We are one Grey Goose bottle down.
We were quite lucky on our trip through Drake Passage as it was very smooth and we actually got to the South Shetland Islands earlier than planned so we hit the shore on our second day at sea. We went to Aitcho Islands where there were several thousand penguins. We saw Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. It does smell a bit but was really fun to watch them run about in what seems like offspring trying to get mom to feed them and spats between males over a female. It was a fantastic day with very little wind.
On our first full day south of the 62 degree latitude we visited the China Antarctica Research base they call the Great Wall that is different than the real Great Wall we saw in September. China is based here just to have a presence so if they open the Antarctica up to exploration of oil or minerals then they can participate. In the afternoon we went to Turret Point to visit the Elephant Seals and Antarctica Fur Seals. The Seals don’t see many humans and objected a little to our presence. The Elephants Seals did not even move when we approached. The weather turned a 180 and it was an “E” ticket ride back to the ship. The wind was blowing 30mph but as we watched TV, back in our cabin, the news was showing the East Coast and we were glad to be in the Antarctica.