Bjørnøya (Bear Island)
August 6, 2018

Monday, August 6th, 2018 Located half way between the northern tip of Norway and the southern tip of Svalbard, Bjørnøya is home to thousands and thousands of birds. We spent a pleasant morning zodiac cruising along the southwest coastline doing a little bird spotting. The morning was misty with the sun coming out in the […]

Goodbye Beautiful Cuba!
November 18, 2017

We are sailing out of Santiago de Cuba at the time of writing. I do not believe I have ever felt so emotional when leaving a country. Beautiful Cuba: you and your people gave us a very warm welcome. I felt fortunate to have been able to see not only breathtaking Havana, but also Cienfuegos, […]

Cienfuegos, Cuba.
November 13, 2017

On November 12 at 8:00 The World anchored at Cienfuegos, a city on Bahía de Cienfuegos, a bay on Cuba’s south coast. Known as Cuba’s ‘Pearl of the South’ ,the colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading […]

Trinidad de Cuba.
November 12, 2017

Located in the province of Sancti Spíritus, in Central Cuba, is the perfectly preserved Spanish outpost of Trinidad, famous for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets. It was founded in the early 16th century in honor of the Holy Trinity and was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its neo-baroque main […]

Belize and Cuba
November 7, 2017

Located on the east coast of Belize at the mouth of the Belize River, Belize City is home to the country’s largest seaport. However, a narrow channel prohibits large ships from docking. I arrived on November 7th just after noon and had arranged for a taxi to pick me up and transport me to The Great […]

Stephen’s 50th Birthday Celebration aboard The World
September 19, 2017

September 12th, 2017 The Venue was Fabulous. The Food was Excellent. The People. It was all about The People. Friends and Staff. It was Magical to have some of our best friends gathered together for Stephen’s birthday party. Others couldn’t make it for various reasons. The Staff made it happen with their creativity, eye for […]

Aurora Australis on the long voyage to New Zealand
February 5, 2017

Monday, January 30th – Monday, February 6th On Monday, January 30th, we all got together on the stern of the ship for a ‘Farewell Antarctica Cocktail’. What an incredible experience being able to visit an area as remote as the Ross Sea! On the 7-day voyage to New Zealand a lot of time was spent […]

A walk on Ice in Bartlett Inlet
February 5, 2017

Sunday, January 29th Our last landing in Antarctica was truly magical. The Bridge and EYOS worked together to find a place where we could safely land to go for a walk on the ice shelf. Not that straightforward given that the edge of the shelf is basically a sheer ice cliff. Unbelievable experience. To top […]

Saturday, January 28th We had breakfast as the ship reached the far eastern edge of the Ross Sea Ice Shelf and sailed into the ‘Bay of Whales’. The Bay was named by Shackleton in 1908 for the large number of whales sighted as they approached. It was here that Roald Amundsen over-wintered before setting off to […]

Cruising along the Ross Sea Ice Shelf
February 2, 2017

Friday, January 27th It is almost impossible to describe the sheer immensity of the Ross Sea Ice Shelf. As Ross sailed south he saw a white line: “extending from its eastern extreme point as far as the eye could discern to the eastward. It presented an extraordinary appearance, gradually increasing in height, as we got nearer […]

Adélie penguin rookery on Franklin Island
February 2, 2017

Thursday, January 26th Franklin Island in the Ross Sea is 7nmi / 13km long and lies about 80 nmi / 130km east of Cape Hickey, Victoria Land. It was discovered by James Clark Ross on 27 January 1841 and named for Sir John Franklin, the noted Arctic explorer, who as Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (now […]

Terra Nova Hike
February 1, 2017

Wednesday, January 25th Few areas are as distinct as Terra Nova Bay and the Victoria Land coast. This powerful landscape is home to dramatic mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, massive glaciers and ice tongues. This location is one of the most beautiful in the Antarctic, and is therefor sometimes referred to as ‘The Riviera’. It looks […]

Mario Zucchelli Station, Terra Nova Bay
February 1, 2017

Wednesday, 25th Finally, after 9 days at sea, with no landings thus far, we all were ecstatic to be able to land and stretch our legs on terra firma in Terra Nova Bay on a gloriously sunny day! The Italian Base was ready for us and welcomed us that morning in groups of 25. We […]

Tuesday, January 24th On the morning of the 24th we went on a zodiac exploration of the Campbell blue ice glacier (74º25’S  164º22’E), situated in the northern end of Terra Nova Bay, on the Victoria Coast. It is named after the leader of Scott’s Northern Party, Lieutenant Victor Campbell, Royal Navy, of the British Antarctic […]

Ice floes and Coulman Island
January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23rd On our way to Coulman Island Captain Dag and our ice navigator Capt Uli steered the ship through some rather densely packed ice floes; always a favorite to watch from deck 7 forward. Upon arrival at Coulman Island The Team noticed that the pack ice there was sufficiently broken up to allow a true […]

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