Raise your hand if you have a question

What do you want to know? I can’t answer questions about why minkes rarely breach but humpbacks do it all the time, but if you have questions like, how do you go to the bathroom on Antarctica? I’m your girl.

(Answer: You don’t. You go back to the ship to use the bathroom.)

So if you have any questions, ask away in the “reply” box below! It’s a good way to give me ideas about what else to write about, too…I have some ideas for future posts but tell me what you are curious about! Of course, you can always ask questions on any post, too.

I don’t know of any way to make comments anonymous without losing all my spam protection. If you want to be anonymous, you’ll have to just make up a name and email.


  1. kat March 31, 2015

    What time was sunrise/sunset? It looked like there was one night when you were still taking pics at 9pm! And how long were your days when you were out seeing stuff and exploring, before you had to be back on the ship?

    Was your ship the only one there? Or are there other expeditions/companies that were there when you were?

    • Karen March 31, 2015

      We had a lot of daylight! I’m not sure it ever got completely dark, although I don’t remember ever staying up late enough to know for sure. They posted the sunrise/sunset times on the daily programs. On Feb 14, for example, sunrise was at 5:16am and sunset was at 10:11pm.

      We had a couple of landings in the evenings, after dinner, where we were out until 9:30 or 10. We had one before-breakfast landing scheduled (6am) but it got canceled due to rough water making it unsafe to land.

      Typical landings lasted 2-3 hours. In a couple cases they were shorter because there were tighter restrictions on the number of people who could be on land at once. Generally, the limit is 100, but some sites allow only 60 or 40, for example. So on those, we would do a split landing, where, say, half the people went to land first and the other half did a zodiac cruise, and then we’d switch.

      We only saw one other ship the whole time–Le Boreal, a French ship that we’d seen docked in Ushuaia before we left. They sailed past us one day during lunch, which was kind of exciting–our first sign of other humans!–and they were also anchored in Deception Bay the same day we were there. I know there were other ships around, though, that we just didn’t see, because Alex mentioned that part of his job was to coordinate with the expedition leaders of the nearby ships each day about who was landing where. Because of the restrictions on numbers of people on land, only one ship at a time is at any one site.

  2. Pam Hectorne March 31, 2015

    I saw your post on CC about going to Alaska (hubby and I are headed there in August) and clicked on this link. I am soooo glad I did!! I am thoroughly enjoying reading about your trip and looking at your pictures.

    My big bucket list item is a world cruise, although reading about this trip makes me want to go too!!!

    Thanks for posting. Looking forward to reading more!!

    • Karen March 31, 2015

      Thanks, Pam! Antarctica is definitely worth a spot on your bucket list. (Alaska will be amazing, too!)


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