However, in addition to lots of water, there was quite a bit of wildlife that followed us for large distances, an occasional whale and other sea creatures, and as we ventured South, plenty of icebergs that often had penguins on 'em. There was also numerous on-board lectures and good food & company, plus I worked on my Antarctica photography techniques and edited pictures ... so I was pleasantly surprised how fast the open sea cruising went.
Finally, it can get rough (the Drake Passage has some legendary weather) but it never got super nasty on us. I only got sick once (the first morning) and had semi-decent sea-legs after that. Taking Ginger tablets seemed to help, although I felt woozy the last few days due to rough seas and a cold.
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Most people caught up on sleep (after all the 5:30AM Zodiac runs) so except for meals, the ship was pretty quiet. I started going through the almost 10,000 (!) pictures I took on the trip plus some other great ones taken by my fellow passengers to prepare a slide show for the last evening. As we entered the Beagle Channel late in the afternoon on Feb 9th (Day 18), the water calmed down and everyone's spirits picked up. We had an enjoyable last dinner and then re-capped the incredible adventure in the Panoramic Lounge. I finally went to bed at 2:00AM ... even though there would be a wake-up 4 hours later when we docked at Ushuaia and returned back to land. Although that didn't seem that stable as I felt a slight back-n-forth sway back on land for the next 48 hours or so after 19 days at sea! ;-)