KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Expedition ships visit the frozen
continent during the Antarctic
summer — December, January,
February — leaving from Ushuaia,
Argentina. For 12-day trips, costs
run from $7,000 to $15,000 per
person; the Bernons paid $4,000.
For info about how to obtain
half-price discounts on similar trips, visit this story online.
to be left behind, incapable of maturing in time.
The life-and-death drama amid the ice palaces was unlike any-
thing we’d experienced. Our hearts were forever in our throats on
our hikes up these shimmering white mountains to find the nesting
grounds of different species, or on Zodiac rides around the bergs to
find seal families sunning on the floes. Once again, as is often the case
for us, it was a boat that had brought Douglas and me to an extraor-
dinarily personal moment in our lives, a corner of the world where
no photographs could do justice, where no news reports could make
us appreciate as deeply as we do now how precious and fragile the
balance is in nature and in life — a timely reminder on the occasion
of one’s 20th anniversary.
Bernadette and Douglas spent six years cruising their 39-footer throughout the Caribbean to South America. Enjoy the amusing blog of that journey, “The Log Of Ithaka,” exclusively at www.BoatUS.com/cruising