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  • Day69

    Dune 7 - Quad fahren in der Wüste

    December 6, 2018, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Mittags in der Sonne von Namibia. Was ein Tag in den Dünen, unterwegs mit dem Quad. Die Dünen rauf und runter, driften durch den Sand. Zwischen Schotter, heißem Sand und feinem Stahl, bei senkender Hitze und einem kühlen Getränk.

    Namibia ist einfach ein tolles Land 😃

  • Day46

    At Sea, Atlantic Ocean

    April 30, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Sea days and More…

    It has taken 6 days at sea to reach Senegal ,so much to do and enjoy along the way. Very hot , very calm .
    Knitting has been very busy, to get the baby hats for Dakar . We managed 112 ,a fine effort ,as our numbers are diminished since Durban. One lady, today, completed a first hat, first time knitting anything, and she cried…she was so proud…! Great gathering of the Officers, to take pictures and say lovely things to us all. It’s been a humbling experience .We had an Anaesthesiologist ,Paediatrician, on board ,speak to us and tell us the reason the little hats are so important to the Prem babies ,as they cannot regulate their body temperature etc ,so they are not just for looks…!
    I do recall Raewyn, your patience ,teaching me to knit, pre marriage, the yellow jersey, WITH collar, and many mistakes…! We have been on the news in Australia now, and in the travel section of a newspaper there, this past week, maybe on Facebook as well in Viking Sun World Cruise..
    An Atrium concert from our Cruise Director Heather Clancy, a Mezzo Soprano ,toured the world apparently…very good , a huge crowd, but slightly over our heads really, not pretending to love an Aria that went for 10 minutes, but recognising huge talent.
    Enjoying friends along the way, Alwyne and Steven Reding from Melbourne, their son is Adam, Cetrece, [ at the Austin..] Kidney Specialist. The Sam Cain Grandparents, report he is back in action, maybe just in training… Our nice Canadians ,Beth and Dave ,from Vancouver Is, sharing books with Sam . Last night we spent time with Don, from Auckland ,who is profoundly deaf, and cannot speak much, so in a quiet spot, we wrote much, he was so excited to communicate, told us, as you thought Thelma, as a little boy of 5 at Sumner School for the Deaf, he cried every night, to go home. He is fragile at 87, so needs a walking stick, and showing us his wounds, I said a walking stick Don, would be so helpful,[ he hangs on to the walls and things,] Yes he said ,it might be good, I will get my Father’s when I get back home…! Months away, he is going on to a Princess Cruise, in London.!!! Many nice acquaintances , along the way.. Our crew ,who are so our good friends, too.
    In Dakar our Officers and some crew, took a huge collection of clothing and toiletries to an Orphanage ,this had been gathered by the Crew, also our Baby Hats, they have tiny babies, whose Mothers have died in Childbirth, many, so sad to see these tiny souls.! Many other children also, well cared for, and so excited to receive the chocolate from Easter ,and all the goodies ,and just to be picked up and hugged by some of our Officers, the pictures shown to us pre Show, in the evening, were pure joy…and Heather cried, telling us the days events…This Ship and Viking Ocean ,spreads its Hygge where ever we go. Very proud.
    Yesterday I went to Cooking School ,oh my goodness, what a delight ! So professionally done, great recipes, we made the food, 12 of us, in a beautiful kitchen, The Chefs Table… The Exec Chef, teaching, a dear man from Bali, who had a long way to get where he is, also helped his siblings ,who are all successful, his Mother his driving force.. Most participants had been to every class, some for months ,so last time he told his story…
    Some tricks were just so simple, cooking rice, Saffron ,but method, so easy, we chopped and sautéed ,cooked ,then had a delicious meal ,Cream of Parsnip Soup, divine, Coquinas, a paella like mix, with lobster and prawns ,cockles ,so very good, and Bolas De Anis, like little doughnut buns, with a crème filling ,flavoured with aniseed ,sat upon Caramel, home made, Chocolate drizzled ,sprinkled with Pasticcio’s. Chef plated it all ,then we ate, had wine and cocktails, a special one with passionfruit…AND we got to keep the apron. ! It was 3 hours, not expensive ,and I loved it.!!!
    Yesterday at lunch we had hundreds of little dolphins beside us ,jumping and playing ,also 2 whales spouting near us…
    There is lots of illness aboard, warning about hand-washing etc, coughing is very evident… We are on red alert for those , cannot afford to be ill for the UK…! Not many days away , but still 3 lovely places to visit.
    Had my hair done today ,Ivana ,who cut my hair earlier, I would love to see again, she is great…!
    Hope all is well, love from us, nearing Tenerife ,The Canary Islands.
    Have sent more cards Mum, not easy to find in Africa..!
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  • Day19

    Day 16 - Cape Horn and North

    January 14, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The captain, in his evening address as we left Ushuaia, advised us that the sess would be rough overnight - swells 9 to 12 feet. They were. Laying in the bed in the early morning, the ship pitched and jumped as it ploughed through the waves on our approach to Cape Horn.

