"The Ultimate Destination on Earth" Antarctica by fred98115
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We joined a Holland America cruise in Santiago that would go to the Antarctic Peninsula and disembark in Buenos Aires. The temptation to visit this part of the world, even if from a cruise ship, is one to be satiated. In my scheme of things, first comes the Outer Islands. One example is shown here, Elephant Island, is the location where 22 members of Shackleton's Expedition were stranded for 125 days in 1915 - living beneath upturned boats and having penguins for three meals a day.
We woke on our first cruise day at the peninsula, pulled back the shades, and were greeted by black and white. The landscape of ice, mountains and water was muted by clouds and fog. Much of the morning it snowed, a fine particle snow that seemed unsure of its intentions. We are here. We will not be this way again. We took photographs, ignoring the conditions. It was mystical.
Our second day on the peninsula, we threw back the shades and were greeted by brilliant sunlight and white glaciers. Today we would see magical places with names like Paradise Bay, Andvold Bay, Cuverville Island, Enterprise Island, as we cruise along the Antarctica Peninsula. And everyone is on deck to experience it.
- Pros:Out of this world unique experience
- Cons:Hard to get to, expensive, and weather can be horrid or great
- In a nutshell:Give me 25K USD and I'll go back today
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