Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage and board your ship directly in Antarctica. No sea-sickness!
In the early 2000s, a group of friends in Punta Arenas, Chile, came together to develop a new model of Antarctic tourism; one that would provide an alternative to the traditional navigation from South America across the stormy waters of the Drake Passage.
Their idea involved combining air and sea transportation: flying over the expansive ocean to deliver travelers to a waiting ship in Antarctica. This would avoid the difficult and uncomfortable navigation across the Drake Passage, while also reducing the total duration of the trip by four days. Like any fledgling project and given its uniqueness, the idea was received by the industry with some skepticism. Despite this hesitations, in November 2003 ANTARCTICA XXI began operation of its first air-cruise. A De Havilland Dash-7 aircraft left from Punta Arenas and landed at the Lt. Marsh Airfield on King George Island, Antarctica. There, clients boarded M/V Grigoriy Mikheev and spent six days visiting the South Shetland Islands, crossing the Bransfield Strait, and then sailing along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
More than a decade later, ANTARCTICA XXI now offers over 20 air-cruise departures each season aboard two different ice-class expedition vessels.
Thanks to our tireless expedition staff and our superior service, ANTARCTICA XXI offers the most extensive suite of Antarctic air-cruises in the world. We are proud of this achievement and we continue to improve. As the leading boutique Antarctic tour operator, we are constantly striving to innovate and develop our environmentally-responsible expeditions to the bottom of the world.
NOTE: “NOVANTAR S.A.” is the Exclusive Worldwide Sales Agent for all ANTARCTICA XXI-branded trips. All trip invoices are issued by NOVANTAR S.A.
To offer the world the opportunity to visit Antarctica efficiently and in comfort with a unique fly and cruise combination.
To be the leading Antarctic tour operator specializing in air-cruise expeditions by constantly improving our standards and the professionalism of our team with a clear commitment to protecting the Antarctic environment.
Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage and board your ship directly in Antarctica. No sea-sickness!
Save time! Crossing from South America to Antarctica by ship takes two days. Our flight takes only 2 hours!
We offer boutique adventures aboard small ships carrying a max of 71 guests. Spend time exploring, not waiting to disembark!
Based in Patagonia, son of a Captain and grandson of an Antarctic whaler, Mariano first sailed the Southern Ocean when he was a child. Drawn by his family tradition and passion for exploration, he began working in Antarctica as a zodiac driver at the age of 22, after obtaining his university degree in communication strategies in Buenos Aires. Shortly after his first encounters with the polar environment he specialized in the history of polar exploration onboard several expedition vessels to the Arctic and Antarctica. Over a 12-year period he has participated in more than 150 voyages. During the 2007-2009 Antarctic seasons he joined the expedition team on board one of the legendary Russian icebreakers exploring Antarctica from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea as part of the helicopter logistics team and historian. His sailing experience in polar and remote areas is complemented with land (or ice) expeditions, including ski touring in Patagonia and crossing Greenland in 2016. His strengths in planning, leadership and knowledge of the area steered him to the role of Expedition Leader in 2010 in the Arctic. Later that same year, Mariano joined ANTARCTICA XXI. Since 2012 he has also been cooperating with the office team in the set-up of the Antarctic operations, and has been appointed as Antarctic Expedition Staff Manager.
Growing up in New Zealand’s great outdoors has meant that Ben has been involved in outdoor activities his whole life. From a young age, weekends were spent on the water sailing Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and exploring the Coromandel Ranges. Ben works primarily as a White Water Kayak Instructor sharing his time between New Zealand, California and Norway. A degree in Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Education has lead him to teach in many facets of the outdoors in his 15 years as an educator and guide. Ben’s passion for kayaking and adventuring has taken him on many trips around the globe including paddling Uganda’s White Nile, the USA’s Grand Canyon and a month-long expedition in the Indian Himalayas. Kayaking has also taken him to higher latitudes with time spent running kayak programs and expedition leading in the Arctic and Antarctic. His passion for wildlife, adventure and people make him ideally suited to working with the adventures and challenges of life in the Polar Regions. When not sailing the Southern Ocean he likes keeping things interesting with adventures involving photography, kayaking, mountain biking and surfing. Ben has been on board ANTARCTICA XXI fly-cruises since 2010.
Morten was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has always loved the natural environment especially the wildlife. He has travelled throughout his life, as a child living with his parents in Afghanistan, Tanzania and Malaysia, while later as an adult he visited all seven continents. Morten is an active ornithologist, has a passion and a love for marine mammals, whales and dolphins, seals and polar bears alike. But there are no areas of nature that do not fascinate him. Since 1997, Morten has been working on small cruise ships, mostly in the Polar Regions, as guide, lecturer, zodiac driver and expedition leader. Morten is a skilled and very keen observer of wildlife and photographer. He is also very comfortable with the roles of guide, interpreter and lecturer. Morten enjoys sharing the adventure of visiting remote areas with fellow passengers, and he also values the opportunity to point out to visitors the sensitivity of the wilderness and its inhabitants, stressing key points of vulnerability, conservation and sustainability.
Sandra Walser was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. After receiving her Master’s degree in history and film studies from the University of Zurich, she fulfilled her childhood dream by travelling to Iceland and Greenland. During this trip she caught the notorious “polar fever” and just hasn’t been able to shake it off. In the past few years, Sandra has been taking part in various expedition cruises and land-based journeys in Antarctica and the Arctic as a lecturer in polar history, a naturalist guide, photographer and Zodiac driver. Sandra joined ANTARCTICA XXI’s expedition team in 2011. She delights in sharing her passion and helping guests discover the magic and fragility of the bottom of the world, as well as experience the trip of a lifetime. When not on a ship, Sandra works in communication and event management.
