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Antarctica Christmas 2008

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Antarctica Cruise during Christmas 2008 including amazing wildlife and beautiful iceberg formations.

Antarctica Cruise during Christmas 2008 including amazing wildlife and beautiful iceberg formations.

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    • We fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina landing at this air strip
    • Our ship, the Corinthian II is waiting for us at the dock
    • Docked next to us was Mel Gibson’s Yacht
    • CORINTHIAN II December 22, 2008 – January 1, Drake Passage 2009 Elephant Isl. Clearence Isl. King Georges Isl Racon Isl. Penguin Isl. Robert Isl. Greenwich Isl. Livingston Isl. Snow Isl. Walker Bay Our route across Smith Isl. the Drake Deception Isl. D'Urville Isl. Passage and Bransfield Strait Joinville Isl. Low Isl. various stops in Dundee Isl. Antarctica Trinity Brown Bluff Isl. Paulet Isl. Vega Isl. Brabant Isl. Weddell Sea James Neumeyer Channel Ross Isl. Seymour Isl. Port Lockroy Anvers Isl. Dorian Bay Cuverville Isl. Snow Hill Isl. Pleneau Isl. Neko Harbour Paradise Bay, Larsen Ice Shelf Almirante Brown Lemaire Channel
    • Our incredible expedition staff that will take us exploring through the Antarctic
    • On the third day, we arrive at our first stop
    • Six Zodiacs are lowered into the icy waters
    • I was proud to be riding on the safest transport between the ship and each shore destination, boats manufactured by our company, Zodiac
    • Sally with a quarter million penguins
    • This “rookery” covers the entire island
    • From the seashore all the way up the hill mating pairs are nesting
    • Feeding their young
    • Skipping up the rocky hillside
    • At locations where snow is present, penguins develop a roadway between their nests and the sea
    • These roadways are complex and allow for two way traffic during the busiest times.
    • To feed, these penguins have to make their way to the sea shore and then develop the courage to swim in these dangerous waters filled with hungry seals
    • Courage to enter the water is best developed in groups
    • We saw many species of seals, mostly molting and sleeping
    • They seem so docile while resting, but these are fierce hunters that prey on the penguins
    • We celebrated Christmas with special carvings by the talented crewmembers and a delicious feast
    • Notice the wonderful lighting patterns in the ice
    • This iceberg rolled over right in front of our eyes
    • There were spectacular formations
    • It is simply impossible to describe the majesty that surrounded us in every direction. Everywhere one looks is magnificence on a scale none of us had ever seen before.
    • We were simply in awe and spent hours sitting in the middle of all this splendor
    • The weather was magnificent. We were all fortunate souls as it is not always this “perfect”
    • We saw millions of ice formations in the sea
    • Our ship had to carefully maneuver its way through ice fields
    • One day, we had a barbecue lunch on the aft deck
    • Whale skeletal remains on the beach
    • A rock shack built by 20 of Ernest Shackleton’s men to survive the bitter winter
    • There were many opportunities to climb to great heights like this volcanic island
    • And this snow and ice covered island
    • It was windy at the top
    • Conditions were ideal for sliding down these slippery slopes
    • Our Group Photo
    • We were blessed to have an extraordinary group from around the world including Russia and Singapore
    • Oh yes, where there are kids and water……………
    • The water temperature is 33 degrees Fahrenheit
    • And in some places, thermal springs to make bathing more relaxing
    • Beautiful birds were in abundance
    • A penguin kill
    • The woman to the right (with hat), was a wonderful 65 year old guest from Singapore
    • Tragically, on New Year’s Day she was found unconscious in her cabin as we docked back in Ushuaia. An ambulance took her to the hospital in a coma. She died the following evening.