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01 12.21.13 Crew Welfare chart
Classic Antarctica

December 21, 2013 – Drake Passage and Beagle Channel

The weather continued gray and the sea was still fairly calm as the lecture program continued with Marine Biologist Jim McClintock’s talk entitled, “Drug Discoveries in Antarctic Seas.” Jim went into detail about the chemical defenses that many marine organisms use against their predators and how some of these chemicals have properties that may [...]

01 12.20.13 Dr Jim McClintock
Classic Antarctica

December 20, 2013 – Crossing the Drake Passage

According to Captain Garcia, nothing would slow our progress across the Drake Passage until we got into the lee of land in the Beagle Channel. In reality, though, he could not resist slowing down for a good view of seven fin whales that passed close by, their tall blows showing rainbow colors in the [...]

01 12.19.13 Almirante Brown Station
Classic Antarctica

December 19, 2013 – Paradise Harbour, Brown Station and Melchior Islands

In the early morning, ‘Le Boreal’ entered Paradise Harbour, one of the most visually stunning regions of the Antarctic Peninsula, and anchored off the Argentine Brown Station (formerly Almirante Brown), named for an Irishman who established the Argentine Navy. A short Zodiac ride brought us to the cluster of orange buildings. Though it was now [...]

01 12.18.13 Lemaire Channel
Classic Antarctica

December 18, 2013 – Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island and Port Circumcision

To demonstrate that this is an expedition rather than a standard cruise, today had its share of uncertainty and changing plans. Under gray overcast skies and with little wind, ‘Le Boreal made a slow, weaving passage through 5/10ths pack ice, a measurement that suggests approximately 50% of the surface area was covered in ice. [...]

01 12.17.13 Cuverville Island
Classic Antarctica

December 17, 2013 – Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour

It was another bright day as ‘Le Boreal’ steamed south down the Antarctic Peninsula whose icy mountains could be seen off the port side. The sea was pleasantly calm and the air, without any wind and under bright sunshine, amazingly warm. Captain Garcia took ‘Le Boreal’ into the very scenic Errera Channel en route to [...]

01 12.16.13 Brilliantly beautiful day at Half Moon Is!
Classic Antarctica

December 16, 2013 – Half Moon Island and Deception Island

What an amazing morning! The sun was shining from a blue sky and there was scarcely a breath of wind as we went ashore on Half Moon Island, a small island nestled within Moon Bay of Livingston Island, all of which are part of the South Shetland Islands. A short trudge up a compacted path [...]

01 12.15.13 Fat Leopard Seal
Classic Antarctica

December 15, 2013 – Antarctic Sound and Brown Bluff

The weather seemed to turn a corner today and we welcomed patches of blue sky and intervals of sunshine. Small icebergs were scattered over the sea and Cape petrels glided up and down the sides of ‘Le Boreal,’ riding the waves of a chilly breeze. The air temperature was about 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Soon [...]

01 12.14.13 Birds in Tuxedos lecture
Classic Antarctica

December 14, 2013 – South Shetland Islands and the Chinese Antarctic Great Wall Station

This morning revealed falling snow, and just enough for a few snowball fights before breakfast. The South Shetland Islands — ice-clad Nelson Island and Robert Island — appeared out of the gloom by mid-morning, marking our first glimpse of Antarctica. A layer of low cloud obscured the mountain peaks but the glaciers could be [...]

01 12.13.13 Boot & Parka exchange
Classic Antarctica

December 13, 2013 – At Sea – Drake Passage, En Route to Antarctica

As the knowledgeable, but rather pessimistic, members of the Expedition Staff predicted, ‘Le Boreal’ did roll a bit after we came out from the Beagle Channel into the open sea of the Drake Passage, but this was in the early hours when we were safely tucked up in bed. The most common problem was [...]

01 01 12.12.13 Ushuaia dock
Classic Antarctica

December 12, 2013 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Our arrival in Argentina at the port of Ushuaia — the “City at the End of the World” — marked the start of our exciting journey south. Located on the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is home to approximately 45,000 inhabitants and, although growing rapidly, has still managed to maintain its frontier-town atmosphere. [...]

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