Born in Europe, Marieke grew up among the foothills of the Swiss Alps, learning to cross glaciers before she could tie her own shoelaces. After completing a Bachelor degree in Psychiatry & a career as a Therapist & Coach in communication, she desired to explore the world & feed her soul with new adventures. This led Marieke to explore South East Asia, trekking extensively through the Nepal Himalaya & the high Andes of South America from Patagonia to Peru. In 2006 Marieke moved to Tasmania where she found her true calling in the Guide/Naturalist role, developing her knowledge & love for pure wilderness & sharing this with international guests from around the globe.
Marieke’s appetite for new experiences & wilder places have drawn her to explore the incredible beauty of Polar environments only accessible through expedition cruising, thriving as Assistant Expedition Leader & enjoying a role as Zodiac driver and Naturalist. Today, she enjoys sharing nature’s best from the bottom to the top of the world, from icy Antarctica, to wildlife havens on Sub-Antarctic Islands, to New Zealand & Australia, to tropical Seychelles, Indonesian & Melanesian Islands, to high Arctic’s Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard & Russian Far East.
Sarah was born and raised in the USA, two hours north of New York City. She spent her childhood skiing and did not get a taste of true international travel until she lived in France for a year during college. After seeing the Alps for the first time, she knew she would spend a lifetime looking for snow-filled peaks. She has since trekked extensively in the Nepal Himalayas, Chilean Patagonia, Iceland, and Antarctica among other places. Sarah began her work in the outdoors as a professional ski instructor and a summer camp office manager. She most recently worked at Wharton Leadership Ventures overseeing training and operations for MBA and Undergraduate outdoor leadership expeditions around the world. She has a BA from Elizabethtown College and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania. While not working, she spends her free time hiking, painting, cooking with friends, rock climbing and traveling the world. Sarah joined ANTARCTICA XXI in 2016. She speaks English and French and basic Spanish.
Nigel has been working in the Polar Regions for almost 25 years in a variety of capacities, and on expedition ships since 2001. He worked 5 seasons in the Arctic and has completed over 100 tourist voyages to many parts of Antarctica. He has over-wintered 4 times in the far south (3 with the British, and once with the Australians) and learned to scuba dive during the first of those at Signy Island in the South Orkneys. In 1998 he became the proud recipient of the British Antarctic Survey’s Fuchs Medal. Between late 1994 and early 1997 he was at Rothera Station and during that time claims to have become the world expert on the birds there! In 1998-99 he was part of the team at the much-visited museum and post office at Port Lockroy and spent the winter of 2000 volunteering on Macquarie helping a team studying elephant seals. Born and raised near Manchester, England, he has been living in New Zealand, his wife’s homeland, for the last 15 years. When not working aboard a ship in high latitudes he spends his time travelling, watching wildlife, walking, and generally enjoying the natural world, for either work or pleasure, a division which he considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to describe as very hazy! He is, as always, looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for the region with our guests and is usually found looking out for birds, whales and seals when not required for other duties. Nigel joined ANTARCTICA XXI in 2012.
Jamie is a marine ecologist, who works and spends as much time as possible in earth’s most spectacular marine ecosystems. He writes for diving and geographical magazines, and presents on marine and polar wildlife, global-scale ecology, human ecological footprints and climate change. Jamie’s research has included everything from Omani coral reefs to Antarctic copepods, leopard seals, colossal squid and krill to consultancy on offshore tuna fisheries. After two years overwintering with British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia, Jamie has spent seven southern summers shipboard in the Antarctic Peninsula area, six northern summers around the High Arctic and northern islands, including a transit of the Northwest Passage and trips to the North Pole, as well as mid-Atlantic and Pacific islands trips. Jamie has logged over 195,000 sea miles and four and a half years of sea time, including 104 expedition trips. Jamie has presented to audiences and students from all over the world, from student groups to dive shows to photography and dive clubs. He has run marine biology courses and workshops in London, Egypt and Indonesia. When not working, Jamie spends time with his son, researches weird and wonderful marine life or travels in search of wild places and even wilder animals.
André was born in Santos, Brazil. He graduated in Oceanography by Rio Grande University, and that same year he spent his first Antarctic winter on board the R/V Nathaniel Palmer cruising the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas. This expedition reached the furthest south position for a ship in these waters and André was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the National Science Foundation (USA). This voyage was the start of a long Antarctic career, from Ross to Weddell seas, including more than 1000 days on Antarctic land, ice and (under)water. He continued his academic activities, becoming “Doktor der Naturwissenschaften” by the Alfred-Wegener Institute (Germany) for Polar and Marine Research. For the last 20 years he has studied “the role of Antarctica in the Global Climate Change,” working with other scientists focusing on physical and biological processes in sea ice. Nowadays, André is Professor of Earth Sciences at Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, lecturing on the impacts of climate change since the last glacial era and leading his research as part of the international team of PAGES (Past Climate Change group). In 2009, he joined the ANTARCTICA XXI expedition team, and has now completed 7 years focusing on tourism and science in Antarctica.
Wendy started life on a farm in northern New Zealand and has been recreating and working in the great outdoors ever since. This has led to a variety of occupations including milking cows and persuading dairy farmers to dig cowshed effluent ponds, teaching bushcraft to women’s groups, collecting vomit samples from albatross on the Snares (New Zealand’s northernmost sub-Antarctic island group), trapping and dispatching predators of native fauna, kayaking and snorkelling with university students in New Zealand’s fabulous marine reserves and travelling the bush at night to survey Kiwi to name a few! Following Kiwi (New Zealand) tradition, Wendy headed out for some overseas experience; during these adventures she found her husband on Fair Isle (a seabird paradise in the far north of Scotland) and a passion for bird watching. Her travels have taken her to Asia, North & South America, central Europe, Antarctica, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, Nepal and most recently Iceland and East Greenland in search of wildlife. She has led wildlife tours throughout New Zealand, Shetland and Orkney Islands (northern Scottish isles) and the Bay of Biscay. Wendy is delighted to be on board the Ocean Nova again and is looking forward to sharing her passion for the natural world with all our guests. Wendy has worked for ANTARCTICA XXI since early 2013.
