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Sunday 23 January 2022 ~ Pontificating for Punta Arenas

Sunday 23 January 2022 ~ Pontificating for Punta Arenas

Greetings from Santiago, Chile. With the cruise industry in chaos due to Covid, we were unusually fortunate in being able to complete 4 cruises, as planned. Many companies cancelled their entire season, some cruises were abandoned on day of departure. The Ushuaia bay...

20 January 2022 ~ Catamaran tour in Beagle Channel

20 January 2022 ~ Catamaran tour in Beagle Channel

After having to rush back to Ushuaia a full day early, it appears we have had a run of good fortune. The weather in Antarctica on the day we were forced to forfeit was so windy, that safe operations were extremely unlikely. Yet the weather today in Ushuaia was almost...

Sunday 9 January 2022 ~ Day 3 on Scotia Sea to South Georgia

Sunday 9 January 2022 ~ Day 3 on Scotia Sea to South Georgia

The Captain mentioned that the sea would strengthen on day 3 of our crossing between Ushuaia and South Georgia. Indeed, it has. Powerful, deep swells thankfully running in the same direction as we are travelling. As a result the ship is very comfortable with the...

Saturday 8 January 2022 ~ Crossing the Scotia Sea

Saturday 8 January 2022 ~ Crossing the Scotia Sea

"Half the fascination an Antarctic expedition possesses in to be found in the sharpness of the contrasts experienced during its course, for it appears to be true that a hell one day is liable to make a heaven the next." - Raymond PriestlyToday has been a quiet day at...

1 January 2022 ~ Active Sound and Brown Bluff Antarctica

1 January 2022 ~ Active Sound and Brown Bluff Antarctica

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ít will be happier'." - Alfred Lord Tennyson. After the past two years for so many, I presume many are hoping for a considerably better/happier 2022.After failing twice to launch the Zodiacs yesterday...

31 December 2021 ~ Arriving at Elephant Island

31 December 2021 ~ Arriving at Elephant Island

"The New Year is a painting not yet painted. A path not yet stepped on, a wing not yet taken off! Things haven't happened as yet. Before the clock strikes 12, remember that you are blessed with the ability and choice to reshape your life."- Mehmet Murat Ildan.I was up...

29 December 2021 ~ At sea between South Georgia and Antarctica

29 December 2021 ~ At sea between South Georgia and Antarctica

"For scientific leadership give me Scott, for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton." so said Sir Raymond Priestley.I have completed my lectures...

28 December 2021 ~ St Andrews Bay, Stromness and Leith Stations

28 December 2021 ~ St Andrews Bay, Stromness and Leith Stations

"South Georgia is for those who grew up dreaming of a Garden of Eden, where you walk unharmed among abundant and fearless wildlife in a beautiful wilderness - an oasis of serenity in a world increasingly out of step with Nature." Tim and Pauline Carr, Antarctic Oasis,...

27 December 2021 ~ Maiviken, Grytviken and Fortuna Bay

27 December 2021 ~ Maiviken, Grytviken and Fortuna Bay

Ernest Shackleton maintained that superhuman effort wasn't worth a damn unless it achieved results. Mike Holdcroft always said if you push against a wall all day, and the wall doesn't move or fall over, you have achieved nothing. Surgeon Alexander Macklin's efforts...

Cruising South Georgia ~ 25 & 26 December 2021

Cruising South Georgia ~ 25 & 26 December 2021

25 December Christmas day en route to South Georgia"Christmas, a perfect time to express affection for your family, to forgive those who failed you and to forget past mistakes." - unknown writer. These words resonated powerfully with me on this 3-day crossing from...

23 December 2021 ~ In the Scotia Sea

23 December 2021 ~ In the Scotia Sea

"The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean." - Ernest Hemingway, the very man who encouraged Donald Morris to write a book about the Zulu people. The Washing of the...

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