The Polar Bear Bar at Night. There were basically 2 bars on board – 1 was the Lounge Bar which did a Happy Hour from around 4 – 6pm ish. Then later on was the Polar Bear Bar – it was our “local” in Antarctica.
The Route Map – live and constantly updated to show exactly where we were. I had many maps with me as well as 3 books and I was updating my notes all the time.
Information Boards. Believe me there were a lot of these and it would have been impossible to read everything.
The Sauna. I wore Haya’s bikini for no reason other than Antarctica is a crazy experience and you do these things. Rodrigo and Russell seemed slightly more normal though.
I’ve written quite a lot about Antarctica already, easily the best trip I have ever been on, but just felt it was an idea to write about the actual vessel that took us there and the wonderful crew that kept us safe and entertained.
Some notes on the Motorship Expedition:
MS Expedition is an expedition cruise ship owned and operated by the Canada-based G Adventures (formerly known as Gap Adventures). She was built as a car/passenger ferry in 1972 by Helsingör Skibs & Maskinbygg, Helsingør, Denmark as MS Kattegat for Jydsk Færgefart A/S. Subsequently she sailed under the names MS nf Tiger for P&O Normandy Ferries, MS Tiger for Townsend Thoresen and MS Ålandsfärjan for Viking Line, prior to conversion into a cruise ship in 2008.
More here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Expedition
Nationalities Met On Board – Chilean, Argentinian, Brazilian, Israeli, Northern Irish (me), Irish, Australian, Hong Kongese, Vietnamese, Philippines, US, Canadian, Scottish, English, French, German, Swiss, New Zealand, Italian, Belgian, Austrian, Russian, Bulgarian, Japanese, Danish.
Days Spent On Board – 12/13
Bars Visited – Lounge Bar (Happy Hour), Polar Bear Bar
Favourite Beer – Beagle Channel Ale
Countries Sailed In – Argentina, Chile, Antarctica
Continents Sailed In – South America, Antarctica
SEEING THE MS EXPEDITION FOR THE FIRST TIME PRE-TRIP IN USHUAIA:
ARRIVAL IN MY ROOM 319 ON BOARD THE MS EXPEDITION:
INSIDE MY ROOM 319:
ONBOARD THE MS EXPEDITION ON THE BEAGLE CHANNEL:
ON THE BEAGLE CHANNEL:
BREAKFAST ON BOARD THE MS EXPEDITION:
ERNEST SHACKLETON LECTURE ON BOARD:
FIRST SIGHTING OF ANTARCTICA:
JULIO’S SPEECH ONBOARD THE MS EXPEDITION:
SNOWSTORM ON DECK:
JULIO’S ANNOUNCEMENT ONBOARD MS EXPEDITION:
STEVIE ADMITS HE’S DRUNK ON THE MS EXPEDITION:
FOLDING MY EARS ONBOARD THE MS EXPEDITION:
FINAL NIGHT DRINKS ON BOARD THE MS EXPEDITION: