This page was never completed.  Photos were never uploaded for the final six days of our cruise.

 

For information about booking a cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, contact Barbara Stein

at Post Haste Travel Virtuoso:  1-800-881-7690 or barbara@posthastetravel.com

Complete contact information for Barbara is online at www.barbarastein.biz.

 

Ted Cookson & Barbara Stein's cruise
to the Antarctic Peninsula
on the 114-passenger Corinthian II

20 February-2 March 2009

 

                              

Life is not easy in the Antarctic.  A Gentoo penguin protects her chicks at Neko Harbor on the Antarctic
Peninsula on 26 February 2009.  Unseen is a brown skua which lurks in the left background, hoping
for a
meal if the mother is not vigilant.  To view a video clip of this penguin family and the skua, click on this link:
Gentoo penguin mother with chicks and brown skua predator.
 

 


Maps of our cruise route:

 

This is an overview of our cruise itinerary along the Antarctic Peninsula.


 

This detail map shows the locations of some of our landing sites and Zodiak

tours in and around the Gerlache Strait.  During the course of six days we
landed at nine sites:  Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff (on the Antarctic
Peninsula), Cuverville Island, Port Lockroy, Palmer Station, Neko Harbor

(also on the Antarctic Peninsula), Whalers Bay and Pendulum Cove in
Deception Bay on Deception Island, and Hannah Point on Livingston Island. 

We also enjoyed one-hour Zodiak tours off Pleneau Island and in the Melchior
Islands.

 


Click on the link below to view (in a Word file):

Our Antarctic cruise expedition log
by Dr. Jean Kenyon

 

Click on the link below to view (in an Excel file):

Antarctic species checklist for our cruise
by Samuel Blanc

 

 

 

Daily Program - 20 Feb 2009


In this view over beautiful Ushuaia, Argentina's southernmost city, our blue-hulled cruise ship, Corinthian II, is the second

vessel from the back of the pier on the right, opposite the much larger Regent Seven Seas Navigator.  The end of the runway

and a hangar at Ushuaia Airport can also be seen on the peninsula at right.


Corinthian II, shown here being resupplied while tied up at Ushuaia, is a very comfortable cruise ship.  For details about
this vessel, please visit www.traveldynamicsinternational.com/shipinfo.asp?ShipID=2.

 

Barbara and I flew American Airlines Miami-Dallas-Buenos Aires on 18-19 February.  Unfortunately, Barbara's only checked
bag did not arrive with us in Buenos Aires.  So, needless to say, she was ecstatic when her rerouted bag was finally
delivered to the ship the next day less than half an hour prior to sailing! 
 

 

Daily Program - 21 Feb 2009

 

Daily Program - 22 Feb 2009: 
Half Moon Island

Half Moon Island Fact Sheet


Our first Antarctic landing was onto the pebbled beach of Half Moon Island.

Barbara surveys part of Half Moon Island's large chinstrap penguin colony.  Argentina's temporary Camara Research Station
looms in the distance.



The chinstraps were molting during our visit.  Note the many feathers that have fallen onto the
rocks.


Chinstrap penguins, which are about 27 inches high and weigh some 9 pounds, live in the barren islands of the sub-Antarctic
region and on the Antarctic Peninsula.  Chinstraps eat krill and some fish, and they in turn are eaten mainly by leopard
seals.  There are about 12 million chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic, and they live to be 15-20 years old.



Daily Program - 23 Feb 2009: 
Brown Bluff (on the Antarctic Peninsula)

Brown Bluff Fact Sheet


Originally we were scheduled to land at Argentina's Esperanza Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula on the morning

of 23 February.  However, because base personnel were busy unloading a supply ship when we arrived, we reverted to
"Plan B" and sailed to nearby Brown Bluff for a landing.


Ted poses with a Gentoo penguin on the beach at Brown Bluff.

Three Adelie penguins rest on a rock.  This is the only group of Adelies we saw on the entire cruise.


A Weddell seal basks on an iceberg.

 

The Weddell seal looks up to check out the tourists in their Zodiac.
 

Penguins cling to an iceberg in the Gerlache Strait en route from Brown Bluff to Cuverville Island.

 

Daily Program - 24 Feb 2009: 
Cuverville Island
Cuverville Island Fact Sheet


On the morning of 24 February we spent an hour roaming across the beach at Cuverville Island in

light sleet.  By the time we departed, the sleet had turned to snow. 


Although Barbara is smiling, the Gentoo to her right appears to take exception to her presence.  We were instructed to keep
at least 15 feet away from all Antarctic wildlife.


Sometimes the best laid (15-foot) plans come to naught.  This Gentoo penguin sought warmth in a
human lap.


In this view of Cuverville Island the Gentoo penguin colonies at either end of the beach can be seen as well as one of the
Zodiaks from Corinthian II.  Our landing site was in between the two penguin colonies.
 

This Gentoo appeared to be quite comfortable on a snow-covered patch of the beach.
 


Rain drops don't penetrate Gentoo penguin feathers.

 


The daily buffet lunch on Corinthian II was always delicious.
 


After returning from shore excursions when there had been some liquid sunshine, we hung our wet gear up
in our suite to dry.



Goudier Island (Bransfield House at Port Lockroy, which is run by the British Antarctic Heritage Trust)
Goudier Island (Port Lockroy) Fact Sheet

 


Landing at Port Lockroy involves climbing onto these rocks, which were a bit slippery in the light snow.

 

Bransfield House, operated by the British Antarctic Heritage Trust (www.heritage-antarctica.org) only during the Southern
Hemisphere summer, contains a gift shop, post office, museum, and living quarters for four British staffers.  The lucky male
manager, shown in the doorway wearing a blue parka, supervises three young female employees.

 

Bransfield House is surrounded by a thriving Gentoo penguin colony.

 

The Bransfield House gift shop is very well-supplied.  The postal clerks work at the counter behind the book rack here at the

front of the shop. 

 

The museum at Bransfield House exhibits, among many other things, old cans and bottles of food.

 

Mail posted at Bransfield House in Port Lockroy is sent via ship to Stanley in the Falkland Islands.  From there it is carried by

air to England.
 

This museum poster in Bransfield House provides an historical overview of British postal services in Antarctica.

 

This museum display shows the designs of stamps issued in 1946 for use in the Falkland Islands Dependences, including Port
Lockroy.

 

Staff living quarters at Bransfield House might be termed "cozy."

 

Daily Program - 25 Feb 2009:

Pleneau Island (Zodiak tour)
Pleneau Island Fact Sheet
 

Anvers Island (Palmer Station, which is a U. S. research station)

 

Daily Program - 26 Feb 2009:
Neko Harbor (on the Antarctic Peninsula)

Neko Harbor Fact Sheet


Melchior Islands (Zodiak tour)

 

Daily Program - 27 Feb 2009:

Deception Island (Whalers Bay)

Whalers Bay Fact Sheet

 

Deception Island (Pendulum Cove)

 

Livingston Island (Hannah Point)

Hannah Point Fact Sheet

 

Daily Program - 28 Feb 2009
 

Daily Program - 01 Mar 2009

 

Daily Program - 02 Mar 2009

 

 

For reference only:

Barrientos Island (Aitchos Islands) Fact Sheet (This is an alternative landing site that was not visited during our cruise.)

 



December 20, 2013