Probably the luckiest people in the world.........
Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
332Trip End Jan 19, 2007
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We set our alarm for 3am for sunrise and stupidly switch it off. Half an hour later Aaron comes over the PA sounding as bright and breezy as ever to tell us all there are Emperor Penguins on the ice outside. Don´t think we have ever got dressed and out so quick.
Later we found out that they very very rarely see them on these trips as they are so far south and conditions have to be ideal to see them. In fact most people have to pay $15-20,000 on an icebreaker trip to see them. We feel like the luckiest people alive.
Kinnes Cove (63 degrees 22´S, 53 degrees 33´W)
Cape which forms the W extremity of Joinville island, off the NE end of Antarctic peninsuila. Named by members of the Dundee Whaling expedition 1892-3 for R Kinnes sponsor of the expedition. Other side of the Antarctic sound to Paulet Island.
We are told to expect more seals as the breeding season has just finished and the pups moult ready for their new silver dappled coat. Apparently there are 800,000 of them and they are 10ft long and are only in Antarctica
After lots more trudging and watching we head back on board for a brief sleep to prepare ourselves for tonigh´s posh evening.
Fortunately this is not a traditional cruise so there is no-one in a tuxedo or ball gown for tonight´s Captain´s dinner. We put on clean t-shirts. This is preceded by a welcome to Antarctica champagne reception and an introduction by the Captain. Is an amusing and friendly chap and looks just like Captain Birdseye. Not sure if I was the only one secretly hoping for fish fingers for dinner. Needless to say that wasnt on the menu but as ever the food and company was great. Later on we broke further into our box of red wine and drank rather more than was entirely necessary. You think we would learn.
Today´s programme had the following quote at the top. Possibly the most apt one of our trip so far:
"An Antarctic expedition is the worst way to have the best time of your life." - Apsley Cherry Garnard
Certainly those that really suffered from seasickness agreed with it!