredible experience to see...

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Cruising towards Antarctica

Sir Raymond Priestley wrote “For scientific discovery give me Scott; For speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.” I used these words, amongst others,...

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