A former professional educator, Olle found that teaching in classrooms kept him from his other passions of writing, photography, polar travel, and jazz. Fortunately for Olle, he found a way to combine all these wonderful things. Olle follows the migration of the Arctic tern as he spends his summers in Greenland and Svalbard and his Swedish winters in amazing Antarctica. He has also visited Franz Josef Land, the Canadian Arctic and the North Pole. He has kept this pattern since 1990; he is not only a veteran polar naturalist but also easily the world’s most sunlight-exposed jazz musician. Olle’s pictures and prose have been captured in many magazines and newspapers as well as several books published with his colleague Stefan Lundgren. In Swedish, “Antarctica; in the Interest of all Mankind” was given a 1991 Panda Award by the World Wildlife Fund. In English, “Antarctica; a Souvenir from the Seventh Continent” followed in 1999. More recently, they have completed “Svalbard; the Land Beyond the North Cape” in English. Olle has a profound love of the Polar Regions, a love that it would seem is reciprocated.
More commonly known as Snowy, Graeme is originally from Adelaide, South Australia, and has a professional background in electronic and telecommunications engineering. He joined the Australian Antarctic Division as a Radio Technical Officer in 1990, wintering at Casey Station and spending a total of 16 months there. Since then he has spent a further four summers working and living at Australian stations as well as numerous shorter visits to stations, including those of many foreign nations. He has also spent over two years at sea on extended research voyages in the Southern Ocean and around the Antarctic continent. For 15 years he was based in Hobart, Tasmania, working in the Engineering section of the AAD supporting Australia’s Antarctic Program. Over this time he has been involved in many field research programs in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, providing technical support and participating as a field assistant in areas as diverse as glaciology, oceanography, penguin and sea-bird monitoring and research, seal and krill biology, and whale observations and acoustics. A love of travelling and adventure has seen him visit over 50 countries and all seven continents. This is Snowy’s 27th season working in the Polar Regions. In that time he has visited much of east Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands, South Georgia, Heard Island and many other sub-Antarctic islands, as well as Iceland, the Svalbard archipelago and Greenland in the north.
Jonathan first visited Antarctica in 1973 – and didn’t leave until 1976. To date he has a total of 11 Antarctic summers and 2 winters, all well South of the Antarctic Circle. He has worked a number of seasons for the British Antarctic Survey as glaciologist, surveyor and general assistant. His winter experiences were at Fossil Bluff, a small 4-person base where they didn’t see anyone else for nine months at a time. He has also worked in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. He is part of a Polar family – both his father and his son have spent a number of seasons in Antarctica – the only British Family to have 3 generations working in the Antarctic. He has travelled about 8,000 km inside Antarctica on Skidoos, living in tents and carrying out scientific research for months at a time. He has been awarded the Polar Medal for his Antarctic work – so have his father and his cousin! Away from Antarctica, Jonathan spent 25 years running a surveying business in the UK. Particular interests include offshore sailing – he has skippered yachts for 35 years and has about 28,000 km under sail. He has been part of ANTARCTICA XXI´s expedition team since 2013.
Pablo Zenteno studied Geography at the Universidad de Chile and later became a member of the academic staff. During his university years he started to focus on the application of satellite data to study the effect of volcanic activity on glaciers in the context of the actual climate change and got involved with the study of Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. While working at the university he taught the principles of glaciology, geomorphology and interpretation of satellite images to undergraduate students. He has participated in several fieldwork programs carrying out glaciological and geodynamic research. He jumped out of his comfort zone and came to Antarctica for the first time in 2009 during the International Polar Year, working as a research associate in a project aimed to better understand the relationships between ice shelves and glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula near the Fleming Glacier. Nowadays he leads a team of geoscientists and mountaineers to study the dynamic of glaciers and the snow pack in the Central Andes. He also continues to keep an eye from space to observe the rapid changes of the Fleming and Seller Glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Robert was born in Chicago, United States. After graduating from university with a degree in Forestry he moved to Oregon for five years and worked as a lead wilderness guide. During this time, when snow loads prevented trail work, he went south for the winter and from 1996-2000 he worked for the U.S. Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station. While there he helped with logistics at South Pole Station and outlying field camps for scientists who were researching everything from the natural anti-freeze found in the fish populations to drilling ice-core samples to determine historical climate fluctuations. In 2004 Robert decided to share the experiences and knowledge he gained in his 4 seasons with the U.S. Antarctic Program by joining expedition life as a guide and interpreter within the realm of geology and glaciology. He’s been rolling the Drake Passage and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula ever since. He has also worked for many seasons in Svalbard in the High Arctic. In 2009 he achieved a major goal by becoming one of the few people that have been to both the north and south poles. When not in the Polar Regions, Robert resides in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colorado, spending his time hiking, fishing, camping, white-water rafting and missing bull elk with his bow and arrow.
Michael was born in Valparaiso, Chile and lived most of his life in the southern city of Punta Arenas. He has always been interested in observing nature and its mysteries. Michael studied marine biology and shortly after school worked for the Chilean Government running airline logistics in Antarctica. Michael has a strong passion for sailing and has been navigating the waters of the Magellan Strait and Antarctic seas since he was very young. As a result of his sailing background, he understands the climate and sea conditions very well. In his first season working with ANTARCTICA XXI, Michael is looking forward to enjoying the adventures on the southernmost continent.
