South Atlantic Ocean

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  • Day31

    Antarctica Photos

    January 31, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    More photos.
    Because I am at the bottom of the earth at the southern-most point,, the Internet connection is terribly weak. So, I am uploading a few pics at a time.
    僕が地球の最南である [地の果て] にいるので、インターネットはなかなか繋がりません。そのために、写真を少しずつアップロードしています。Read more

  • Day35

    Cape Horn/ホーン岬

    February 4, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Cape Horn is on the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) , which is the southern most area of the South American continent. It faces Drakes Passage.
    ホーン岬は南米大陸の最南端、ティエラ・デル・フエゴ諸島の最南に位置する岬である。ティエラ・デル・フエゴは日本語に直訳すると「火の土地」となり、南米大陸南端部に位置する諸島。ドレーク海峡に面しています。
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  • Day33

    Last day in Antarctica/南極の最後の日

    February 2, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    Pics I took yesterday. The whales were camera shy. Haha 😂 Today unfortunately it's foggy and doesn't look like it will clear up.
    昨日写った写真です。今日は霧がかかっていて、晴れそうもありません。😅😅くじらは写真に協力してくれませんでした。😭

  • Day258

    Tragedy at sea- for the breakables!!

    March 15, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

    We had a slightly better night but there were still 5-7m swells reportedly.
    This am we were having a relaxed breakfast with Diane and Carl.
    Suddenly we were hit by a set of huge waves and the dining room turned to chaos...... cutlery flew off tables, coffee pots hit the floor, next the industrial toaster took off from the counter and ended on the floor, the decorative planter pits flew off the top of the buffets and the whole buffet area turned into a mess of smashed glass/ crockery and god knows what else!!
    Meanwhile upstairs in the Observation Lounge the bar stools were sliding wildly side to side whilst poor Kenny behind the bar was dealing with smashed bottles of spirits that flew off the bar.... that’s what u get when things are unsecured!!
    We have made amazing time and we r now just south of The Beagle Channel.... basically near Cape Horn .... and it’s wild!! Loving it!! Just off for lunch to see what drama that brings!!

    Pm- the sea immediately calmed as soon as we were anywhere near the eastern lee of Cape Horn- I already missed the huge and hypnotic swells of just half an hour previous.
    Suddenly there were albatross and kelp - signs of life..... as suddenly there was in the ship when people came out alive of their cabins!
    At 2.30pm we took the opportunity to go and visit the bridge - super swanky and lots if technology - see additional post.
    17.45pm saw the last recap and slideshow before 19.00 “Captain’s Cocktails” when we missed the brief about wearing our best clothes. We turned up in the lounge to unrecognisable staff an passengers in “semi-glam” wear, well actually items other than merino and hiking pants!!
    We had a couple of bubbles whilst we toasted the staff and the trip before going for dinner. Tonight we had a lovely table with Sue, Glenn, Gary, Karina, Thomas, Stefan, Diane and John. Much wine, merriment and laughter until Christians talk at 9.30pm about something.... we got a coffee and came to the cabin!!
    We are currently anchored in the Beagle Channel with the pilot boat booked to take us into the wharf at 06.30am tmrw.
    A v expensive day at the wharf side for those of us staying on but can’t be helped and at least those returning to the US have all seemed to have rebooked flights before the shutdown at midnight. We are off to town!!
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  • Day9

    Cruising in the Southern Atlantic.

    February 1, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    We are in the southern Atlantic Ocean and we were headed for the Falkland Islands. Our captain called a ship-wide meeting and said we were going to by-pass the Falklands due to weather, which sounds like it is not unusual.
    This means we are headed directly to Antarctica which will give us an extra day there.
    As you can see on the map below, the dotted line is our current route. The small group of islands on the right of the map are the Falklands.
    So we are leaving our second continent of the adventure, but will return next week.
    We are now headed to the Drake Passage crossing to Antarctica which is notably the roughest sea in the world. Stay tuned......
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  • Day243

    At sea to the Falklands

    February 29, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    I woke up initially at 3.40am and I think this was when we exited the Beagle Channel as the swell seemed to build suddenly although the sound of the waves and the boats movement was v soothing.
    When I woke again at 6.45am it was a lighter shade of grey but barely light. I couldn’t bear to stay in bed so leaving K I went down to the 4th floor, got a tea from the 24hr tea and coffee station and took it to the 7th floor Observation Lounge where I was the only person so got the pick of the sofas.
    It was raining heavily but there were a few sea birds - mainly storm petrels and sooty shearwaters - riding the wind currents.
    I finished my tea and couldn’t stand to be inside any longer so it was back down to the cabin (sorry K) got my wet weather gear on and went out the the 5th floor observation deck just outside our cabin. Just me and the ocean and birds at this point- I was in heaven!!
    07.45am it was back inside as it was time to get ready for 8am buffet breakfast.

    See daily journal for rest of daily activities.

