- The first two days are spent crossing Drakeâ€™s passage. However, a force 10 gale set in so we sheltered for the night. This was a wise decision as two larger vessels that chose to make the crossing had to turn back. The weather cleared by the next afternoon but it was a very uncomfortable. When we arrived at the Antarctic Peninsula, we entered calmer waters and could really begin to enjoy the trip. The scenery was everything we expected and more. The sheer scale of the mountains, glaciers and icebergs was breath taking. We headed south through fantastic scenery, with one or two landings each day, before crossing the 66Â° 33â€™ Antarctic circle. We then headed north again on our way to Ushuaia via the South Shetlands stopping at various places such as Paradise bay, Port Lockroy and Verdansky Station. On the way we had glimpses of humpback whales, Minkies and Orcas along with many Albatrosses, Petrels and Skuas, Gentoos, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins. Excellent trip!The whole team was excellent. Each day we had lectures/presentations on various topics from history to science. When we departed, we were given a CD with all these along with the daily log, maps and photos of the whole trip. Excellent.
Published on: 12 March 2016