Antarctica – Bailey Head & Deception Island

What a fantastic day! Our morning started off at Bailey Head, home to over 100,000 pairs of Chinstrap penguins. Definitely one of the coolest places to see penguins riding the surf although the weather didn’t cooperate as it was raining heavily. While the majority of the passengers decided to head back for lunch, we opted…Continue reading Antarctica – Bailey Head & Deception Island

Antarctic Peninsula – Devil Island & Brown Bluff

Today we got to visit Devil Island (in the James Ross Island Group) and Brown Bluff (northern Antarctica). Yes…after dreaming of this moment for so long, we finally got to step foot on the continent of Antarctica!!! But first, Devil Island which is home to an adelie penguin colony (15,000 pairs). We will always remember…Continue reading Antarctic Peninsula – Devil Island & Brown Bluff

Antarctic Peninsula – Paulet Island

Paulet Island is home to a large Adelie penguin rookery (over 100,000 pairs). We spent a spectacular morning zodiac cruising around the island watching as penguins leapt off icebergs en masse. The rest of the day was on shore where we spent hours mesmerized and entertained by the adelie penguins’ antics. Interesting historical side note:…Continue reading Antarctic Peninsula – Paulet Island

South Georgia Island

Ever since we read the book “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing, we wanted to visit South Georgia Island. A quick synopsis is that in 1914, the Endurance (along with Ernest Shackleton and his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition) set sail for Antarctica. In October 1915, their ship became trapped and later crushed by ice. Surviving…Continue reading South Georgia Island