What starts with a somewhat terrifying 2-day crossing of the Drake passage from the Southern tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula, turns into the most awe- inspiring journey that one could possibly imagine.
Nothing quite prepares you for the jaw-dropping scenery and the beautiful wildlife – what you see and experience down there simply takes your breath away. It is a combination of imposing icebergs scattered aimlessly throughout the water having broken away from the winter ice shelf; the sheer purity of the glaciers still fresh from the long cold winter; the whales and seals in their natural habitat equally at home with the ships that pass by and the thousands and thousands of penguins who waddle about their business without a sideways glance to human invasion.
The silence and calmness of this beautiful continent leaves you with a sense of peace and tranquillity and the most incredible memories and anyone who has been will say the same – it’s so pristine, so other-worldly, so remote and just so beautiful.
With itineraries to suit all budgets and tastes – it is the best time to take advantage of the amazing early bird specials and charters. My trip was aptly named ‘Pinktarctica’ as all proceeds went to the McGrath Foundation – a wonderful cause which benefited greatly from a very enthusiastic group of passengers.