German lives in Bariloche, a city located in the northern area of Argentinian Patagonia. As a child, he sailed as a skipper and crew-member in sailboats participating in several ocean-racing regattas. Since 2010, he has guided multi-day kayaking expeditions in Southern Greenland. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, he also works as a kayaking and mountain-biking guide spending his summers across the Andes between Argentina and Chile. He practices Telemark skiing and guides ski expeditions to volcanoes on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains. German also organizes and teaches sea-kayaking courses in the lakes and seas of the region. He is trained in Wilderness First Aid, mountain safety and certified by ACA (American Canoe Association). German joined ANTARCTICA XXI in 2016.
Pernille comes from Denmark. With a degree in social anthropology, she is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Copenhagen. Pernille is a lover of adventure and the outdoors; she has spent the past nine boreal summers working as a rafting guide in Norway and California. She is a competitive boulder and indoor climber competing both nationally and internationally. Her travels and competitions have brought her to climbing destinations all over Europe. She has also spent time white water kayaking and sea kayaking, climbing, surfing, mountain biking and hiking in the United States, Australia, Central and South America, Thailand and New Zealand. She first journeyed to Antarctica during the 2011-12 season and continues to return each season. Pernille is equally at home in a kayak or Zodiac, and loves sharing her knowledge of Antarctic wildlife, much like her grandfather did when he toured Europe and America with the worlds largest – and smallest mammals.
Jamie is an adventure kayaker from New Zealand. Starting out with a degree in adventure recreation and outdoor education, he has taught and guided groups in many areas of New Zealand and North America in a range of different activities. He is very definitely an outdoor person. When he is not sea kayaking with the penguins and icebergs, he is showing people around his backyard of New Zealand or on adventures of his own around the world, taking photos, mountain biking, white water kayaking, white water rafting, or hiking. The one activity that stands out the most in his adventure list, is kayaking in remote regions. He has a passion for unique wildlife, coming from the land of birds (New Zealand), spending most of his days at work surrounded by virgin temperate rain forests or on the slopes of active volcanoes. He has a keen interest in working with people and team building, which together with his wide-ranging skill set brought him ‘down south’ to explore the icy regions of the Antarctic.
Kenn was born with a restless and adventurous spirit in Rhode Island on the east coast of the United States, where he spent his time wandering between the ocean and rivers. His travels eventually landed him in Alaska where he mushed dog teams and became a wilderness kayak guide. For over two decades, Kenn has led hundreds of paddling trips throughout remote and pristine areas of Alaska, the North West Territories of Canada, and Svalbard. Kenn enjoys cycling and hiking as well, having pedalled across North America, New Zealand, and the Hawaiian Islands, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Gregarious and easy going, Kenn makes his home between the mountains and sea in Juneau, Alaska.
Ruslan was born in Ufa, Russia. Since his childhood he has been fond of rock-climbing and caving tourism. His uncle was a captain, so when he was a boy he spent much of his time sailing which strongly affected his choice of career. He started working as a sailor and soon became captain of the Antarctic, a ship. He has participated in four Russian Antarctic over-wintering expeditions which lasted 16 months each. In 2009-2010, Ruslan took part in the round-the-world research expedition aboard the “Academik Fedorov.” In 2011, he participated in the Russian-American scientific program dedicated to study and monitor the sea around the Peninsula of Kamchatka. Ruslan spent 4 months close to wild nature and provided technical support for the scientists and also focused on wildlife photography, negotiating on a daily basis with large numbers of bears who were not willing to share their territory… and food! Ruslan’s main interest is photography. He has been finalist on the international wildlife photo competitions and his work was published in several magazines in Germany, England, Chile, Brazil, New Zealand and Russia.
From Vancouver Island, Canada, Mike Hann is a yacht skipper, marine wildlife naturalist, eco adventure-guide, specialty dive instructor and musician; with extensive experience working with marine mammals throughout the world. This includes endangered Orcinus orca in the North Pacific and breeding Megatera novaeangliae (humpback whales) in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia. In 2007 Mike played an integral role in the organization and execution of an unprecedented Antarctic marine research expedition aboard the 60ft sailing vessel Spirit of Sydney. The two-month expedition’s mandate was to compile information that would help in better understanding Antarctic orca and humpback populations through photo identification (orca) and the application of twelve satellite tags (humpback). At the completion of the trip the team sailed back across the infamous Drake Passage and around Cape Horn, a huge accomplishment for any sailor. Recently Mike has become a co-owner of Big Fish Lodge at the foot of the world famous West Coast Trail in Port Renfrew, BC. The lodge is the home base for many adventure seekers visiting this amazing area.
Willie is a true adventurer at heart, dividing his time between climbing the highest peaks of South America and exploring the depths of the southern oceans as a PADI Divemaster and NACD Cave Diver. Willie has worked on several conservation and High Altitude Archaeological projects during the past years. He has both guided and led logistics for Patagonia, Atacama Desert and Antarctic expeditions several times. He was a guide and base camp manager in the last Chilean Everest Expedition in Nepal – in 2014. He is also a skydiver, a wildlife photographer and a “Wilderness First Responder” (WFR) certified by NOLS. Willie as a degree in Ecotourism from Andres Bello University in Chile.
