Antarctic Cruise Adventure Goes Awry

A month long "adventure cruise" to Antarctica and a number of remote South Atlantic islands a turn for the worse earlier this week when the cruise ship M/V Plancius broke down, leaving passengers and crew stranded in the harsh South Atlantic. According to a statement made by the cruise company, Oceanwide Expeditions, the "Atlantic Odyssey" voyage onboard M/V Plancius was … [Read more...]

Cruise ship encounters heavy seas in Drake Passage, loses power to one engine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9e5xTdG_3M Check out this video of the Antarctic cruise ship, Clelia II, as it "limps" back to Argentina in heavy seas.  The vessel, with 100 passengers and 60 crew, lost power to one engine after being hit by a massive wave while transiting the Drake Passage on its way back from the Antarctic Peninsula. The Clelia II is operated by Polar … [Read more...]

Ocean Nova Incident Photos – Cruise Ship, Aground in Antarctica

(Photo: Reuters) The Bahaman-flagged cruise ship, Ocean Nova, ran aground in Antarctica's Marguerite Bay amid high winds and rough seas Tuesday morning with 64 passengers and 41 crew members aboard.  The incident occurred about 1 mile from the Argentine naval base in San Martin.  No injuries have been reported and there have been no signs that the ship is leaking oil or … [Read more...]