I am travelling again, this time down to
the white continent. This is the third time that I am sailing down and like the
first time, I am very excited. This is a place that it absolutely tremendous.
One cannot imagine the vastness if one hasn’t been there.
Most of the Antarctic cruises sail from
It is just a short trip of a god day or two at sea and one is there. I am going
down from the Australia/New Zealand side. We are talking of a 6 day trip to get
to the ice, with one stop at Ushuaia, Argentina . I have already
written about Macquarie
Island Macquarie in an older post when
I did some Sub Antarctic Cruises
I am on my favourite Cruise Line, Orion Expedition Cruises. We have 99 guests on board and 79 crew and will be on the way for 18 days. We have just reached half way and are in the middle of the pack ice, a short way from the continent. We have spent the past nearly 2 days trying to find a way through it and finally, I think, we have found a way. It won’t leave us much time at the continent, but we are happy to get through. The ice this year is extremely difficult. There is just too much ice.
We had some really rough sea after leaving
on the beautiful . After
getting a bit of sunburn during loading, already the following day it was
really cold and windy. But now, there is very little wind and the sea is
completely flat while we work our way through the ice. Island
We see the occasional penguins, even Emperor Penguins and seals, but otherwise it is just ice. It is amazing to be outside, nicely wrapped in warm clothes and see the ice floating past; it has a serenity and is very humbling.
Just some useless info about
It is the Earth southernmost continent, almost entirely south of the
98% of the continent is covered with the Antarctic ice sheet, a sheet that is on average at least 1600 Meters thick (more than one mile)
The continent has 90 % of the world’s ice which means 70 % of the world’s fresh water.
If all the ice would melt, the sea level would rice by 60 meters.
There is no permanent human population, but there are anywhere from 1000 to 5000 people living on the different research stations
So what are we doing here the whole day? Cooking!!!!!! I have a great team here and we cook some really amazing food. Check out my other Blogs with the recipes, that is the food we serve here on board.