Dotted line ho! ~ Not said by any sailor anywhere, any time
26 January…Cruising Day 4
I can certify that you don’t feel a bump when you cross the Antarctic Circle.
On 26-1-2016 at 07:41 local time we crossed the Antarctic Circle and the King Neptune celebration commenced shortly thereafter.
We had much to celebrate as earlier ‘Crossing the Circle’ Quark expeditions were unable to venture this far south for various reasons; we were the first for the season. Yes!
Group pictures were taken, libations were toasted, we were soooo fortunate.
An example of how fortunate we were for the whole expedition, at one point we intersected the Quark Diamond. Even being on a very similar itinerary –less the Circle–, the Diamond was unable to make a few of the same landings even by a day that we were able to make. No zodiac cruises, no shore landings, sad passengers.
After the ceremonial crossing, we headed to Andresen Island where we made our first zodiac excursion and saw this along the way:
The zodiacs were lowered and boarding commenced.
And then we cruised toward the island (no landing) to see Adelie penguins…our first large grouping.
From Andresen Island, we head out through sea ice to see what we could see….
And then we sail into this……
And then I saw and managed to grab a pic of this very hard to spot white-against-white….
Going forward from this point, the posts will be primarily pictures…as our days did not vary much as far as daily routine with the exception of a couple of scheduled special events….that only took place if conditions permitted. Of course.