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Feb 6, 2013 - More Antarctica

Monday, February 04, 2013: Antarctica Today was spent cruising in several of the smaller bays and straits. We started about 7:00 AM with a pick-up at Palmer Station. We boarded several of the researchers who would be giving talks later in the morning. We then cruised Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel (until it was too iced up to proceed), and generally in the northern portion of the Antarctic Peninsula. We managed to get to about 65 degrees south latitude, or about 1400 miles north of the South Pole when we had to turn back due to too much...

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Feb 3, 2013 - Antarctica! We made it!

Well, it’s finally here, what we’ve been waiting for ever since we boarded: Superbowl Sunday! Seriously, there are a lot of people on this ship that are really keyed up about the game this evening. We are not among them. Today at about 4:00 PM we began to see the first drifting icebergs and chunk ice. We have spent most of the day listening to the Exploration Speakers telling us about the history of Antarctica, the marine life, the geology, the beauty, and all the wonderful things we came here to experience. You might think that this is...

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Feb 1, 2012 - Antarctic Experience

This is the beginning of our last day in the Antarctic. Skies continue to be overcast with an occasional break revealing blue skies and sunshine. The water is relatively calm and not an iceberg in sight. The snow clad mountains across the way are trying to shine through the low lying clouds. Deb spots what appears to be debris floating on the water like small sticks and leaves. It turns out to be a group of penguins swimming by the ship. They are fishing for their breakfast. An occasional head pops up for a gulp of air. Interesting bit of...

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Jan 19, 2010 - Antarctica

01/09/2010-Sat-final shopping and left the car in the campground and boarded the Ushuaia at 4:00pm 01/10/2010-Sun-Crossed the Drakes Passage and suffered all day with sea sickness and the swell. Although saw some great birds... 01/11/2010-Mon-Crossed over the Antarctic convergence and found smoother waters. Woke feeling better and actually slept a good night. Saw our first Ice berg and had lunch as we went between two islands to anchor and then had a shore trip to a chinstrap penguin colony. What a great day-everyone was feeling better and...

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Jan 30, 2008 - Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic

1/30 - 2/1 Although we are only seeing a small part of the Antarctic Peninsula it is certainly impressive. Our captain weaved through channels and into bays, one more beautiful than the next. We were extremely lucky with the weather, mostly clear to partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 30's. We saw a great deal of wildlife including, penguins and other birds, seals and whales. Probably the highlight is this area is the vast array of icebergs from row-boat size to over a ¼ of a mile long (looked like a perfect airport). When you...

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Dec 20, 2007 - Palmer Station, Torgersen Island and Dallman Bay

Ho hum, just another boring day in the Antarctic. We've seen newly-hatched Adelie chicks, enjoyed three separate whale sightings, and viewed an iceberg breaking in two due to nothing more than the change in balance caused when a leopard seal dove off the berg. Oh yes, and enjoyed some more gloriously sunny weather in the late afternoon/early evening. We anchored at Palmer Station last night, which means that there was zero wave movement, and also, no changing scenery to observe until the wee hours, so everyone is well rested this morning....

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