Category Archives: travel

Travels: A visit to the bridge of the Roald Amundsen

As of 6:30 a.m., the map tells us that we’re about to enter the Beagle Channel again, heading to Puerto Williams (the world’s southernmost city with a population of about 3,000) where customs clearance appears to be required for entering and leaving Chile, even via Antarctica. Tomorrow morning we land at the larger town of […]

Penguins and other seabirds on Half Moon Island

It’s a dreary Sunday in the Drake Passage—it’s almost always dreary here—as we make the two-day trip back to southern Chile. We are halfway through the passage according to the ship’s real-time map, and may land in Punto Arenas a bit early. Passengers from this first trip are scheduled to debark on the 12th, with […]

A climb to chinstrap penguins

Good morning from Antarctica on Sunday, November 9, 2019. My first voyage will end the morning of the 12th, but then I’m off the same day on a slightly different cruise, this time back to the Antarctic peninsula for a longer visit and then on to the Falkland Islands, home of King Penguins and many […]

Penguin teaser

We were up early this morning for a trip to Orne Harbor, on the mainland of Antarctica (my last continent save Australia), followed by a brisk hike several hundred meters up a steep slope to where the chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus) nest. Every day these little buggers climb up and down that steep hill to […]

Yesterday’s activities in Antarctica

Good morning from Antarctica! Here’s the sunrise about an hour ago (Friday morning). The weather is perfect, with no clouds, and I’m hoping that there’s not too much ice to cancel our landing in Orne Harbor, which will be our first time to set foot on Antarctica proper. Yesterday we couldn’t land because of ice […]

Penguins and seals on Greenwich Island

We’ve arrived in Antarctica; the map below shows where we are this morning (our ship is circled): steaming between the Antarctic Peninsula itself and the islands that flank it to the west.  (Follow the progress on the map here.) This morning we’ll get off the ship to watch the Roald Amundsen being christened (I hear […]

Where we are (icebergs and penguins, oh my!)

We’re pretty far south now, and Internet is quite poor, so I can’t post a picture of what it looks like outside the ship. You can see our live view by going to the Panomax Camera site for the ship, but the “rolling” waves are very distorted! At least you can see that it’s gray […]

Where we are

The ship’s live antenna camera is working at last. You can see it here, and it shows the expanse of the Drake Passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica, but perhaps you’ll also be able to see birds. We’re seeing tons of them, as well as high seas, out our window. Click on the screenshot to […]

Where we are now

Yesterday was a day at sea among the fjords, and the map of the MS Roald Amundsen’s position shows us somewhere south of the Strait of Magellan. We should be heading toward Antarctica soon, but I have little information about our course. The only thing I can say for sure is that there were nine […]

Where we are now (and Darwin’s sloth)

Yesterday was a port day in Puerto Natales, and was pretty quiet. Some passengers took off on a guided tour of the city, or to see the Cueva del Milodón Natural Monument, a cave where the bones (and skin!) of a extinct giant ground sloth were discovered. As Wikipedia notes: The largest cave in the monument […]