    After the most delicious a la carte 6 course dinner with wine K and I took a coffee up to the Obs Lounge on the 7th floor where we had the whole place to ourselves as it was dark outside.
    K went for a shower and I dressed in wet weather gear and went back out onto the Obs deck in the dark as the moon was rising to the port side.
    We are now not far off the Falkland Islands.... our first stop on the tour, due tmrw.
    When I went back to the cabin K pointed out I had been on everyone’s TV ( if they had it on the right channel) as there is a camera on the front Obs Deck!! Too funny!!
    Tmrw it’s our first landing on the Falklands and hopefully our first photos of the black browed Albatross and the southern rock hopper penguins which are significantly declining in number ☹️
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  • Day257

    Drake Passage

    March 14, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

    It was rough with a North West swell of between 3-5m after about 2 hours of pulling up the anchor and saying goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula.
    Our cabin number 502 has been amazing for the whole trip.... until now! We are the very first cabin on the port (left) bow and all night we were being smashed, wearing huge waves as they washed over the verandah windows.
    It was like trying to sleep on a rollercoaster snd I’m sure at one point I left the whole bed! When I woke K was sitting bolt upright fixing her vision feeling quite nauseous the poor thing.
    I went for breakfast and was surprised the dining room was pleasantly more stable although still rocking.... and was remarkably empty of people!!
    People seem to have managed to book flights out to the US before Monday nights closures but many people were still sat at the computers trying to rearrange plans.
    Luckily for us not having any plans meant we don’t have any issues at the moment. We are aware things are changing daily so we may need to think about flying home if Chile or the other South American countries start to close their borders or restrict flights to NZ.
    We have just also just heard in the news Jacinda has imposed a 14 day self quarantine on people returning. We are not sure what that looks like at the moment and would we be allowed to fly down and get home to Moeraki to quarantine or would we have to do it at point of entry aka Auckland?
    I’m sure we will be able to get more info when we can get some internet and try to keep up to date with the constant changes.
    After breakfast I got the doctor to come up to give K some anti nausea pills at her request which meant she felt well enough got lunch and a sit in the Observation Lounge before retiring back to the cabin for an afternoon nap before dinner!!
    So sad about our lost day in Antarctica but the Drake Passage is being as kind as it can be right now which is good.
    In the evening we went down to the main lounge to watch the “Antarctic Auction” where John and Diane paid $2600 USD for the admiralty chart with out way points marked on it!! The ships flag went for $2000 USD in a bidding war.... meanwhile we sipped a free champagne! After dinner it was back to the cabin for another lie down!
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  • Day256

    Enterprise Island

    March 13, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    This morning consisted of a zodiac boat cruise with Justin, in the snow and later rain as we cruised amongst the icebergs in and around Enterprise Island. The icebergs were such beautiful sculptures it was like being in Nature’s art gallery. The varying hues of blue were indescribable ( so I won’t try to describe them!!) and the grey sky behind looked pink in the many photographs taken.
    Justin was pretty slow and cautious driving the boat which wasn’t maximising people’s enjoyment as a. Everyone wanted to see more whales 🐳 and b. The driving snow wasn’t too comfortable.
    We were also v aware that all the other zodiacs were steaming out into open water..... and yes there were humpbacks 🐋!! Finally we joined everyone else and were treated once more to some close encounters with 3 feeding humpbacks 🐋
    Sadly we missed the spectacle of the morning- a fully breaching humpback 🐋 as we were returning to ship.
    We did manage to spot this huge whale ( about 36,000kgs) lift it’s full body out of the water x 2 out on the horizon...... watched by the passengers in 5 other zodiacs..... gutted!..... it’s just the luck of the draw on the driver you get each excision on the experience you have.....and this time we were so far away.
    Back on board we ironically warmed up in preparation for .... the Polar Plunge at 11.30am.
    I will do another post re the Polar Plunge photos but basically I jumped off the ship into freezing waters whilst K in 4 layers took photos from the top deck!
    After a hot shower it was time for lunch and the captain pulled up the anchor and sailed approx 3 hours south to Cuverville Island where we were due to have an afternoon excursion.
    After lunch we went up to the Observation Lounge for a coffee and spent an hour or so watching numerous humpback whales feeding in the Antarctic Waters as we passed them - not a care in the world- any of us!! The blows were easy to spot at the sea was so calm and we realised a lot of the whales 🐳 fed around the icebergs, no matter how big or small. We all ended up with whiplash looking from side to side as people spotted blow after blow, tail slaps, fin slaps etc.
    Just before 3pm we returned to the cabin to recharge camera batteries etc and I was watching the news whilst K was whale spotting from the verandah.
    K called me out as there were some humpbacks 🐋 v close on the left of the verandah. I was half complaining on getting my socks wet when on looking to the right we spotted 2 humpbacks heading straight towards us just near the edge of the verandah, when suddenly....... a 3rd unseen humpback fully breached with a pirouette right outside the verandah not 5m from where we were both standing!!!! It was so close K missed the first photo as she was zoomed out but managed to get a second shot as the whale lowered its huge body back into the water. OMG what a treat?!!! We couldn’t believe it and both broke out into spontaneous cheers and clapping!!!
    Watching the whales, it breached again near the stern of the boat before it dived never to be seen again. How lucky are we.... our own breaching whale outside 502!!
    Back up in the Observation Lounge everyone was talking about the breaching whale .... but the only person to get a photo of it because it was so close to the ship was K!!!
    Everyone with massive lenses were less than courteous as they were gutted they didn’t get “ the shot”!!! A win for cameras with small lenses..... and K’s exceptionally sharp timing.

