Our First Encounter With Penguins: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest, Penguins

“There are few places harder to get to in this world. But there aren’t any where it’s harder to live.” — Morgan Freeman narrating the introduction of “March of the Penguins” Here are a few things that all Antarctic travelers should know: Penguins live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly Antarctica. Their wings have evolved… [Read More]

From My Balcony, Icebergs: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest Balcony Antarctica

Yesterday, I wrote about an ‘Iceberg Ahead’ Our First Encounter With The White Continent and how guests gathered on the outer decks to view the floating chunk of ice. While Seabourn Quest was maneuvering to allow us to see all sides of the iceberg, I returned to my stateroom to enjoy the spectacle from my balcony. In fact, during our entire… [Read More]

‘Iceberg Ahead’ Our First Encounter With The White Continent: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day


Crossing the Drake Passage had turned out to be largely uneventful. Despite yesterday’s concerns of rough seas (see Preparing To Cross The Drake Passage), we crossed what Seabourn Quest Expedition Team Leader Robin West referred to as “Drake’s Lake.” Seas were calm and the ride was smooth. The day on board was filled with presentations by the… [Read More]

Preparing To Cross The Drake Passage: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Drake Passage, Robin West

After showing us penguins aplenty in the Falkland Islands — Chick Power, Cute & Woolly, A New Breed Of Penguin? & Perfectly Paired Penguins — Seabourn Quest set a course across the Drake Passage. Our destination: the South Shetland Islands, a group of islands situated about 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. To get there, we would need to transit nearly 600… [Read More]

Silversea To Include Shore Excursions & WiFi On 2015 Med Sailings

Silver Spirit In Venice

Silversea Cruises is kicking off 2015 with an enticing new program that includes shore excursions and WiFi. This program is available for new bookings made on or after January 15, 2015 on any of the line’s 52 Mediterranean cruises this year. “We’re delighted to enhance the value proposition for our guests with the launch of this… [Read More]

Port of Call: Saint-Malo, An Avid Cruiser Feature Video

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Trouble viewing the video? View on Youtube. One of Northwest France’s most attractive coastal towns, Saint-Malo has something to offer all cruise ship passengers: sublime scenery, bustling bars, trendy restaurants and cafes, cultural attractions, outdoor activities and Brittany’s best beaches. During my visit, I walked the ancient city wall above and around the town of Saint-Malo;… [Read More]

Chick Power: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Gentoo Penguin Chick

We only spent one day in the Falkland Islands on our way to Antarctica, but we saw several days worth of penguins it seemed. Yesterday, I wrote about Cute & Woolly, A New Breed Of Penguin? and the day before I posted Perfectly Paired Penguins. This photo completes my fascination with penguins — in the Falkland Islands. On the… [Read More]

Cute & Woolly, A New Breed Of Penguin? Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Early explorers thought the downy, brown penguins were a new species. The explorers described the odd looking creatures as "woolly" penguins. They are, in fact, King Penguin chicks. © 2014 Avid Travel Media Inc.

Yesterday, I wrote about how you’re not likely to see King Penguins in Antarctica and how many people are surprised to learn that they will not see large penguins at all once they reach the White Continent. What you will see in Antartica are smaller penguins — primarily the Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie. Antarctica does… [Read More]