Rodrigo was born in New Jersey, USA, but grew up in Chile. He decided to become a marine biologist to study the cetaceans inhabiting the Chilean coasts. It was then he discovered the world of photography, with a desire to approach wildlife in a more intimate way and to register their incredible behaviour. In 2008 he was invited to Antarctica as a lecturer on marine mammals, and since then he has been in love with this fabulous continent. In 2010 he decided to present a lecture on how to obtain stunning photos in Antarctica; it was so successful that it became the starting point to many projects related to photography and media management as part of expedition teams. When he is not in Antarctica, Rodrigo is organizing photographic expeditions and workshops to different locations in the world such as South Africa, Torres del Paine, the Altiplano, the Falkland Islands, Bolivia and Iguazú among others.
Ana was born in Buenos Aires, although she always knew that life would take her to other parts of the world. She has always loved nature and sports. She started working for Greenpeace when she was young, and studied in the Naturalists School of Argentina. She backpacked across Argentina, Chile and most of South America volunteering in National Parks and climbing. After getting experience in a well-known advertising studio, she started working for different media as photographer specializing in travels and extreme sports. She obtained a post-graduate degree in digital photography at the University of Barcelona and she co-founded her own photo studio. After working for different extreme sports companies in the Spanish Pyrenees, she started guiding equestrian routes, hiking and kayaking in Aragón. Later she became a guide in Central Asia and co-managed the Silk Route for 5 years. In 2009 she became a professional deckhand on Greenpeace International ships, and was a crewmember in long trips, two of them to the Arctic. Today she lives in Valparaíso, Chile, where she has started social projects through photography and culture with kids in the countryside of Valparaíso.
Felipe is a professional climber and mountain guide, specializing in mountain safety and avalanche controls. He was born in Santiago de Chile, getting his professional degree as a mountain guide at ITUR (Universidad de la Frontera) in Pucón, Chile. He gained climbing and mountain experience in several places around the world. His main passion is to be in touch with nature, its preservation and environmental sustainability. He has worked for several years as an outdoor guide for climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, ski touring and ice hiking. He is the founder of the Climbing and Training Center “Galpón Chucao” in Pucon, where he taught indoor training and rock climbing. Years later, he improved his skiing skills and specialized as avalanche risks advisor in British Columbia, Canada. He is currently working as avalanche and mountain safety advisor for important mining companies in Argentina and Chile. Felipe has also been trained and certificated in mountain operation and vertical works, search and rescue in the Pyrenees, Andorra and the French Alps. In addition, he is qualified as a WFR (Wilderness First Responder), rope rescue with EASPA Foundation, Argentina and security for vertical work with Vertisub Spain, and ACHS Chile.
Nico is an ecotourism project manager, nature and wildlife photographer, mountaineer, rock climber and bird watcher. His work involves outdoor education, wilderness expeditions, training technical outdoor skills, leadership and teamwork development. He has worked as a mountain and leadership expeditions guide on several mountaineering, trekking and rock climbing expeditions since 2008. Since childhood he has had an interest in the outdoors and nature. Now he simply can’t live away from it. Since 2006 he has explored different corners of the world, its cultures, landscapes and the particular way in which local people live and interact with nature. This has led him to get involved in sustainability. His journey began in the Chilean Andes and Patagonia. It continued worldwide, including the Peruvian Inca world and the Cordillera Blanca, Tibet, the Himalayas, India, Thailand, several other countries in South East Asia, the USA, Venezuela, and Iceland. His last adventure was driving across the USA and climbing The Grand Teton, Devils Tower in Wyoming and trekking the Mont Blanc Circuit in Europe.
Cristina is a professional guide and nature photographer. Much of Cristina’s work has been conducted in Torres del Paine National Park where she has been studying local flora and fauna for several years. Cristina is a renowned naturalist and photographer of this area. She bases her technique on the study of wildlife behaviour allowing her to capture unique moments in nature. She has also worked as a tracker of the Patagonian mountain lion or ‘puma’. Since 2010 Cristina has been working as a guide in the Antarctic and is involved in photographic expeditions around Chile and other countries.
Ryo’s first encounter with the Polar Regions was through his work as a shore excursions manager for a cruise company. He handled all shore excursions all over the world including over land tours to Antarctica. His work for the programs in Antarctica included obtaining membership with IAATO, chartering ice class vessels, and preparing the official reports for each expedition. Since falling in love with the Polar Region, Ryo has also started to work as a guide in Antarctica and Svalbard. His main guiding role has been as Zodiac driver, assisting onshore activities, and running lectures and recaps. He is especially passionate about wildlife including marine mammals in general, penguins in the Antarctic, and polar bears in the Arctic. He shows continuous interest in guiding people in both Polar Regions.
Nozomi was raised in a log cabin at the top the mountains of Japan’s Hokkaido Island by an artistic father and devoted mother. Her passion for nature and arts were shaped by her father’s talent for creating bronze sculptures and paintings and well as by the natural environment she grew up in. Nozomi’s love of nature and travel has taken her all around the world as she seeks inspiration for creative projects. She works with natural products, and she portrays natural elements in her art and her photography. Nozomi immediately developed an intense passion for the Polar Regions after she visited first Svalbard and then Antarctica.
Héctor was born in Punta Arenas and studied at the España School, and later at the Polytechnic School specializing in Internal Combustion Mechanics. He continued his studies at Punta Arenas INACAP, where he graduated in Risk Prevention Engineering. He started his professional life in ENAP in the area of drilling. Later, he started his own transport company and now has eight years of experience specializing in school transport. He is the father of two children. He is also the leader and team captain of Punta Arenas Extreme Sports Team “Air Soft,” achieving significant victories at regional, national and international level. Héctor joined ANTARCTICA XXI in 2010.
Veronica was born in Santiago. At an early age she started trekking and enjoying the outdoors in the south of Chile. While pursuing her BA in visual arts, she had the opportunity to learn mountaineering, an activity that became an important part of her life. At present, she works as visual artist, professional photographer and trekking guide in Torres del Paine National Park, Atacama Desert, King’s George Island in Antarctica, and Tierra del Fuego. She also participated in various mountain and trekking expeditions in Chilean Patagonia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Africa. Veronica holds a Masters Degree on Visual Arts/Photography from Parsons NYC and her work has been published and exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and the US.
