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Archive for February, 2006

28 Feb

Force 10 gale and climbing!

Wwwwhhhhheeeeeeeeeee! The storm in the Drake Passage materialised! I am writing this standing up, legs widely spaced as I can’t sit down because the chair is likely to go flying as the ship rolls in the 5-10m waves! I have spent the last hour up on the bridge (oops, there went the keyboard in a […]

27 Feb

From Drake Lake to Drake Shake…

As I type this, the Polar Star is rolling gently from side to side, the motion just enough to throw me out of the odd step. Yet 5 hours ago, I looked over the Captain’s shoulder at a wind speed map of our route across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, and saw a […]

23 Feb

Friendly penguins

If you are a penguin fan, then the time to go to Antarctica is now – February! IAATO sets up guidelines for wildlife viewing in Antarctica which the cruise ships adhere to closely. These include getting no closer than 5m to the penguins and other wildlife. Most of the season, it is quite an easy […]

20 Feb

Exploring new ground

One of the nice things about Expedition Cruising in Antarctica is the opportunity to go to somewhere that most cruise ships don´t go. We had that chance on this trip. Unlike the last one which can largely be summed up with the word, ´rain´,  this one had a few days of exceptional weather. And it […]

16 Feb

Wet time in Antarctica!

Its been a while since I worked the second half of the Antarctic Peninsula season and I must say, this year has been very different! To me, the end of season is typified by lots of penguin guano and super friendly (ok, hungry and therefore curious) penguin chicks. This year, the poor chicks are having […]

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