Antarctica in its Majesty

A shipboard view of Antarctica. Photo by Sora Vernikoff
A shipboard view of Antarctica. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

On Day 5 of my NCL cruise on the Norwegian Star to Antarctica in its Majesty, we began to find ourselves closer to one of our planet’s coldest and least populated continents. Basically, the Antarctic Sheet is the largest mass of ice in the world and is up to four miles thick. Hence, the continent contains about 90 percent of the planet’s freshwater ice and nearly 70 percent of the total fresh water on Earth. Evidently, no humans permanently inhabit Antarctica and the folks there are mostly scientists focused on research.

Extraordinary Majesty

The ship cruised by Deception IslandAdmiralty Bay, and Elephant IslandThere are few words to describe the extraordinary majesty of these Antarctic Islands, so I’ll simply let you “see” it with your own eyes.

Deception Island, Admiralty Bay, and Elephant Island. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A view of Deception Island, Admiralty Bay, and Elephant Island. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A view of Antarctica in its Majesty. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Snow covered mountains and Antarctica in its Majesty. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Clear ocean water and mountains of Antarctica in its Majesty. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Here is a lunch and gym class view of Antarctica in its Majesty from the ship I’ll never forget!

A view from the ship of Antarctica in its Majesty. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The author and crew on the ship passing Antarctica in its Majesty.

Should you visit Antarctica? I strongly recommend the adventure and the vivid memories you’ll cherish.

Here’s a footnote about Antarctica in Its Majesty

Antarctica is a continent located in the southernmost part of the Earth and was first discovered in 1820. Since then, it’s become a scientific preserve thanks to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, which banned any military activity or mining. 

Antarctica is crucial in regulating the Earth’s climate and ocean currents. Its reflective surfaces help to cool the planet by reflecting the sun’s rays. 

But that’s not all – Antarctica is also home to a range of unique flora and fauna like penguins, seals, and whales. It’s a fragile ecosystem that we need to protect and preserve for future generations. 

Readers may also enjoy our reviews of Thousand Islands and Erie CanalBest Travel CompanionsDinner with Gangsters and Ghosts,  Four Days on the Bourbon Trail, and Making Memories in the Falklands.

Antarctica in its Majesty


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