Antarctica Trip and Blog Update for March
So I will be leaving for Antarctica Saturday, where I will be running a full marathon and hopefully complete it and to join the Seven Continents club having ran a marathon on all 7 continents. I haven’t even packed yet, which can be problem. Here are some posts about my trip.
Here is the itinerary for the trip (more detailed version in the planning post). My schedule will be shifted by a day as I am leaving on the second ship:
March 1 – Depart from your home city for overnight flights to Buenos Aires.
March 2 – Flights arrive in Buenos Aires and passengers transfer to the Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires.
March 3 – Day of tours and dinner.
March 4 – Another day free to explore Buenos Aires.
March 5 – Passengers transfer to the domestic airport for early morning flight to Ushuaia. Board the ship at about 4:00pm for departure to Antarctica. Welcome reception and briefing on shipboard safety. Evening film, Ice Birds.
March 6-7 – Days at sea crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. The open bridge policy invites everyone to get a bird’s eye view of the navigational activity alongside the Captain and his crew. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica.
March 8 – Land Ho! We drop the race operations crew on King George for a day of race preparation.
March 9– Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The race will start about 09:00. Post-Race Party and celebration during the evening.
March 10 – Weaving among the icebergs, our destination is Paradise Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
March 11-12 – We leave the “White Continent” to re-cross the Drake Passage.
March 13-14 – We spend two days at sea on our return voyage hoping for calm seas to glory in the memory of accomplishing a life-changing experience. We first sight land at Cape Horn, Chile where we will approach our return port at Ushuaia.
March 15 – This morning will find us in Ushuaia at about 8:00am when we disembark and check-in for our return flights to Buenos Aires and then onward to your international flights back home.
I have been really busy lately and barely had time to post in the last two weeks. I may have a few posts for next week but there probably won’t be any posts until late March as internet is hard to come by in Antarctica and in Drake Passage. I’m sure Magellan had the same wifi issues during his voyage.
I may have a short summary post of my Antarctica trip once I get back to Buenos Aires on May 16th! I will also finish my trip report through Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong Marathon 2014 by late March.