You thought it was cold ... Couple walks with penguins on Antarctic cruise

Published on Saturday, 11 January 2014 20:54 - Written by From Staff Reports

When Warren and Cheryl Moore saw a documentary on Antarctica, they knew they had found their next adventure.

Mrs. Moore described the frigid continent as “amazing, awesome, astounding.”

“We’ve been fortunate to see a great deal of the world but this trip tops the list,” Warren Moore said.

“We’ve been fortunate to see a great deal of the world but this trip tops the list.”

When booking the trip, the couple “looked at several cruise lines who offer expeditions to Antarctica and chose Silversea because of their reputation for service and fine dining,” she said. “Their chefs are trained by Relais & Chateaux.”

The Bullard residents cruised from Ushuaia, Argen­tina — the southernmost city in the world — in November, spring on the Southern Hemisphere. The trip lasted 17 days and also cruised to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia before heading south to Antarctica. She said there were shorter 10-day cruises that head directly to the frozen land.

“We quickly learned on the first landing during our expedition that there weren't enough words to accurately describe what we were seeing. Whether we were walking with tens of thousands of penguins and enjoying their antics or watching fur seals sunbathing and orca whales surfacing from beneath ice floes, these were encounters found nowhere else on earth,” she said. “And the endless beauty of massive glaciers, icebergs as tall as multistoried buildings and tabular icebergs the size of dozens of city blocks that we saw up close from a Zodiac (boat) was more than we could have ever imagined.”

And the penguins? They’re followers.

“They are funny,” Mrs. Moore said. “Sometimes I’d turn around and there would be four or five of them marching along behind me.

“I’d stop, and they would stop. I’d continue walking and they'd continue along behind me.”