A Serene Moment: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Peaceful Antarctica

A few days ago, I wrote about The Most Magical Of All Places, Neko Harbor. It would be hard to imagine a more picturesque setting or a more serene one. This is Antarctica at its best: a sunny day, snow-capped mountains all around, penguins waddling to and fro, the beauty of the still sea and the… [Read More]

Our Tiny Ship, Seabourn Quest Dwarfed By Towering Rocks: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest Una's Peaks

Antarctica is massive on a scale that is hard to comprehend. The towering rock in this photo illustrates how the continent’s natural features can humble and dwarf even something as large as a cruise ship carrying 450 guests and nearly as many crew. There are actually two towers, and they are known colloquially (cover your children’s ears)… [Read More]

Only 6 Cabins Left: Come Experience ‘The Good Life’ In The South Of France

6 Cabins left

10 days of barging and touring for US$3,625 per person I’ve worked out the details with my favorite tour operators, vineyards, attractions and my barge operator CroisiEurope, to establish prices for my first-ever hosted trip: $3,625 per person.  Only six cabins (of 12) remainfor the June barge trip in the south of France. Want to join us for a great trip or want… [Read More]

Penguin Quest: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest Antarctica

My photographs of Antarctica are about to come to a close. This week marks my last few photos in the series, Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day. I snapped this photo at the González Videla Base, a Chilean Research Station on the Antarctic mainland’s Waterboat Point in Paradise Bay. The penguins look like little old men, Charlie Chaplinesque,… [Read More]

The Most Magical Of All Places, Neko Harbor: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest Neko Harbor

Of all the places that I visited in Antarctica this past December, Neko Harbor was the most magical. The wide inlet on the Antarctic Peninsula was named for a Scottish whaling boat that operated in the area between 1911 and 1924. On the day that Seabourn Quest anchored here, the sky was blue and the temperature was… [Read More]

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

Ralph Grizzle Macbook

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]