After an amazing tour of the Antarctic Peninsula we began our long sail north – past Elephant Island – an ice covered island off the coast of Antarctica – famous as the refuge of Ernest Shackleton’s crew in 1914 following the loss of their ship in the ice.
By now, our ship was beginning to be covered in ice and snow – crew members from the Philippines and Indonesia who had probably never seen snow before, built a snowman on the outside Lido deck, which gave us a great photo
Unfortunately, as we sailed north we encountered a huge storm which – in addition to reacquainting us with sea legs and flying plates – prevented us from visiting the Falkland Islands ( as we have visited previously, this was not a catastrophe for us).
But after a few stormy days at sea the ice began to melt from the outside decks – and we were well entertained with interesting lectures – an ice pilot, geologist, historian, explorer and even tango dancers in preparation for our next port-of-call Buenos Aires, Argentina, the ‘Paris of South America’.
We were also advised of a change to our itinerary – due to increased security concerns in the Western Indian Ocean – our port call at Victoria, Seychelles on Mar.
6 & 7 has been canceled and replaced with a call at Male, Maldives on Mar. 8.
Well, tonight is a formal night so we now have to transform ourselves into Cary Grant and Kathryn Hepburn – a difficult process.
Teri and Ed