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 16 2024

Antarctic 南极

This Antarctic trip is long and exciting.

It’s from Tuesday January 16 to Wednesday February 14, visiting Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, and Rio de Janeiro. The cruise to the Antarctic is on board Swan Hellenic‘s Diana for 18 days, Jan 21 to Feb 7: In Shackleton‘s Footsteps.

My itinerary

  1. Buenos Aires
  2. UshuaiaDiana
    1. Falkland: West Point, Saunders Island – South Sandwich Islands wiki; Port Stanley
    2. South Georgia
    3. Antarctic Peninsula
  3. Rio de Janeiro

Because of the three round trips, we used the airport lounges a few times. At our last layover in Atlanta, we get to visit newly opened (that morning) Amex Centurion @ ATL.

  1. US↔Buenos Aires on Delta
  2. BAUshuaia on chartered Aerolineas
  3. BARio on British Air

A few geographical terms (hope I got it right): Antarctic 南极, Antarctica 南极洲,  Antarctic Peninsula 南极半岛 & Antarctic Circle 南极圈

  1. Antarctic is an area, includes Antarctica.
  2. Antarctica is one of 7 continents, sits almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle.
  3. Antarctic Peninsula, the continent Antarctica’s mainland.
  4. Antarctic Circle, is the most southerly of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of Earth, per wiki.

Unlike our Arctic trip where we saw more humans than animals, this trip we saw plenty animals and very few humans. Kayaking at St. Andrews Bay and Cove, paddle boarding at Copacabana Beach and polar plunge are some memorable activities.


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.

Feb 26 2023

Nathaniel Palmer, 1799-1877 

Unknown author, fm Wiki

Nathaniel Brown Palmer (August 8, 1799 – June 21, 1877) was an American seal hunter and ship designer, among a few other things he did well.

He was born and raised in Stonington CT, a descendant of Walter Palmer (1585-1661), one of the town’s founders, who also was the founder of Charlestown (the oldest neighborhood in Boston).

One of his adventures was to explore Antarctic in 1820, in his 47′ long sloop Hero. For vision comparison, my kayak is 12’6″ long.

Palmer Land (wiki) in Antarctica, is named after him.

Capt. Palmer was a major clipper ship designer and China trader, selling seal skin which was favored by the Chinese.

We visited his house in Stonington in 2021.

There is Stonington Island in Antarctic, named after him when he saw the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost part of mainland Antarctica on 1820.11.17 on his sloop 单桅帆船 Hero. That area would be known as Palmer Land nowadays (wiki: Graham Land in UK, O’Higgins Land in Chile and Tierra de San Martín in Argentina). Stonington Island (wiki) was used as the site for the East Base of US Antarctic Service Expedition (1939-41).