This morning the guests of National Geographic Explorer woke up to the optimistic, but wisely cautious headline on the daily program: “Possibly Pleasant Drake Passage.” Crossing the Drake Passage, a notorious section of the Atlantic Ocean, is the price that one has to pay in order to enter the wonderland of Antarctica’s spectacular beauty. Fortunately, we experienced a pleasant and almost lake-like Drake sea state. We used the day at sea to sort our photos, catch up on our travel journals and enjoy sights of all the amazing seabirds, such as the wandering albatross, who make their home in the Drake Passage. We also attended fascinating presentations from the talented naturalists and reflected on all the amazing experiences we had in Antarctica.
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Our voyage began in tumultuous seas, but by morning, the famed Drake Passage had calmed, settling into seas that rolled rather than rocking our hull. It is difficult to think of a more appropriate start than this. As we sail towards a land that at first glance seems harsh and unforgiving, but may reward adventurers with fortitude. Here now among the albatross and petrels, we find ourselves beyond the scope of civilization. What better place to be?