The various Antarctic scientific stations and historic sites added a good variety to our trip. For some fellow travelers these landings provided rare shopping opportunities. Notable side-note: The store in the American Palmer Station only accepts credit cards for payment. No cash accepted. When we visited the British Port Lockroy Station later on the journey, they would only accept cash. No credit cards were accepted.
As much as interaction with the human species of Antarctica was quite exciting, those events seemed to be also a welcomed event for the scientists based in these stations. We were met by everyone in a very welcoming way and many of the academics were keen on explaining both the infrastructure and the scientific projects they were working on. By the sheer size and number of residents, Palmer Station obviously was in a position to deal comfortably with the number of visitors from our ship. Shortly after we arrived ashore, we were met by tour guides (scientists), who would show us around the station in groups of roughly fifteen people. Everything was well organized and we finished the tour in a small cafeteria where the stations cooks prepared coffee and cookies.