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3 Drake - An Albatross & Caped Petrels. It was amazing the...

3 Drake - An Albatross as he was making one of his...

3 Drake - Discover a new species and you get to name...

3 Drake - Caped Petrel. These little fellas were amazing darting in...

3 Drake - The bow deck of the Multanovskiy showing the bridge.

3 Drake - The captain of the Multanovskiy surveying the Southern Ocean...

3 Drake - As we entered Antarctic water we started seeing the...

3 Drake - Incredible looking clouds

3 Drake - Sighting Elephant Island

3 Drake - There was deftly silence and excitement at the first...

3 Drake - Elephant Island

3 Drake - Land ho!!

3 Drake - Approaching Elephant Island

3 Drake - Heidi and roommate Dave getting his hair done. Mate...

3 Drake - As we enter Antarctic waters the concentrationof sea ice...


Day 2 and 3 – Rocking and a rolling with Drake

The day started of a little earlier than planned as I find myself grabbing for anything solid to stop myself from being flung feet first through the porthole courtesy of my Drake Passage 5am wake up call. Sleeping wasn’t easy at all as the swells intensified and come breakfast time numbers were half as The Drake had taken its first victims. Lunch and dinner were an interesting affair as everyone adopted various different methods to keep food on the plate my personal favourite was the 'eat and dash' technique which involved eating as much as you can before the nausea became overwhelming at which point a quick dash to the cabin was in order to lie flat on your back in bed until the nausea subsided, the process was then repeated.

Crossing the Drake was very memorable too for the multitude of magnificent seabirds that accompanied us along our journey. Aided by lectures from Argentinean Juan or expedition ornithologist we all became avid bird watchers and I was so excited to spot the prize which was the wandering Albatross a bird with a gigantic wingspan that just glides majestically across the skies

. Seriously though ornithology has got its plus points I mean what other profession are you allowed to wonder around with powerful binoculars looking for Blue-eyed Shags, stare at Tits and talk about Boobies all day without any aggravation of face slapping?? Juan did come up with the best quote of the day when we had our first onboard introduction meeting and he said with typical Argentinean bravado ”My name is Juan and I’m going to be doing the birds on this trip.” - I can truly say that I haven’t as yet met a shy Argentinean guy; they’re definitely not shy in being forward.

As we approach the peninsula the scenery changes from just cruising along open water without anything but birds to keep you company to having to dodge small bergy bits and growlers then bigger tabular icebergs

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Before dinner everyone was on the bridge or braving the biting wind on the bow as our first view of the White Continent came courtesy of Elephant Island everyone is still on deck into the wee hours of the morning as the sea starts to fill with bigger and bigger icebergs and more islands of the Antarctic Peninsula come into view. The night when we arrived at the peninsula we had to take evasive action to dodge an iceberg that measured 50 by 10…that’s miles!! Arriving at the peninsula and the ocean is now full of sea ice which the Multanovskiy being an ice class vessel just rams to the annoyance of the few penguins that had just been lounging on that particular piece of real-estate. We had officially entered Antarctic waters when we crossed the latitude of 60 degress south, even this was discernable by the sudden drop in temperature and the abundance of daylight (it never really got dark from here).

The scenery is absolutely out of this world – a perfect term for describing Antarctica because its serene beauty is like nothing I’ve every seen or experienced before. Its also absolutely breathtaking and that’s nothing to do with the fact that the temperature just dropped below zero.



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