Björn grew up in Sweden but now calls Australia home. He has 20 years experience in the tourism industry, working as a tour leader, diving instructor, travel photographer and sustainable tourism advisor. Björn’s passion for travel and the great outdoors made him leave Sweden to embark on a decade of diving adventures in Asia. Björn’s passion for the ocean comes from his family, which includes a long line of Scandinavian North Sea fishermen (including Antarctic whalers). After moving to Melbourne to complete a degree in Ecotourism he worked as a tour leader and led hiking tours all over Australia. After many years in the field of ecotourism, he is now working as a sustainable tourism advisor, currently with local government on Nias Island in Indonesia. Björn joined ANTARCTICA XXI in 2012. He is passionate about all things do to with Antarctica and enjoys meeting fellow polar travellers from all over the world.
Nicolás was born in Santiago, Chile, and ever since he was a child he was encouraged to know and explore nature. He became passionate about living outdoors, exploring and discovering unique places which can be seen clearly in his photographic work. He is enthusiastic about mountaineering and climbing, and has experimented with splitboarding. He graduated with a degree in business and economics from Universidad Católica de Chile, and is now working full time on his photography and video projects. Antarctica and cold places have always been magnets for Nicolás just like his beloved Patagonia that he visits every year. At the age of 24 he started teaching night photography and organizes photographic expeditions all across Chile. He is currently developing a photography project that involves night vision of Chile.
Andres is from Chile, and since he was a child he has lived among mountains, forests and the sea. His love for the nature led him to study Forest Engineering, a career that allowed him to spend most of his time in the forests of Patagonia. In the 2001 he became involved with Greenpeace in Chile; later he joined their logistics team in Germany and then to the Czech office, and finally in the UK where he was employed for two years as manager of logistics in London. During this time, he trained to become a ship engineer in order to be part of the Greenpeace International ship crew for seven years. Listening to Jacques Cousteau and Calypso ship’s stories made him realize his dream of combining the marine life and underwater world. This allowed him to be part of scientific and documentary expeditions around the world including the Amazon, Antarctica, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand, North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and many more places.
CCarolina was born in Santiago, but lived most of her childhood and adolescence in southern Chile, where little by little she developed her passion for nature and outdoor activities, which eventually became her vocation and career. She studied Technical Tourism in Duoc UC, where she graduated with honours and she recently graduated in Ecotourism, completing her outdoor professional education. Her studies have taken her to explore all of Chile, from the north to the south. Carolina has worked in different areas in tourism, always standing out by her commitment, enthusiasm and joy she brings.
Anastasiia was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She studied Statistics at St Petersburg Economy and Finances State University and graduated with honours. She has been an avid traveller, at first exploring her own country, including some remote zones in the north and Far East. She then followed her passion with travels throughout Asia and Europe. Since March 2013 she has been travelling throughout South America and was charmed by Patagonia. She has visited approximately 40 countries, and Anastasiia has worked in the tourism industry as a receptionist, hostel manager and tourist guide in Russia. She enjoys history and languages, as well as outdoor activities, trekking and nature.
Karen was born and raised in Santiago de Chile. Her childhood revolved around nature and the environment. Karen is currently completing her final year studying Ecotourism at the Instituto Profesional Vertical so she can pursue her passion for adventure and knowledge. She looks forward to continue gaining experience and learning about different disciplines complementary to her area. Karen is a travel, photography and art lover.
Luyang was born in Beijing, China, where he spent his childhood, then he moved to Chile with his father, mainly to see the world and learn another language beside English. He studied Tourism and Culture Administration in Universidad de Valparaiso and obtained a MBA in the same university. He has been working as a tour guide and translator since 2010, and has been acting in different conventions and forums as interpreter. He travelled extensively, also visiting places like Easter Island in Chile. He is fluent in 3 languages, English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Lu, as he prefers to be named, is passionate about history and his favourite hobbies are historical re-enactment and practicing archery.
Diana was born in Italy and graduated from Geneva University in Foreign Languages. Driven by her passion for Patagonia and Antarctica, she settled early on in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, where she obtained the Argentine National Parks degree as a local guide. Thanks to her innate passion for sailing, she also worked on commercial yachts offering charter exploration of the mythical Cape Horn. Her first time in Antarctica was aboard an Argentine Navy vessel escorting a group of tourists, and since then she returned several times as naturalist guide and lecturer, as well as expedition leader. Author of one of the first field guides on Antarctica, she also cooperated with the Argentine Government for Antarctic tourism management projects and founded the Antarctic Unit in Ushuaia, the first institution fully dedicated to Antarctic visitors. In 1995 she returned to Italy where she was recruited as logistics coordinator by the Italian Antarctic Program in the framework of a European scientific campaign dedicated to polar ozone research on board a Russian stratospheric aircraft, both in the Arctic and the Antarctic. In 2005 she was recruited by ANTARCTICA XXI to act as expedition leader, and two years later she increased her collaboration with ANTARCTICA XXI as product and sales manager. In 2010 she accepted a new professional challenge by becoming the director of operations and product. Diana speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Born in Italy, Francesco has lived his entire adult life in Canada, where he graduated from York University. Francesco was involved with his family’s wine business back in Italy and in 1996, he joined the adventure travel industry. He has since worked in a number of senior sales and marketing roles with leading polar expedition companies. He also worked as a travel columnist for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s prestigious national daily newspaper. Francesco now leads the team responsible for ANTARCTICA XXI’s commercial operations. During his career, Francesco has travelled extensively around the world and has established close partnerships with a vast network of polar travel specialists and tour operators that collaborate with ANTARCTICA XXI. He splits his time between his base in Toronto and ANTARCTICA XXI’s head office in Punta Arenas. Known for his creativity and passion for adventure travel, Francesco feels privileged to be able to apply his energy and talents to the promotion of Antarctic tourism. Francesco speaks English, Spanish and Italian.
