Starting and ending in Ushuaia (Argentina), ships bound for the Antarctic Peninsula have to cross the dreaded Drake Passage, a trip which is roughly 900 km long. “Rough” would actually be an understatement on a ship rolling about 20° to 30° for two consecutive days. This passage is considered one of the roughest seas in the world. Many people on board were seasick and stayed in their cabins. Not many passengers would show up for the scheduled meals.
The tour guides on board consisted of biologists, geologists and other scientific staff who held lectures between the trips. Despite my low expectations, we encountered a surprisingly big variety of wildlife during this journey, of which the biologist kept a public record on the ships whiteboard.
It is a well known fact, that most of the iceberg’s volume lies beneath the water. Expressions, such as “I can only see the tip of the iceberg” underline the fact, that most of the iceberg body is hidden under water. And there’s the “Titanic”, which was hit by an iceberg and sank. Reason why in 1914, governments have established an Ice Patrol to monitor iceberg movements.
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.