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139th Anniversary of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

139th Anniversary of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

Today marks the 139th anniversary of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, both iconic for completely different reasons. It seems a shame that this anniversary finds Rorke’s Drift completely closed down on account of violent protests and road closures. Locals are...
Across the Drake Passage and sailing the Beagle Channel

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!”...
Returning across the Drake Passage

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...
Exploring King George and Penguin Islands

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...
Charlotte Bay and Hydruga Rocks – Mikkelson Harbour

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...