Palms trees are a distant memory as the air temperature has dropped into the high 30s and there is a fog. We are heading for the Antarctica Peninsula. It stretches northward from the White Continent (Antarctica) like a giant finger beckoning us to come.
We have a series of hopeful spots to cruise near but there are no places where we will be able to go ashore over the next 4 days. As the captain recently said, “we are going to wing it” based on weather and icebergs. Interestingly, an iceberg captain came aboard in Buenos Aires. He spends the Antarctic summer navigating HAL cruise ships through the iceberg laden waters off the coast of Antarctica (very comforting).
Antarctica is the one place in the world that remains relatively pristine; it is the largest wilderness area on Earth. We are very excited to be visiting such a mysterious location.