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.