    We reached the Cape about 7:30 am. The Cape is the southernmost tip of the South American continent and the northern extent of the Drake Passage - the 500-mile expanse between South America and Antarctica. The Cape is Chilean territory and the military maintains an outpost with a lighthouse, housing and chapel here. The Eclipse pulled along side the island and held position while passengers flocked to the portside decks to look and take pictures. In addition to the military outpost, there is a large memorial sculpture commemorating those sailors who lost there lives trying to "round the horn." The sculpture is the outline of an albatross, created by a Chilean sculptor. The seas had calmed somewhat but it was still moderately rough with swells around 8 feet.

    After maybe 15 minutes, the captain turned us north to start up the Argentine coast. Today and tomorrow are sea days before we reach our first mainland Argentine port Puerto Madryn. We had breakfast and returned to the room.

    Didn't do a lot the rest of the day. Spent time in the room reading and looking out at the improving weather. The ship cleared the eastern toe of Tierra del Fuego and headed north into open waters. The seas grew gradually calmer as we cruised. It was still chilly on deck with a strong wind.

    The evening's show was a powerful singer who did international standards from the 50s and 60s. We'd made reservations at one of the specialty restaurants, Tuscan Grille. There are five specialty eateries if you are tired of the buffet or grand dining room (and don't mind paying for you dinner). We had a great meal sitting at the very back of the ship with the propeller wake streaming behind us.

    Tomorrow another sea day steaming north.
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  • Day21

    Day 19 - How the ship works

    January 16, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    A nice day with mild temps, calm seas, and high, wispy clouds greeted us as we cruised north up the Argentine coast on another sea-day.

    We had arranged a tour of the inner workings of the ship. This two-hour tour took us behind-the-scenes of the food preparation, propulsion, steering, and crew areas of the ship. At each area, one of the senior staff of the area explained the workings and answered questions.

    A restaurant manager showed us the extensive kitchens where they prepare most of the food - each type (salads, appetizers,vegetables, protein, deserts) in a separate location. The stores manager showed us the food warehouses - the ship loads all the non-perishable items it needs for the entire voyage. That can total as many as 50 sea containers worth of food! As an example, for our 14-day cruise, they will use around 6,000 dozen eggs! Some of the fresh produce they get at local ports of call but much of it is loaded at the first embarkation port.

    We saw the engine control room and the engineer explained the propulsion mechanics. There are four, 16-cylinder, 2,200 horsepower generators to supply power (only two operating at a time under normal conditions). The ship produces it's own fresh water by scooping up seawater as it cruises out at sea and processing it through evaporation and reverse osmosis. It treats its waste water to drinking water standards and discharges it at sea, as long as it is more than 12 miles offshore.

    On the bridge, a Second Officer showed us how they steer and navigate. A question to the Officer produced the answer that the bad weather I described several days ago, where people were walking at an incline and plates were falling off tables, was only about a 5 on a 10-point scale of roughness.

    We got a look at the laundry that produces the clean linens and other washings we enjoy every day. Finally we saw the crew quarters and restaurants that keep the 1,200+ crew members happy. It was extremely interesting and informative.

    We attended a presentation about our upcoming port, Punto del Este, Uruguay, where we'll dock tomorrow. A light lunch and some relaxing in the room as the calm seas glided by.

    Gail picked up a cough - as had several other people we knew - from the guano dust at the penguin colony and rested while I went to the show. Tonight they brought two of the entertainers who perform around the ship during the day up on the stage to sing and play with the orchestra. Good show of rockandroll and Motown. Each of the performers we've seen has praised the house orchestra and for good reason. They are fantastic. Many of the other night's performers had arrived only hours before the show and rehearsed only briefly with the orchestra. Nonetheless, all the acts were solid with the band not missing a beat.

