Jan 21 2024

Foods & drinks on Diana

Food and drink on Swan’s ships are always good, till I get bored of it.


Day 2: a bending knife

  1. Wababi prawns – good
  2. French onion soup – without cheese
  3. Mixed garden – good
  4. Lamb chops – dry
  5. Chocolate cheese cake – mousse cake
  6. Strawberry sorbet – good
  7. Wine
    1. Crianza Viña Amézola Rioja 2018
    2. Chateau Grand Moulin Syrah 2016 – better


Buffet for day 1, as usual. The three wines are decent. Cutio for lunch and the other two for dinner, and the skipper with his team in the kitchen.



Jan 10 2024

Endurance: Shackleton; 1959

Antarctic book Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, 1959 by Alfred Lansing (1921-75, an American journalist).

Sir Ernest Shackleton (🇬🇧1874–1922) was one of the main pioneers during Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration – in the race to conquer the most remote land on earth Antarctica. Among his many adventures, the journey in 1914-7 to Antarctic was the most famous. And Lansing made his mark or fame with this book. Before this book, Shackleton felt into obscurity, far lesser known than Captain Robert Scott (1868-1912) – Shackleton’s first polar expedition was on Scott’s Discovery (1901-4), as the 3rd officer.

Shackleton’s Endurance sank in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica on Nov 21 in 1915. He died in 1922 in Grytviken, a hamlet on South Georgia. The ship wreck of Endurance was located by Endurance22 on March 5th, 2022, merely 4 miles from the spot where it sank, 9,869 feet deep. On January 8th, 2024, there are 10 Antarctic cruise ships, including Diana, docked at Ushuaia.

他多次探险征途中以”Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition”, 1914-7“帝国横贯南极探险” 最著名. 他死后大致默默无闻 直到Lansing这本书. The audio form is perhaps done in 2015 (?) 关于沙克尔顿的书有很多本 这本是公认最经典的. 作者以此书著名. (我看过的另外一本Going South 2017 确实没有这本好).
Endurance 坚忍号 在1915年11月21日在南极洲附近的威德尔海沉没. 残骸于2022年3月5日被发现.
今日的上天下海 一切一切 要感恩这些不同领域的先锋们.

Sep 25 2022

Swan Hellenic’s Vega

4:57pm on 2022.9.27 @ Qeqertarsuup Tunua, Greenland

This is my 3rd cruise trip, the first time on a small ship (definitely prefer small – no more big cruise), sailing on SH Vega to the Arctic. (More trips from Swan by Cruise Norway; Atlas.)

Vega is part of Swan Hellenic fleet, has made her maiden voyage two months early, in July 2022. (My last river cruise where the brand new ship’s bathrooms already smell terribly.) My first glimpse of Vega