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Jan 4, 2011 - Lemaire Channel

I am still in awe of the beauty, immensity, stillness, colors of the sky, ocean and snow. We were very blessed to travel to this magical place. Many times I thought of Brodie and Isaiah, my dearest grandchildren and how much they would have enjoyed the adventure that is Antarctica. Both of them love animals and are very knowledgeable of their habitat and lives. Several times during the trip, Elizabeth, Carey, Allen and I hugged (group hug) out of joy and wonder about this wonderful place. Happy new year to all. With love, Lidia

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Mar 14, 2010 - Neko Harbour; Lemaire Channel

The Antarctic Peninsular is spectacular! The Polar Pioneer quietly gliding past icebergs and tall mountains experiencing a magical stillness. It is late in the season and the water has much brash ice in it. When the boat is anchored the ice really gathers around it. There was a professional photographer on board, Richard Green and I am including 3 of his shots. I think the pictures will tell the story!

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Jan 28, 2010 - still Drakes Passage

The doc came to see me yesterday evening and gave me suppositories and fruit for my sickness! Apparently only 10 people made it to dinner out of all the passengers yesterday. I am determined to get up today and move about as we should be moving into Antarctic waters today. Success! I managed to attend the lectures given all day on board. i have finally found my sea legs. the doc was amazed as he had recommended that I didn't move around the boat, but I was so bored and missing out I had to give it a go. more people had supper today and I am...

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June's Sabbatical

Dec 5, 2009 - Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island, Pleneau Bay

Today Captain Nickolay did some tight navigating. We headed through the Lemaire Channel which is 7-miles long and sometimes only a half-mile wide. It was our first up-close look at the continent as well. The Lemaire Channel crosses between the continent and Booth Island. It was fascinating to watch the ship navigate through the icy channel. As we approached it looked like there was no way through, but we managed. The continent and Booth Is. both had steep, icy cliff edges. The glaciers pushed from the interior right to the edge of the sea....

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Dec 31, 2007 - Le Maire Channel

Early this morning we were making our way through the Le Maire channel, but had to turn back, because there was too much ice in the channel. Holly and I were able to spot some whales and birds out our window before we actually managed to get our behinds out of bed. We let ourselves sleep in a bit since we knew we'd be up late for New Year's Eve tonight. (The rest of the day is under the next entry)

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Antarctica 2008

Dec 4, 2007 - Pushing for the Antarctic Circle

The plan for today was to spend the morning journeying further south and then after lunch to go for a zodiac cruise and have a further landing later in the evening. However as is the way in this unpredictable environment things did not go quite to plan. The day began with us journeying very slowly through an enormous ice field. The skies were grey and the light was flat with low lying cloud over the mountains on our port side so that they only partially revealed their jagged splendour, covered in thick blankets of snow, blue glaciers...

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Jan 12, 2006 - Days 65-73: Antarctica

Antarctica, the vast, white continent far south on our planet has a peninsula, the tip of which is only about 1000 km from the southern tip of South America (click the Antartic Peninsula map on our main page for details!). During summertime, the pack ice here clears sufficiently to enable ships to cruise to the peninsula and some of the surrounding islands. We HAD to go there! On Jan 3, full of expectations, 79 excited passengers boarded the MV Andrea, which reassuringly is registered in Liberia, owned by a Croatian, mastered by a Croatian...

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Jan 2, 2006 - Antarctica - 65º 11'S / 64º 09'W - Temp -1ºC (21:00hrs)

Don awoke us this morning with promises of snow and spectacular scenery from the bridge and his by now famous saying 'We are in whale territory!' - we weren't disappointed. As we sailed down the Lemaire Channel we spotted several Minke Whales and the odd seal lounging on the many icebergs floating by. Polar Pioneer anchored just outside 'Iceberg Alley', and in our kayaks we paddled around a graveyard of freaky bergs melting away their final years. We could hear Minke whales blowing in the distance and on the millpond water, we paddled...

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Loges' Go Global

Mar 3, 2005 - Antarctica

I will not attempt to describe what I saw in Antarctica as the hundreds of photos I took will speak for themselves (once I have them up here, hopefully within the next few days), but in summary: AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, SURREAL. I was sharing my cabin with two other girls: Heather from Toronto, and Doris, a German woman currently living in Las Vegas. We all got along very well. It was worth crossing the Drake passage (two days each way in rough seas and a lot of motion sickness) to see this amazing icy wilderness with mountains covered with snow...

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