Sandra was born in San Fernando, Chile, a town in the Colchagua Valley, near Santiago. She completed her university studies at the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and an MBA. Starting her career in 1994, Sandra has worked with various Chilean and multinational companies such as ING, ACNielsen and Correos Chile, where she took on different management and leadership positions. During her career, Sandra has worked in Buenos Aires for two years, a role that involved frequent travel throughout Latin America and the US. Subsequently, Sandra spent a year in the US, based in Stanford, CT. After more than 15 years working in Santiago and abroad, Sandra and her family made the move to Punta Arenas. Delighted by the beauty of Patagonia, Sandra and husband appreciate raising their three young children in the region’s healthy and natural environment. Sandra joined the team Antarctica XXI in July 2013.
Juan Cristobal was born in Santiago, Chile. After studying engineering and managing the South American marketing activities of a Canadian company involved with forest fire-fighting, in 2002 Juan Cristobal moved to Torres del Paine National Park to work at a local luxury hotel, first as a guide and then as operations manager. He lived and worked in the Chilean Patagonia for more than 6 years, developing a passion for the travel industry and for photography. During this time, he travelled extensively throughout South America, visiting Antarctica for the first time in 2005. In 2007 he moved to Barcelona where he served as new business development manager for a major Chilean hotel chain and for a portfolio of specialist tour operators. In his career as a sales representative, he has developed excellent relationships with a large international network of tourism operators. In 2012 Juan Cristobal joined ANTARCTICA XXI’s sales department and was quickly promoted to the position of Account Director with responsibility for a team of Account Managers. Juan Cristobal speaks Spanish, French and English.
Tim was born and grew up just outside Toronto, Canada. He started his long career in the travel industry right out of school, when he began working for a historic Canadian hotel chain. The travel bug caught him. Tim as worked for several retail travel companies before moving into the world of tour operators. Just prior to moving into Polar travel, Tim worked for a luxury startup company based in the US. After years planning adventures for others, Tim decided he needed an adventure for himself. So he moved to Santiago, Chile to join the ANTARCTICA XXI team. Tim has traveled to all 7 continents where he enjoyed all styles of travel, from camping and backing in Africa to Luxury 5 star cruises in the Mediterranean and everything in-between.
Paula was born in Carhué, a small town in Buenos Aires province, Argentina. She grew up in a town strongly influenced by tourism development. Since childhood she discovered a strong passion for servicing travellers from all around the world. After getting a Tourism & Hospitality Management degree, she started travelling and searching for new challenges. She spent the last 12 years working in several unique destinations, from ski resorts to exclusive lodges, from luxury hotels to mountain expeditions. The perfect combination of work and leisure allowed her to develop her skills in hospitality and customer service. Motivated by her attraction for adventure and nature, she spent five summers at Mount Aconcagua base camp assisting mountaineering expeditions from all over the world. She was recruited to be a part of ANTARCTICA XXI’s Hospitality Team in 2014 as a trainee. The following year she was promoted to Hospitality Manager in charge of coordinating the team of hosts responsible for the reception of passengers in Punta Arenas. Later on she was appointed as Product Quality Manager, being responsible for the company’s quality standards of the service delivered to clients and coordinating ANTARCTICA XXI’s team involved in customer service duties.
Carolina was born in Punta Arenas, and after completing her studies at Universidad de Magallanes, she obtained her degree in Economics. Then she moved to Strasbourg, France to continue her education, earning degrees in Law and Financial Management. Afterwards, she returned to her hometown, where her career took a sudden change towards tourism, as a lecturer and naturalist guide in the region of Magallanes and Tierra del Fuego. She has spent 4 years working in maritime expeditions between the Magellan Strait and Cape Horn. In this region she has discovered a passion for nature and wildlife. She also studied at Universidad de Magallanes obtaining a certificate in Biodiversity of Patagonia. Carolina joined ANTARCTICA XXI in 2011, being in charge of organizing land service operations for Antarctic voyages. Since 2015 she was promoted as Logistics Manager, responsible for the assuring the logistics for ANTARCTICA XXI’s operations and coordinating the team of assistants.
Noelia was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and spent her childhood in several cities in Latin America, such as Piura and Lima in Peru, Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, and Salta in Argentina. After finishing high school, she returned to her hometown where she graduated from the National Technological University of Mendoza with a major in Tourism Business Management. Since then, Noelia has worked in a number of tourism businesses, including several hotels and an airline, gaining strong experience in customer service and operations. In early 2015, Noelia moved to Santiago de Chile and started working with the sales team at ANTARCTICA XXI. Two years later she was promoted. She currently manages the Booking Team and is responsible for the administration of the company’s sales processes. Noelia loves nature and the outdoors, enjoying hiking, trekking, and kayaking. She speaks Spanish, English and Italian.
Agustina was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and later moved with her family to Jesus Maria, a small town in the province of Cordoba. Since then she has enjoyed the outdoor life working as a horseback riding guide, amongst other things. A few years later she combined her passion for nature with tourism, and started working in lodges in the hills of Cordoba. For over 10 years she has specialized in the administration of tourist establishments dedicated to outdoor activities, offering an efficient, warm and customized attention to guests from different countries around the world. Motivated by the desire of exploring the wilderness and expressing her spirit of service, she was recruited in 2013 by ANTARCTICA XXI to be part of the Hospitality Team in Punta Arenas. After experiencing the Antarctic as on board shop-keeper, she decided to settle in Punta Arenas and devote her skills and experience in ANTARCTICA XXI’s Operations department. She loves photography and art; she is devoted to painting and drawing as well as trekking and camping.
