Philip Looney

Joined November 2015
  • Day23

    Day 24

    December 12, 2015 in Antarctica ⋅ 🌬 0 °C

    Overnight we cruised to the South Shetland Islands which are close to Antractica and have very similar conditions - very cold and windy and masses of snow.

    In the morning we landed on Deception Island. This was formed by a volcano and had a narrow entrance to a bay formed from the crater. Where we landed was adjacent to an Argentinian station (not currently in use). Almost no wildlife (no food in the waters in the bay) but beautiful scenery. Very cold and katabatic winds.

    In the afternoon we cruised to Robert Island for our last landing. This was fantastic. Lots of icebergs in the water, gentoo penguins, elephant seals and birds and snow everywhere. Very cold and it started snowing. Really capped off the trip to Antarctica!
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  • Day22

    Day 23

    December 11, 2015 in Antarctica ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C


    We arrived at the Antarctica Peninsula mid morning. It was blowing a gale, up to 66 knots. Made for a fun and interesting time on deck!

    Scenery was amazing. Lots of icebergs and ice in the water off the coast.

    Because of the weather, we could not land on the Peninsular itself or on an island just off the coast, Cuverville Island. Wind was blowing up to 50 kts and there was a big swell.

    Instead, the ship cruised through the Gerlache Strait and Wilamena Sound.

    Still lots of fun.
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  • Day21

    Day 21 & 22

    December 10, 2015, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Travelling from South Georgia to Antarctica.

    The sailing was pleasent, not too rough. Lots of eating and drinking and sleeping.

    It snowed for the first time :).

  • Day19

    Day 20

    December 8, 2015 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Annemarie's birthday!

    This was our last day at South Georgia :(. We had an excursion on the zodiac to Cooper Bay. We didn't land but went up to the coast and saw Macaroni penguins and Chinstrap penguins as well as many birds and seals. Also saw some great rock formations.

    Back on the boat and started our 2.5 day journey to Antarctica. Within half an hour of leaving South Georgia, fog and cloud rolled in and there was nothing to see!

    At night we celebrated Annemarie's birthday over dinner with an extended group including friends made on board.
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  • Day18

    Day 19

    December 7, 2015 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    A big day at South Georgia!

    In the morning, we went ashore at Grytvika. There is an abandoned whaling station, a post office, a museum, a gift store, a church and a cemetery where Shackleton is buried. Lots of baby elephant seals, some young fur seals and some king penguins. Very picturesque!

    In the afternoon we went ashore at xxx. Here there is a rookery of king penguins. Numbers vary but the consensus amongst our guides seems to be about 500,000! Also plenty of young elephant seals and fur seals and a few (very large) older elephant seals. This was truly an amazing place.Read more

  • Day17

    Day 18

    December 6, 2015 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    First day at South Georgia.

    One landing only today. We were blessed with great weather. A bonus was that the fur seal pups had hatched only a week ago. Also saw a colony of king penguins (about 7,000).

    Brad did a 4 hour walk into the island.

  • Day14

    Day 15

    December 3, 2015 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Arrived at the Falkland Islands this morning.

    Did 2 landings, one at New Island and one at Grave Cove.

    At New Island we saw a rookery of Rockhopper penguins, Albatros and Cormorants, all mixed in together. The penguins were roosting and we were told the eggs were about a week off hatching.

    At Graves Cove there were masses of Gentoo penguins roosting and their eggs were hatching. Mike and Nat actually saw one penguin hatch. We saw quite a number of chicks that were only an hour or so old.

    We also saw the penguins returning to the beach and exiting the water. Very funny. Also some dolphins playing in the water near the penguins.

    Was a good intro to landings. Weather at New Island was very warm with several people removing their jackets. It was much colder at Graves Cove in the afternoon with a cool wind blowing.

    Had a Gala Dinner tonight followed by a musical and then music to dance to. Managed to get a jive, foxtrot, waltz, cha, rumba and a tango (not to mention several line dances!).
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  • Day13

    Day 14

    December 2, 2015, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    This was a full day at sea with briefings about zodiac landings and the Falkland Islands.

    The boat is great, food is good and the staff are exceptional. Cabin is also very spacious and well designed.

  • Day12

    Day 13

    December 1, 2015 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Travelled from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia for the start of our cruise.

    Had to be up at 3.30am for a 7.00am flight. Mike and Natalie left it later to go to the airport and were caught in a queue for check-in. Luckily it was a charter flight and take off was delayed.

    On arrival into Ushuaia, we were straight onto a bus tour. This started with a lunch at an eatery that also had huskies (more than 100!). Barbequed lamb!

    We were then taken through the national park to the "end of the world".

    We then boarded the ship for the start of the cruise.
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