5th March

Last night was a wild blizzard. A big swell coming in from the side made the ship twist and roll all night, and it was very hard to sleep. I was sliding up and down my bed like a yoyo. This morning the decks were covered with ice and snow and it was too dangerous to go out. About lunch time the storm abated and we came into an area littered with ice, lots of bergs and broken-up pack ice. The ship slowed right down, but there were still some loud BONGS as growlers ( icebergs just below the surface ) bashed into the ship’s hull. The sky behind us is grey and heavy but ahead are clear skies with some high cloud. It might be a lovely sunset, so I’d better go and have dinner ( the food is still fantastic ) and get back up on deck

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21st February

Its about 5.00 pm on my first day at sea. We are 200 nautical miles south-west of Hobart in fairly calm seas. I’m still finding my sea legs but haven’t been sick. The anti-seasick tablets make me very sleepy and I had a delicious sleep last night, feeling snug and safe in my bunk as the ship crashed through the sea.

22nd February

Ít doesn’t really feel as though I’m on my way to Antarctica. It feels more like I am on a floating health farm, fabulous food, great gym, no stresses or worries. It has been foggy all day today with calm seas but even so I am very careful about going on deck. It’s such a big ocean that I can’t help imagining how terrible it would be to fall overboard. I watched shearwaters ( mutton birds ) flying around the ship yesterday.