Feb 04, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer
The large body of water between the southern tip of Argentina and the Antarctic Peninsula is called the Drake Passage. Sandwiched on either side by the South Pacific Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean, it has a fierce reputation. Our trip south from Ushuaia over a week ago was deceptive. The Drake was calm, it was sleeping, its claws were sheathed, and we escaped to Antarctica with the carefree attitude of those who have avoided dire consequences without being aware of them.
Today, the Drake has awoken. It had teeth, and we were in its maw. Having slipped through its hands the first time, it wasn’t letting us get away with it a second time. It is fortunate, then, that we were aboard the National Geographic Explorer, a ship more than capable of taking on the Drake Passage and coming away unscathed. We rocked, we rolled, we shuddered, but we endured. Our guests were showing, in the main, great resilience in the face of roiling seas. Admittedly there were a handful of green faces, but they’ve just had one of the most incredible experiences of their lives, so it’s a small price to pay.
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