Spending New Year’s with the penguins and whales in Antarctica
Zodiac excursion in Antarctica

Spending New Year’s with the penguins and whales in Antarctica

Everyone is busy getting ready for the black-tie New Year’s Eve bash. Here in Antarctica, it’s a giant penguin party, of course. Whales are invited too

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To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids
Fur Seals, King Penguins and our ship Le Boreal

To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids

We walked amid thousands of penguins (we saw five species) not bothered by our presence and fur seals who were. The huge elephant seals ignored us, as did the humpback whales we watched from zodiacs.

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Snow fun in the sun in Antarctica on New Years Eve!
Kids making snowballs at Nekko Harbour on Antarctic Penninsula

Snow fun in the sun in Antarctica on New Years Eve!

The kids—and some of the parents from this Abercrombie & Kent expedition to Antarctica -- are sliding down the hill they’ve just trudged up on their backsides. It is so warm everyone has shed parkas, hats and mittens.

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Day One in Antarctica – kids try a spin in the Zodiacs
Kids try driving a Zodiac in Antarctica

Day One in Antarctica – kids try a spin in the Zodiacs

We’re ashore with Abercrombie & Kent on the rocky, crescent shaped Half Moon Island which was known to sealers as early as 1821. The stars of the show are the Chinstrap Penguins

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Watch for whales, seabirds and penguins on icebergs in the Antarctic
Chinstrap penguins frolic on iceberg in middle of Southern Ocean

Watch for whales, seabirds and penguins on icebergs in the Antarctic

Adults and kids alike on the Abercrombie & Kent trip aboard Le Boreal are on deck, bundled in parkas and hats as we pass a giant iceberg where Chinstrap penguins frolic

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Last Day on South Georgia Island – learning animal behavior
A juvenile elephant seal on South Georgia Island

Last Day on South Georgia Island – learning animal behavior

This morning in Gold Harbor on the southern end of South Georgia, an elephant seal pup, just a few months old, approached Sophie as if to say “Be my friend!”

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Christmas Morning on South Georgia Island – tens of thousands of Penguins!
Oakum Boy (in brown feathers) and his King Penguin mom on South Georgia Island

Christmas Morning on South Georgia Island – tens of thousands of Penguins!

All around us thousands of King Penguins are squawking, as if to say “what did you bring me for Christmas!”

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Reaching out and touching a penguin at Sea World Orlando
The Rockhopper Penguin

Reaching out and touching a penguin at Sea World Orlando

The adults are busy catching up while the kids swim and play, but this isn’t any waterfront playground on a late summer day. This is a unique playground for penguins — “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins” — the largest expansion ever at SeaWorld Orlando.

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