Lemaire Channel - Antarctica

After two splendid landings earlier in the day at Danco Island & Neko Harbor, we went through the incredibly scenic Lemaire Channel that evening. While we had overcast weather that reduced the views, it was still pretty nifty making our way through this narrow passage ... especially when we passed the Orlova, another Antarctica cruise ship, coming the other way. And we renamed it the Lemaire Love Channel when we found out the wife of one of our guides (Brando) was a guide on the Orlova ... so he Zodiac'd over for a ... uhhhh ... quick visit! ;-)

Chief Officer is at the helm as we enter the Lemaire Channel

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Captain Alexey shows up to as we get closer

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The weather wasn't the most scenic, but it added to the surreal experience

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Captain Alexey takes over as we come across the Orlova - mouseover image to see it pass close by

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We actually circled the Orlova a few times

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Brando was quite excited to Zodiac over - he hasn't seen his wife in weeks! ;-)

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It was a quick visit - hope they got some private time ... ;-)

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Lemaire Channel on the Radar - click here to see close-up ... note 0.210 NM distance scale!

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After the surreal experience of cruising through the Lemaire Channel, we hit the sack for a good nights sleep before our last day in Antarctica and the Polar Plunge at Port Charcot.

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