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Feb 6, 2014 - Ushuaia and the Antarctic

Friday 31 January Day 31 Glacier Alley and Ushuaia Today was a wonderful day of sightseeing as we travelled along the famous Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley, made famous by Darwin, who discovered so much on his exploration in this ship. We got up early in the attempt to see as much as we could of this scenic cruising. We could see the towering Andes towards the north. It was wonderful scenery. We enjoyed it in the Crows Nest for the remainder of the morning seeing numerous sea glaciers coming down from the mountains directly into the sea....

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Jan 21, 2014 - Antarctica - the rest 16 - 19 January

16 January - latitude 62 39' Hannah Point and Yankee Harbour A lovely sunny day for our last couple of excursions. Hannah Point on the south coast of Livingstone Island was like being in penguin world. Everywhere you looked and walked there were penguins and chicks. Both Chinstrap and Gentoo. Given the last chicks we'd seen were still small enough to be tucked safely under their parents, these ones were almost quadruple in size, as if someone had come along and watered them. Not quite fully fledged but happy to be away from parents. With...

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Jan 20, 2014 - Antarctica - 14 - 15 January

14 January - latitude 64 83' Neko Harbour and Danco Island Opted to be a land lubber today and duly layered up and got in the queue for the gangway and the zodiac cruise to Neko Harbour. Hoping to get more of a penguin fix with some time to sit and observe them. As anyone who's smelt penguin poo will testify, it has a very distinct smell and the wafts we were getting on the ship certainly held the promise of lots of penguins. Neko harbour is a huge bay surrounded by glaciers that flow down the valleys and eventually drop off into the sea....

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Jan 19, 2014 - Antarctica - the first days 12 - 13 January

12 January - latitude 65 15' Lemaire Channel - we've arrived! Finally we have made it to Antarctica. Two days on the boat eating three course meals was starting to drive one a little stir crazy. Now, we are here and have awoken to a snow covered boat steaming towards Lemaire Channel and a view of icebergs, rocky hills and low cloud. As we got closer to the channel there were snow and ice sculptures all around sitting in cold grey water. A brisk wind made being on deck feel like we'd definitely reached the Antarctic but standing on the...

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Nov 21, 2009 - They think it's Orlova, it is now

Pardon the pun but I had to use it really! We left the ship after breakfast and although I probably wouldnt have wanted to head straight back out into the Drake like all the staff had to do, I really would have loved to spend more time in Antarctica. I was also very used to the organising/eating/sleeping that was involved, and it's going to be odd to have to plan everything myself again. I said my goodbyes to friends I'd made on the ship and then was taken straight to Ushuaia airport where I flew direct to Buenos AIres. The take off was...

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Nov 20, 2009 - sleeping beauty

A very lazy day. I had quite a bad night's sleep probably because I'd slept so much during the previous day but it was still quite rocky. And yet still we are being told how amazingly lucky we are. Our trip leader has been to the Antarctic 85 times and says this is the best ever. Ok, so maybe they say that on every trip but certainly by all accounts we've got away with it in terms of the well known horrors of the Drake Passage. Breakfast and lunch servings were a bit busier but there are still people who have spent the last two days in...

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Nov 19, 2009 - Rock and roll

Back in the Drake and last night certainly felt worse than on the way out but apparently it's still pretty good for the Drake (really hate to think what normal is then!!) Breakfast was very quiet and I keep thinking how lucky I am that I'm not feeling worse as even people who've taken the stronger drugs have been suffering. The lecture programme started up again so I attended most of them today - one on the Endurance story by the historian, a bird talk all interspersed with the usual meals, games and reading. It's all very civilised and...

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Nov 18, 2009 - Breakfast in bedclothes

For reasons not really explained other than," why not", breakfast this morning was spent wearing bathrobes for many of the passengers. Quite strange but the whole trip is quite surreal so I agree, why not! We arrived at Paradise Bay which accommodates the impressive Petzval glacier and Almirante Brown base (Argentinian) where we landed. Here there were, surprise surprise, more penguins and more snow! But I am still not bored of the penguins, they really are quite fascinating to watch! We also had time for more snow sliding and I also spent...

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Nov 17, 2009 - the most southernly souvenir shop in the world...

I will spare you the details of what seemed to be at the time one of the longest night's of my life as three words sum it up - cold, uncomfortable and noisy! But amazingly i did actually feel like I'd slept at some point and felt quite awake when we got up at 5am. And I can now say I've camped in -3 degrees on Antarctica. I have to say it felt like being rescued when the zodiacs came round the corner to get us, really quite a relief to know that a hot shower was only about 15 minutes away! We had to get back to the ship and start sailing...

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Nov 16, 2009 - the 7th continent

While I have been labelling this all as Antarctica, officially today was our first continent landing. The reason we dont do more landings on ANtarctica itself is essentially because most of it is covered in so much ice that it's just not possible to get onto unless you have serious ice climbing gear and even then it's pretty dangerous. But the landing made a lot of people happy as we had onboard about 20 folk who for them, Antarctica was the jewel in their continent crown (i.e. they'd now done all 7) I am only at number 5 but hope to...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Holy talulah

Today our first landing was to Mikkelsen Harbour in Cierva Cove and once again we'd had a beautiful blue and sunny sky as an amazing backdrop. The cove was home to a large Gentoo penguin colony. Some very deep snow and I was glad I'm tall when I ended up thigh deep in it on several occasions. We are given areas not to walk on the landings but otherwise it's a free for all so you can spread out and spend the time how you want to which is great. They also do staggered landings so that you're not stuck on a small island with 100 other people...

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Nov 14, 2009 - Polar plunge

I dont think anyone minded the earlier start today as we all were so excited to get onto solid (if snow covered) ground after several days at sea, even if it was supposedly a very calm crossing. We were once again blessed with incredibly good weather - beautiful blue skys, very little wind, which are both apparently very uncommon in Antarctica so we had to make the most of it. Our first landing was at Half Moon Island and we were greeted by hoards of penguins and unfortunately that also meant their smell. None of the guide books mentioned...

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