Charlotte Bay and Cuverville Island

Dec 24, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion sailed overnight from the South Shetland Islands to the core of the Antarctic Peninsula, where we marveled at the landscapes, wildlife and sheer scale of this breathtaking continent. Our cruising ground this Christmas Eve were within the Gerlache Strait, named in honor of the leader of a Belgian expedition in the late 1890s that diligently mapped (and named) the northwest coast of the Peninsula. Above and beyond their daily responsibilities, the ship’s crew have thoroughly decorated the ship with elaborate gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, and lights: We look forward to sharing the holidays together tomorrow!

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Deb Goodwin


Passionate about creating opportunities for explorers of all ages to engage with wild and under-studied places, Deb embraces the power of immersive experiences to inspire curiosity and conservation. Extended backcountry expeditions as a teen jumpstarted this commitment and continue to motivate her travels. No matter the location, she observes the natural environment with a detective’s mindset, seeking to understand how local history, geology, weather, and ecological processes together shape the coastal land- and seascape. 

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