|There we were, sitting on a Zodiac boat in Pleneau Bay sipping on French champagne. Was that ever fun!|
The excitement keeps coming and coming. This exquisite ship and its staff go over the top to make this an exceptional experience for all of its passengers, even when circumstances may not be ideal. All passengers, based on languages spoken are broken up into color groups, red, green, yellow with blue for us and many of our English speaking new friends.
|Tom taking a sip of champagne.|
Now, we aren’t the type of people looking for special favors or expecting to be given alternate spots in a line. We patiently await our turn, regardless of the circumstances. With the ship’s careful planning to get each passenger a full experience, when the last boat arrived, a group of 10 was taken before us and we were told we wouldn’t be able to go. We’d missed our opportunity and we headed back indoors to get out of the hot and bulky clothing.
|All 10 of us on the boat were handed champagne flutes while Chris filled our glasses.|
Within moments, the ship’s hotel manager Florent, approached us stating he was going to find a solution for the four of us to get out on the Zodiac for at least a 30-minute expedition of Paradise Bay, as opposed to the planned 75-minute tour. We insisted it wasn’t necessary. It was our fault we’d failed to get to board in a timely manner.
|Chris, a high ranking naturalist on board drove the Zodiac and hosted the toasting of the champagne.|
The four of us boarded the 10 passenger boat and our driver took us on a superb tour of the area. As it turned out the tour was almost for an hour and we were grateful, promising we’d never miss a scheduled time again and we haven’t.
|The champagne and flute carriers were loaded on to all of the Zodiac boats.|
|We were told we’d stay away from most of the icebergs, many of which could collapse at any moment.|
As for all the remainder of the expeditions, we walked as much as I could, at times avoiding the highest and hardest climbs. The doctor has said I could walk but not climb.
|A mushroom-shaped iceberg was much bigger than it appears in the photo.|
We don’t feel as if we’ve missed a thing. We took thousands of photos, experiencing interesting and unusual sightings fulfilling all of our goals in visiting our seventh and final continent, the vast Antarctic and its many wonders.
|Our favorite bartender, Nick. He’s quite a guy!|
|A Crbcatcher Seal taking the plunge.|
|Icebergs are so interesting and unusual. This was massive, many stories high,
As shown in today’s photos, we all had an unexpected special event of being served real French champagne aboard our Zodiac when we toured Pleneau, which is known as the “graveyard for icebergs”” where many icebergs end up in this region based on prevailing winds and tides.
Seeing each individually unique iceberg stacked up in this area and being served champagne at the same time, made this a very special experience, also as shown in today’s photo.
|Crabcatcher Seals lounging on an iceberg.|
|Tom with his Antarctic sunburn.|
Although, we’ve met a few passengers who’ve returned a few times, including one glaciologist scientist, Adie, who’s made this her 9th and last visit. Surely, she’ll be sad to say goodbye to this exquisite part of the world that some adventurers can’t get out of their system.
|A passing Silver Cloud ship.|
Photo from one year ago today, February 5, 2017:
Late 30’s model Ford at an old car show in Geeveston, Tasmania. For more photos, please click here.