Antarctica for the Second Time: Flying Over the Drake Passage
What’s the difference between sailing and flying over the Drake Passage? Hear from past guest Barbara, who has done both, and watch her video for an overview of the journey.
Travel to Antarctica for the Second Time: Flying Over the Drake Passage
This past season, Barbara visited Antarctica for the second time. As a 90-year-old woman, she has been fortunate to travel the world – 7 continents, 100 countries, and counting! Her first trip to Antarctica was in 2008 on a traditional cruise departing from Ushuaia, where she and her husband, Ernie, boarded a ship and sailed the Drake Passage. Although it had not been too rough on the trip down, it was very turbulent on the trip back.
Years later, Antarctica was still a destination that stuck with her – its otherworldly beauty and mystique beckons intrepid travelers like her to explore it. Recently, a good friend of Barbara’s invited her to share a cabin with her on another cruise to Antarctica. Thrilled to go again, but sailing across the Drake was a sore subject. Luckily, flying over the Drake Passage with Antarctica21’s air-cruise sounded too good to pass up! She relished flying over the Drake Passage and getting straight to smooth sailing in the Southern Ocean after only a 2-hour flight.
Even for a second-time traveler, the experience was still remarkable for Barbara. She describes her journey as, ‘’Being again in a place where the scenery overwhelms you with its beauty. The wildlife completely charms and delights, and the fellow travelers from all over the world are the most interesting and stimulating people. The staff and the educational presentations were the best. Not to mention the photography; where else can one find such amazing photo opportunities in the world?’’
Antarctica is a place where you feel the fragile beauty of our incredible planet and the importance of doing everything we can to preserve it. Barbara creates videos of her travel experiences. We invite you to watch her video featuring a collection of photos and videos taken during her air-cruise with Antarctica21.
Photos and story by past guest Barbara Werren. She traveled on a Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise Expedition on Magellan Explorer in February 2022.
Interested in flying across the Drake Passage? Speak to one of our polar experts for more information!