So the other night, somewhere along the coast of Korea, we had a four-course dinner onboard the Silver Discoverer exploration ship with the expedition leader, Moss.
We were a very merry party of three, and we had a large table by the side of the restaurant that rocked in all directions to swells as high as four meters. The wine glasses were even laid out across the table instead of being made to stand, just to avoid too many glasses breaking, I suppose.
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WHAT MAKES A BOAT ROCK
At four meters, the swells itself were not very high and certainly not dangerous for a ship of this size.
But what made that evening’s sail particularly memorable in terms of twists and turns was the way in which the wind was catching the ship, pushing it along on angles that were just the types to make most people seasick.
This was so appropriate for a discussion about Antarctica, the most extreme of all adventure voyages as well as as the cruise route with among the highest or the most dizzying swells, living a #Travelife.
MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST FOR 2016
Onboard Silversea, living a #Travelife…
Antarctica has long been at the top of my bucket list.
However, I’ve been putting it off as I’ve not relished at all the roundtrip journey through the Drake Passage, home to some of the most turbulent waters in the world. I also wanted to make sure I had enough time to do this cruise and still explore the surrounding environs, without having to jump right back on another airplane.
It is a very long way from home, after all.
Learning ink brush painting in Korea last weekend, living a #Travelife…
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2016
However, that night, after hearing the wondrous stories about the Antarctica voyage from someone who has been there innumerable times, I finally made up my mind to make this cruise happen next year.
It’s a milestone year of sorts, so this voyage to Antartica, living a #Travelife, will be most appropriate. It will be just in time, too.
I took this photo at a beautiful ancient temple in Korea yesterday, living a #Travelife…
THE SILVER CLOUD IS HEADED FOR ANTARCTICA
It turns out that Silversea is re-outfitting the Silver Cloud, one of its classic cruise ships, into an Antarctica-worthy vessel. The Silver Cloud carries about 280 passengers, but it will be re-outfitted to carry about 100 passengers in comfort and style to Antarctica sometime next year.
I said to Moss: “I’m definitely going next year, by hook or crook. When’s the best time to go?“
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ANTARCTICA
Moss replied: “It really depends on what you’re after. If you want to see lots of ice, that’s early in the season. And if you want to see lots of penguins, that’s later in the season.” I’ve seen the thousands of penguins before, on a sea safari last year in South Africa, so I’m definitely after the ice.