One of the main things you hear about when travelling to Antarctica is the fact that you have to travel through Drakes Passage which is where the Atlantic meets the Pacific Ocean and it is know for some of the roughest seas in the world. That night as we passed through this I did not manage much sleep as the passage lived up to its reputation, I could hear various objects in my room flying about the place and when I opened my eyes I could see my towel which I had hung on the back of my bathroom door was at a 90 degree angle. They call this the “drake shake” and I found out in the morning that this had been what is called medium drake which means it could have been worse.
At the breakfast hall in the morning and for most of the day the ship was like a ghost ship, apparently a lot of people were suffering the effects of the drake shake and feeling a bit worse for wear. I was fortunate that I did not really experience any ill effects from the sea during my trip, I did take a Dramamine each day during the Drakes passage journey to and from Antarctica so not sure if that helped.
The first task after breakfast was to pick up my complementary jacket which I got to keep, we were told to wear our thickets outer fleece to ensure a good fit when we put the jacket on. I was a little concerned when the guy handing out the jacket told me that I might want to try and find a thicker fleece, I mean the one I was wearing was so blood thick it took up a third of my suitcase!
The rest of the day was spent exploring the ship and all the amenities, there was not much of in terms of views or wildlife to enjoy just endless sea. There were a couple of lectures put on about the local wildlife and about optional add on that could be done. The most popular of which was camping on Antarctica, which cost £350 which seemed a little pricey (exploitative).
In the evening after dinner I headed to the observation deck/bar for a drink, unfortunately all the prices were in Kroners (it’s a Norwegian boat) and I have no Google to find out what a kroner is. It might have been a good thing as I had no idea how expensive my can of Everest beer was. I bumped into one of the exploration staff in the bar called Christine and got some good tips on what birds to see and what penguins to expect.