Antarctica Marathon 2014: Day 6: Paradise Bay

Antarctica Marathon 2014: Day 6: Paradise Bay

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This is a post about our time in Paradise Bay, along with a champagne toast to cap off the cruise!

Day 6: Paradise Bay, First and only Continental Antarctica Landing

We kayaked this day and it was absolutely magical. Stunning. See the previous post for more details about that. There was abundant sunshine for the first time on the cruise. The staff mentioned how this was the best day in three weeks hands down. The second best day in three weeks was actually our marathon day, so we really got lucky on this trip.

We took off from the beach and paddled around the bay. We then met a whale that came up near our kayaks multiple times. There were some good footage of the whale around us.

We then paddled near the glacier and got some great shots with the sunshine. We paddled into some brash ice. Unfortunately one of our group picked a fight with an iceberg and lost. His kayak flipped over. He was perfectly fine and managed to keep his head completely dry. He got back into the kayak about twenty minutes later.

Some of our group broke off from our kayak group so that they can go on shore and do a polar plunge.

I paddled forward and waited for the bay to calm down and took a few stunning pictures with the calm water. The photos I got here were stunning.

Afternoon cruise

The afternoon was just a short cruise on the Zodiac boats. We cruised on the other side of the bay and saw three different types of seals. We also saw some more penguins playing around in the water. They seem to be chicks as they look very playful in the water.

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Champagne Toast:

There was a small champagne toast for the entire ship before we set sail back home on the deck behind the bar/lounge. It essentially capped off an amazing cruise in the Antarctica.

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Our expedition leader was the one leading the champagne toast.

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