    Tomorrow we dock at Punto del Este, Uruguay.
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  • Day232

    Antarctic Peninsula

    December 24, 2017, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 28 °F

    After leaving South Georgia, we cruised for 2 and ½ days through the Scotia Sea in the Southern Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula.
    On our way we saw our first icebergs - one huge tabular ‘berg approximately 22km long - and many whales, penguins and birds.
    We were lucky enough to pass by, and get a good view, of Elephant Island where the majority of Shackleton’s crew waited while “the boss” and 4 others sailed to South Georgia in a tiny wooden boat. We were on the opposite side of the island from Shackleton’s landing site, but it was incredible to imagine how a tiny boat had been able to make it to South Georgia from here. Amazing!
    Our first landing was in Yankee Harbor where we saw our first chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals. Next we visited Deception Island, a recently active volcano with a small opening leading to a magnificently sheltered harbor. Here we enjoyed a short hike, saw our first leopard seals and enjoyed seeing the remains of a former whaling station during a small snow storm - which simply added to the atmosphere of the place.
    On Christmas Eve we visited Cuverville Island where we hiked up a steep hill to enjoy beautiful views of the Errera Channel. The best part was body sledding down the hill. Ridiculous fun! In the afternoon we landed at Brown station, an Argentinean research base that was our first official landing on the Antarctic continent. The base is empty at this time of year and opens in January. On our way back to the ship our zodiac cruised through Paradise Bay where another zodiac waited with champagne to toast our official arrival to continental Antarctica. Living the life!
    We spent Christmas day in Port Charcot. While the weather was beautiful, there was plenty of snow and ice around making it the most spectacular white Christmas we’re ever to likely experience. Santa managed to pay a visit via a zodiac. In the morning we spent time scooting around the icebergs of Salpetriere Bay in a zodiac. We were lucky to see Weddell and leopard seals, hundreds of penguins and birds, and some beautiful arched icebergs.
    The weather was so clear and windless that we were able to enjoy xmas BBQ lunch outside on the back deck of the ship, surrounded by massive mountains and glaciers with icebergs floating in the sea. In the afternoon we landed at Port Charcout and saw 3 types of penguins: Gentoos, Chin-straps and Adelies, a Crabeater seal and Minke whales in the bay.
    While cruising out of Neumayer Channel towards the open ocean, we couldn’t believe it when we saw orca’s then humpback whales feeding, including bubble-net fishing. It’s impossible to describe how stunningly beautiful it is here and everyday has become more and more breathtaking. This may well be the most spectacularly beautiful, wild place we’ve visited so far
    Our final two days were spent crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Famous for huge seas, we were lucky and enjoyed a very mild crossing with good weather. This was an incredible trip with an amazing ship and crew and so many nice people onboard. We feel so grateful to have had this experience.
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  • Day119

    Ascension Island

    April 15, 2015, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Ascension Island is one of the most remote islands in the world. There are no permanent indigenous residents here, and everyone who lives here does so with a permit. There are about 200 residents right now, but when there is a political conflict, it can become a busy place due to it’s location. For example, during the conflict with the Falklands, it was one of the busiest airports in the world. It also has one of the longest runways in the world (2 miles) and could accept the space shuttle as a back-up landing site.
    There is a tremendous amount of conservation going on here. There are a tremendous number of sea turtle nests here and the babies have a very high rate of survival since there are no natural predators. These turtles lay their eggs here, then migrate to Brazil before returning to one specific beach here.
    Sadly, the swells were too large for us to tender onto the island. Some of the residents did come on board and gave a presentation about the island and brought some goods on board to sell.
    “The road to nowhere” is theme here, but even though it is quite remote, it seems to be an interesting place to be for a short period of time.
    The first photo is Ascension Island from a distance.
    The second photo is Jeff and I in front of the island.
    The third photo is the settlement at Ascension Island.
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  • Day117

    St. Helena

    April 13, 2015, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    As we left Namibia, we set a course for the British territory island of St. Helena. We are truly in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean and we are making several stops as we begin our journey back to the Caribbean and eventually to Ft. Lauderdale.
    St. Helena is home to about 5500 people and is probably best known as the place where Napoleon spent the last 7 years of his life in exile. Granted, he was confined to an island, but the views are pretty spectacular. There were 3000 troops here to make sure he didn’t escape as well as a fleet of military ships that circled the island at all times. I don’t think he was going to get away.
    The island is volcanic and very dramatic with steep mountains/cliffs and lush green valleys. There are 699 stair-steps that go from town in the valley to town up above and many of the people on the ship enjoyed the thigh-burning walk up.
    The town itself was very quaint and charming and it was interesting to look in the grocery stores and gift shops to see what is available in a place that has a ship stop by once a month and no air access. (Lots of canned meat.)
    Interestingly enough, there is no technology for credit cards, ATM’s or cell phones.
    They do have a distillery though!
    The first photo is the countryside in St. Helena.
    The second photo is looking down the 699 steps of Jacob's Ladder.
    The third photo is Napoleon's place of exile.
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  • Day30

