Feb 19, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer
The day began early for many guests who opted to watch the ship cross south of the Antarctic Circle at 0200. As the rest of the guests slept the ship navigated further south into Marguerite Bay where a layer of fog sat low to the sea. National Geographic Photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes wowed a morning audience with tales from the ice before the fog finally decided to lift, allowing for spectacular views of the icy continent and the afternoons planned landing site, Red Rock Ridge.
After dinner we visited Stonington Island, home to American and British bases which are now managed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. The island was once connected to the continent by a stunning glacier which was eventually viewable through the fading fog. After touring the old British base everyone was entertained by the frequently calving glacier and local wildlife.
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