My Antarctic Experience...
Highs: All of the wildlife (i.e. penguins, seals, whales, etc.); watching a 'kill' with a leopard seal and a
penguin; having a Gentoo penguin tug at my jacket; watching a whale in the water from our zodiac boat;
the sunset at Port Lockroy; the immense icebergs.
Lows: Seeing a penguin lose its life to a leopard seal; smelling like penguin poop after spending time
being around them; the extremely rocky ride through the Drake Passage.
Best Moment: It's really hard to give a 'best' moment. Maybe witnessing the scale of everything
out here? And all of the penguins, seals and icebergs.
Smells: 'Guano' (aka penguin poop).
Sounds: Penguins calling out to their moms and babies; whales breaking through the water;
announcements on the PA system on-board the boat; Antarctic fur seals not sounding especially happy;
glaciers cracking; whale noises.
Sights: Chinstrap penguins; gentoo penguins; adelie penguins; humpback whales; Minke whales;
Antarctic fur seals; leopard seals; elephants seals; crab-eater seals; icebergs; Devil's Island; Brown
Bluff; Penguin Island in the South Shetland Islands; penguins and seals floating on icebergs; Deception
Island; Danco Island; Pleneau Island; Half Moon Island; Port Lockroy.
Tastes: Really, really good food on-board; Baked Antarctica.
Purchases: Antarctica postcard stamps with penguins on them; Antarctica pen.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? No.
Type of currency? U.S. Dollars on-board the boat.
Things Antarctica Is Known For: Penguins; icebergs; experiencing the effects of global
Costs: $3950 plus $300 local payment