If you’ve ever wondered if travel writers are ever jealous or envious of the trips their colleagues and friends are taking, I’m here today to answer that question: yes. Yes we do.

At the moment, my friend and Avid Cruiser colleague Ralph Grizzle is sailing the icy polar waters of Antarctica which, as anyone who has read this site longer than about a month will know, is one of my ultimate bucket-list destinations.

That he’s sailing aboard Silverseas intimate Silver Explorer is enough to make me want to weep into my evening whisky.

Antarctica, as seen from onboard Silversea's Silver Explorer. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Antarctica, as seen from onboard Silversea’s Silver Explorer. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Too much? Perhaps not. If you’ve never seriously considered Antarctica as a destination before, Ralph’s reports from the first week of his voyage are likely enough to make even the most jaded sun-worshipper want to pack their bags and head south to Ushuaia. In fact, so popular are these voyages that they routinely sell out years in advance.

His journey so far:

It may be just you, the ice and the Penguins in Antarctica, but the only continent without a permanent population boasts one of the richest, often tragic, histories in the world. It was here that British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott got himself into trouble on his way to beat Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen to fame and glory in the quest to reach the South Pole. Amundsen bested Scott by mere weeks, leaving the latter and his small party of explorers that included Henry Robertson “Birdie” Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates, and Dr. Edward Wilson to perish on their return journey.

Antarctica is also known for Ernest Shackleton’s disastrous Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914. While they failed to accomplish their objective, the expedition is known today for its incredible feats of humankind that included a massive 1,300 kilometre escape across the open ocean (in exposed boats) to reach the islands of South Georgia.

Follow along with Ralph’s journey on our joint Live Voyage Reports website!

From the Deck Chair will return tomorrow.


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