On this particular expedition I was finally able to see and photograph Emperor Penguins for the first time… On our journey home I also saw the Aurora Borealis for the first time shimmering above the ship which was really cool.”
- Name: Andrew
- Destination: The Ross Sea / East Antarctic beneath Australia and New Zealand
- Expedition Vessel: The World
- Itinerary Name: Exclusive Emperors of the Ross Sea
- Month of Travel: JAN/FEB
- 3 words that best describe the way you love to travel? Purposeful, remote, photogenic.
I work as an expedition doctor and was employed to be part of the team providing an expedition experience in the Ross Sea for residents and their guests on ‘The World’.
For me travelling to Antarctica is about combining my skills as a doctor, adventurer and photographer and using those skills to enable others to learn from and experience a very special part of the planet.
On this particular expedition I was finally able to see and photograph Emperor Penguins for the first time – stragglers who hadn’t yet left the ice edge to feed in the ocean before returning to the ice over winter. On our journey home I also saw the Aurora Borealis for the first time shimmering above the ship which was really cool.
We broke a world record for the furthest south sailed by a ship when the captain nosed the bow right up against the Ross Ice shelf. I now have a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records as does every person on the ship.
The crew and expedition staff are what make these trips really work and I enjoy getting to know and working with people from all over the world with skills and knowledge very different to mine. It’s a great learning experience.
A journey to the Ross Sea is one of the world’s great open ocean voyages, I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure who wants to see the ‘real’ Antarctica as distinct from the much more commonly visited Antarctic Peninsula.
Next, I’m headed to Ladakh in India to lead a photographic tour for ‘Crooked Compass’ looking for Snow Leopards in the mountains.
*** Andrew was a member of staff on board The World, which explored the Ross Sea on a private voyage exclusive to ‘owners’. ***