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Life & Work At Sea, Staying Connected: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

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If only Ernest Shackleton would have had Facebook. The famed explorer whose ship was crushed by ice 100 years ago this month could have simply posted his status, “Totally screwed. Send help.” Not to make light of Shackleton’s predicament or the remarkable story of his survival, but it is mind-boggling to think how far we have… [Read More]

Seabourn Quest, A Beautiful Ship & Details Of Two New Ones To Come: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest, Cruising Antarctica

The vessel that carried us to Antarctica: Seabourn Quest, launched in 2011 and, at that time, one of three new vessels that represented a radical design direction for Seabourn. You can find a comprehensive review of Seabourn Quest, as well as a dozen videos highlighting the vessel, by clicking on Avid Cruiser’s Seabourn Quest Ship Review. Just this… [Read More]

Humbled By Grandeur, Gigantic Glaciers: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Antarctic Glaciers

Look closely. Can you see the orange parkas against the Windex-blue glacier? They’d be easy to miss, the 10 or so Seabourn Quest guests in the Zodiac, exploring a massive glacier on one day of our voyage to Antarctica. I remember the day well. A group of us were on another Zodiac, far enough away for me to snap… [Read More]

She Inspired All Of Us, Mobility Impaired But No Holds Barred: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Wheelchair Antarctica

I received an email from a reader the other day. She writes: Ralph, I travel to the Magical White Wonderland vicariously with you in every posting, as I am longing to go. I have held off this long as I am not sure whether it would be worth my while as I am almost chained to… [Read More]

‘My Brown-Eyed Seal': Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Weddell seal

Penguins weren’t the only marine life that we saw on our Antarctic voyage this past December on Seabourn Quest. We saw lots of seals too, including Weddell seals, like the one shown in the photo above. Seals like this one can dive to depths of more than 300 feet, slowing their heart rates to just a… [Read More]

Caviar On Seabourn Quest’s Sun, er, ‘Snow’ Deck: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Caviar on the sun deck: Ralph Grizzle with Seabourn Quest Assistant Maitre'd Damir Pedic, cruising Antarctica this past December. © 2014 Avid Travel Media Inc.

Seabourn is well known for its iconic Caviar In The Surf. The event works like this: Shoreside, staff, some clad in tuxedos, plunge into the water and invite guests to wade in for iced champagne and caviar at a surfboard bar. The lavish affair often includes a barbecue lunch, watersports, music and time to soak up the sun on… [Read More]

The Most All-Inclusive River Cruise Company Goes To …

rca

Confession: I love small ships, expedition vessels, barges and river cruises. I suppose I’ve done my share of big-ship cruising. Big ships are ideal for vacations, but I’m looking for experiences, and I find that small ships deliver those on a more consistent basis than do big ships. Your mileage may vary, as they say in those automobile… [Read More]

Rock, No Roll, Gentoo Penguin Nest-Building Habits: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Penguin With Stone

Gentoo penguins, like the one pictured here, are ground-nesting birds. It’s fun to watch the waddlers at work, gathering stones for their nests. You’ll see plenty of them, and plenty of them at work, on an Antarctic voyage. A Gentoo couple, which often forms long-lasting bonds, is highly nurturing. At breeding time, for example, both parents will work to build… [Read More]