    Kap Horn

    February 4, 2017, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ -5 °C

    Da sind wir also, am südlichsten Punkt von Südamerika.

    Es ist relativ kalt bei knapp 10 Grad, und wir haben eine Windgeschwindigkeit von 60 km/h.

    Die Aussicht ist wunderschön, aber seht selbst... 😊

  • Day14

    Anniversaire d'Olivier, en mer

    March 19, 2017, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Hier c'était mon anniversaire. Après être allés petit-déjeuner, alors que nous nous apprêtions à ouvrir la porte de notre cabine SURPRISE !!! Toute la chambre avait été entièrement décorée ! Ensuite maman m'a offert un cadeau incroyable : elle voulait bien faire un jeu vidéo avec moi ! C'était hilarant de la regarder "défoncer" des terminators !
    L'équipe du Splash Académie m'a offert une carte d'anniversaire, un jeu de Uno et des balles de jonglage. Au goûter, j'ai eu un gros gâteau au chocolat et encore plein de cadeaux.

    C'etait un super jour d'anniversaire !

    Olivier
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  • Day99

    Antarctica

    December 29, 2016, South Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌫 11 °C

    Antarctica... Wat een fantastisch prachtig mooi continent..!
    Zo groot.. Zo ongerept.. Vol met pinguïns, walvissen, orka's, zeehonden, sneeuw en ijs. Heel veel ijs!

    De afgelopen 11 dagen waren super speciaal en eigenlijk weten we niet zo goed waar we moeten beginnen. Dus laten we maar gewoon ons reisschema afgaan.

    Dag 1 - Ushuaia
    Rond een uur of 5 in de middag was iedereen op het schip en werden we welkom geheten door de crew. Een heerlijke groep jonge enthousiastelingen van over de hele wereld onder leiding van een Australische expedition leader. Er werd een borrel gedaan met de Russische kapitein (die beter tot zijn recht kwam achter het roer in plaats van tussen de mensen) en ons eerste 3 gangen diner werd voorgeschoteld. Om 8 uur vertrok de boot dan echt naar het meest zuidelijke deel van de wereld.
    Iedereen was een beetje gespannen voor de welbekende 'drake passage' (de meest ruige zee ter wereld) dus werden er nog even wat reistabletten gedeald door de Nederlandse dokter aan boord. Snel nog even snel douchen voordat we niet meer rustig op onze benen konden staan en lekker het bedje in.

    Dag 2 - Drake Passage
    Na een wat schommelige nacht werden we we eigenlijk best goed wakker. Dachten we.. Totdat je in je kleine hutje opstaat en de badkamer op gaat zoeken.
    Robert heeft het ontbijt voor de helft gehaald en ook Ellen lag nog eventjes onder de dekens. Uiteindelijk kan je je dan maar beter vastklampen aan een pilaar en naar de horizon staren en je vergapen aan de mega grote albatrossen die rond het schip vliegen. Dat is dan ook wat we de 48 uur op zee vooral gedaan hebben. Er werden ook presentaties gegeven over de activiteiten die we gaan doen wat een leuke afleiding was.

    Dag 3 - Drake Passage - Antartica
    Deze dag ging al iets soepeler en rond een uur of 5 kon Robert dan ook zijn favoriete steunpilaar in de lounge los laten. Voor het eerst zien we de ijsbergen en land! We zijn al snel niet meer van het dek af te slaan net zoals de andere 110 gasten aan boord. We zijn de eerste eilanden nog niet voorbij of we worden welkom geheten door de eerste walvissen.. Niet 1, niet 2, maar een groep van zo'n 30 walvissen waren aan de horizon te zien! Overal waar je keek zag je de 'blows' van deze enorm grote dieren boven de zeespiegel uitkomen. De Antartica droom is nu echt begonnen.