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  • Day246

    At Sea on way to South Georgia

    March 3, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Last night we had to put the clocks forward an hour so we would be on South Georgia time when we get there in 2 days time. I considered not bothering and then realised we would miss all mealtimes over the next 2 days!
    We woke this am to a grey, v foggy day where we couldn’t distinguish between the sea and sky as it was a seamless blanket of grey.
    Due to the rain it was also too wet to be outside so we just listened to the waves through the open veranda door.
    Already slightly over over-eating we decided to skip breakfast at the new 8am and headed up to the observation lounge with our books and morning coffee.
    The sea was extremely calm with a mild south westerly swell but there were no sea birds to be seen let alone any whales.
    9.30am it was back down for the first of today’s Lectures about the fur seals and elephant seals we will see on South Georgia.
    There was then a free hour before the mandatory South Georgian biosecurity meeting in the auditorium. To this we obviously had to attend instead of watching it projected onto our cabin tv where we had been watching everything else.
    Luckily this went until lunch time so after this we had a 45 sec walk to the dining room where there was a whole roasted suckling pig for lunch!
    Today we shared a table with Karina and Gary the Canadians from Vancouver who had sailed their 40ft boat down to Puerto Williams.
    After lunch it was back to the cabin for a few free hours when we watched the movie Mr Church before being called to the back deck with a whale sighting..... ? A right whale off in the distance by the time we got there despite running through the decks.
    Now at 5pm we r watching a lecture on the History of South Georgia from the cabin with half an eye out for more whale blows in the persistent grey rain and fog.
    Next it’s the days recap and briefing for tmrw where we hope to sail past South Georgia’s Shag Rocks tmrw evening if we continue the 15-16 knot speed.
    After this it will be dinner with another 5 course meal- god help us!!
    We are all v much looking fwd to our 4 days in South Georgia once we get there.
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  • Day256

    Polar Plunge

    March 13, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    The Polar Plunge was called at 11.30am. Wearing togs/ cossy and my lovely fluffy bathroom I made my way down to the “mudroom” whilst K went up to the top deck to watch/ take photos.
    I was really surprised to find the line of others in their bathrobes, nearly out of the door!
    It was in the midst of excited but nervous chatter we slowly made our way forward towards the open gangway in the side of the ship.
    2 humpback whales were spotted cruising past.... probably in wonderment about what was taking place!!
    The Quark team were well oiled ( not literally) with 1 person taking and storing shoes, second one taking off the warm bathrobes and then we were ushered out towards the platform where a wet, cold harness was fitted around our waists.
    Throughout all of this there were anxious thoughts “how cold is it”, “will I be able to breathe and not go into shock” etc etc
    Standing in togs was enough to make anyone feel vulnerable but with the glaciers and icebergs in the background it intensified the feeling.
    However I must confess that this was not my first plunge in Antarctic waters- Feb 19th 2006 saw a few of us have one of the best and funniest afternoons of our lives which involved several polar plunges, a photo shoot on an ice flow within metres of a crabeater seal and just more icy merriment!
    Back to the World ExPlorer we were walked down the steps to the lower platform, hooked up to a rescue line and advised to “smile for the camera on the right”! No time to think I took a big jump off the platform and plunged into the icy Antarctic waters- loved it!!
    I swam the couple of strokes back to the platform and climbed the ladder back up to the platform ( not before taking the time to check my bikini top was still in place!!)
    Getting out another staff member wrapped me in a towel, handed me my bathrobe and then handed my a polar plunge badge- bonus!
    I was then handed my sandals and it was off I went. Di and Karl jumped after me and they were fine.
    It didn’t even feel too cold and it was so lovely I was v tempted to join the back of the line and jump again- however knowing how much Quark staff were sticklers for rules I reluctantly headed for a warm shower. I still wasn’t even cold!
    Showered and dressed K came and met me and off we went for lunch.
    Great experience.

    The water temp was a reported 0.8 degs C and in the end 64 of us took the opportunity to jump off the starboard platform to earn the “Polar Plunge” badge. The photos shown at the recap later that evening were brilliant.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

South Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Océano Atlántico Sur

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