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Antarctica: A Quick Recap

64° 50'S, 062° 32'W
Our very first landing on December 15, 2017 in Neko Harbour, Antarctica: 64° 50'S, 062° 32'W

Made it back from Antarctica-#DidntDie

I'm behind on life as usual, but I wanted to try and throw up a quick Antarctica recap because I've gotten quite a few questions. My goal, over the next two weeks, is to get several posts up. When I was prepping for this trip, I had a hard time finding really good, detailed information all in one place, so this is what I want to be able to provide to all of you. But because of the MASSIVE amount of information that I want to share, it just has to be broken down into several posts.

December 2017: Our South America & Antarctica Itinerary

 The two questions I've been asked the most are:
"Are you really, really, seriously flying LAN Airlines again?"
"Where / when / what are you doing / seeing?" 

Pirates of the Middle East.....in 2017

Let's get right to it. In the last several days, I've come across FOUR versions of an article in which a passenger named Carolyne Jasinski tells a greatly exaggerated tale of sailing through the Gulf of Aden and pirates. Maybe greatly exaggerated is an understatement. Few things in life irritate me more than the dissemination of false information as it relates to travel. And going out of your way to spread lies and hysteria and fear will most definitely invoke a response from me. If you're interested in reading this work of fiction, you can find one version of the article HERE.

Some quick background on myself: I was fortunate enough to spend most of the first four months of 2017 aboard the Norwegian Star, getting on in Hong Kong in January, disembarking in Sydney, and then returning for the Dubai to Venice leg, finishing in mid-April. If I sound familiar, then there's a good chance that you may recognize me from one of the hundreds of news articles published after the NCL Star was damaged, eventually losing both azipods and spending time adrift in the ocean.  Let's just say that it's been an interesting year to be me.

Things To Do In Darwin Australia: The Cage Of Death

Anytime I need to find sometime crazy to try when I'm traveling, the first thing that I do is text Janine from www.travelrunlive.com because she's the absolute best at finding these crazy, off the beaten path things to do. And since the cruise line wasn't offering anything remotely interesting in Darwin, Australia (also known as one of the few ports that didn't get cancelled), she found this gem for me: The Cage of Death.