    Gelukkig gaat de zon hier pas tussen elf en twaalf uur onder en was deze om 1 uur weer terug. Tijd genoeg om van het uitzicht te genieten.

    Dag 4 - Oudjaarsdag - Cuverville & Danco Island
    Robert had de wekker al vroeg in de ochtend gezet om niets te missen van het uitzicht. Ellen was ook al snel wakker en zo zaten we om half 5 in de ochtend op het achterdek naar buiten te staren.

    Dagelijks hadden we om 7 uur de wake-up call en konden we om half 8 ontbijten.
    Aan boord was ook een groep van ongeveer 45 Chinezen. Zo werd ook de wake-up call in het Chinees vervolgd en hebben we al hun (eet) gewoontes van dicht bij mee gekregen. Even wennen, maar dat hebben ze ook vast bij ons als westerlingen moeten doen. Iedereen was voornamelijk stik jaloers op alle telelenzen en super camera's die zij bij zich hadden. Daar sta je dan met je 'weggooi camera'.

    Elke dag bestaat uit twee 'landingen' of activiteiten die je op het water of aan land gaat doen. Als je mazzel hebt heb je ook nog een kampeernacht waarbij je op het land blijft slapen. Andere activiteiten zijn kajakken, bergbeklimmen, zodiac cruises of een foto workshop.
    Voor onze eerste landing sluiten we ons aan bij fotograaf Bruce voor wat tips, maar al snel vind iedereen zijn weg tussen de hilarische zwart witte pinguïnvrienden. Op de rit terug van het land naar de boot had de Nederlandse marinebioloog nog een verrassing voor ons, namelijk een bijzondere leopardseal (luipaardzeehond in het Nederlands voor oma;-)).

    S'middags varen we naar Danco Island waar we de tweede landing doen. De sneeuwschoenen werden onder gebonden en we zijn de berg op gelopen om van het zonnetje en het uitzicht te genieten. Boven op de berg hebben we een gezamenlijke zensessie gedaan om allemaal 10 minuten helemaal stil te zijn en alleen maar te genieten van het uitzicht.
    Bij het diner werden we welkom geheten door de Nederlandse hotelmanager met een glaasje bubbels. Het is tenslotte oudejaarsavond. Ondertussen zijn we vrienden geworden met twee Italiaanse stellen en een Zwitsers stel. We hebben al snel de 'kindertafel' geclaimd. Om 8 uur Antarctica tijd is het in Europa 12 uur en proosten we op het nieuwe jaar. Dit doen we niet alleen, want we kijken naar buiten en familie Orka komt ook met ons mee proosten. Een betere start van het nieuwe jaar kunnen we ons echt niet wensen. Fantastisch!
    Nog wat wijn en bubbels later wordt hier ook om 12 uur geproost en het het nieuwe droomjaar echt begonnen.

    Dag 5 - Nieuwjaarsdag - Dorien Bay & Port Lockroy
    Al snel is het weer duidelijk wie de verstandige is van ons twee.. Het felle licht van de zon en sneeuw (natuurlijk niet de alcohol van de avond ervoor) is Ellen toch iets te heftig en lijkt het droomjaar toch iets minder zonnig.. Robert was namelijk al wel iets eerder naar bed gegaan aangezien we nog niet erg veel hadden geslapen.

    De eerste landing vandaag was op Dorien Bay waar we rustig hebben rondgelopen. Hier staat ook een Argentijnse overwinterhut welke nog helemaal in tact is.
    Smiddags gaat Robert bergbeklimmen en zoekt Ellen het minder intense Engelse Port Lockroy op. Hier wordt de stempel in de paspoorten gezet zodat we ook daar bewijs hebben dat we er echt zijn geweest.

    Deze dag is nog steeds niet voorbij, want na het eten mogen we ook klaar staan voor de welgevreesde camping nacht. Rond 9 uur vertrekken we met de 2 slaapzakken en 'BB' bag per persoon naar land. Hier mogen we een soort van graf graven waar we in kunnen liggen om minder last te hebben van de wind. Vervolgens lig je met je slaapzakken in de 'BB'-bag (we weten niet hoe je het schrijft) wat een soort van waterbestendige zak is. Dit is je tent. Zodra we liggen begint het ook een beetje te sneeuwen dus kruipen we nog iets meer de zak in. Gelukkig worden we de hele nacht vergezeld door een mooie Adelie pinguïn, omgedoopt tot de huiskat.
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South Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Océano Atlántico Sur

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