Born in Santiago, Gabriel has lived in the Magellan region at the southern end of Patagonia for more than 20 years, enjoying nature and the outdoors. His beginnings in the hospitality industry were in hotels in Santiago, returning later to Punta Arenas to work in several bars and restaurants. Gabriel has worked on cruise ships for seven years in the southernmost Patagonian channels as bartender as well as in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea and most recently in Antarctica. Gabriel joined ANTARCTICA XXI in 2014.
Born in Punta Arenas, Chile, grandson from Croatian and Spanish immigrants, Sergio is a surgeon doctor from the University of Chile. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery in the University of Bask Country, Spain. At the start of his carrier he participated in a mission in Saharaui refugee camps (South Algeria) as a member of “No frontier doctors” and later in a medical mission from “Jet Secours Internacional” during a meningitis epidemic in Kaduna, Nigeria. He has wide experience in the field of emergencies (Unidad Coronaria Móvil y Hospital Roberto del Río, Santiago de Chile). He was medical practitioner and emergency specialist of the Catalan Health Service (ICS), in Girona, Spain, on several occasions from 1978. Since 1999 he is instructor of the American Heart Association (AHA) in basic and advanced cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In 2010, after the earthquake in Chile, he was in charge of a medical mission in the province of Cauquenes, sponsored by the Health Ministry. He is currently working at the Emergency Room at the Hospital Naval, Viña del Mar, Chile. He has been cooperating with ANTARCTICA XXI since 2004.
Sebastian was born and raised in Santiago de Chile, which is also where he studied Tourism Management. After working in a number of travel agencies, Sebastian joined Royal Caribbean, the international cruise line, and for six years sailed the ocean and travelling all over the world. During that time, Sebastian nourished his desire to learn about other cultures and countries. Back in Chile, he continued to work in the travel industry, applying his skills with several hotels and tour operators. He developed a fascination for Antarctica during a three-year stint in the commercial department of an Antarctic cruise operator, where he was in charge of their booking department and travelled to Antarctica for the first time. He joined ANTARCTICA XXI in early 2015, following his passion for the White Continent. Sebastian speaks Spanish, English and some French.
Julijana was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina. At the age of 11 she moved to Croatia along with her family due to the political situation in her country and that is where her passion for travelling and meeting new cultures begun. She then moved to Italy and after that to Spain where she graduated in Art History and Tourism Management. After spending a year in Ireland, she started to build her career in hotel industry in Tenerife, Canary Island working for Starwood Hotels and Resorts. That experience gave her the opportunity to work in an international environment, serving the needs of many travellers from different cultures. Working in different locations such as Barcelona and Abu Dhabi helped Julijana gain further experience in customer service and in the operation of luxury hotels. Her love for culture and art converted her into an unstoppable traveller. In 2015 Julijana got a Master’s Degree in Quality Management and Excellence in Organizations and settled in Chile where she fell in love with its nature and culture. She joined ANTARCTICA XXI in October 2016 as Travel Consultant. She loves the outdoors, and especially enjoys skiing and trekking. Julijana speaks Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, English as well as some Russian, Italian, French and German.
Paulina was born in Concepcion, Chile. Her passion for travel and exploration began when she was just a little girl. Her father’s work required frequent relocation and by the time Paulina turned 12 years, she and her family had lived in 12 different cities! After graduating with a degree in Public Relations in Santiago, Paulina’s family encouraged her to travel abroad. She moved to London, England, and from there she travelled to many different destinations, learning about the world and experiencing new cultures. When Paulina returned to Chile she managed to turn her passion for travel into a career, first by joining a private aviation company, and later as the Commercial Manager for a Chilean luxury cruise company. It was during this time that Paulina developed a passion for wildlife, nature, and especially Patagonia. In May 2016 Paulina joined ANTARCTICA XXI as Account Manager for Europe and Latin America. She brings with her many years of experience, a large network of relationships with travel industry professionals from around the world, and superior customer service skills.
Ryo’s first encounter with the Polar Regions was through his work as a shore excursions manager for a cruise company. He handled all shore excursions all over the world including over land tours to Antarctica. His work for the programs in Antarctica included obtaining membership with IAATO, chartering ice class vessels, and preparing the official reports for each expedition. Since falling in love with the Polar Region, Ryo has also started to work as a guide in Antarctica and Svalbard. In addition to his guiding role, he manages the business relationships with ANTARCTICA XXI's Japanese partners.
Benjamin Garcia was born in Santiago, Chile. After completing his studies in business and administration, and working in the retail sector for a couple of years, Benjamin decided to travel and experience the world. For one year he explored Europe and Asia, learning about new cultures and seeing different ways of life. That experience opened the door to his first job in tourism, at the main ski resort in Chile. He then worked for a major experiential travel company, promoting and selling a variety of exclusive travel programs in Chile. Looking for a new challenge, in 2010 Benjamin moved to Australia. From there, for over five years he worked for the main South American airline where he developed a deep understanding of the tourism industry in Australia and in the Asia Pacific region. Benjamin joined ANTARCTICA XXI in April 2016, bringing with him his sunny personality, his dedication, and his vast network of industry relationships. He speaks English and Spanish.
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Carolina was born in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, and lived there until she was 25 years old. She graduated in Hotel Administration in 2001 and for two years she worked in the Human Resources department of a major international bank. Her love for travel led her to leave the banking world behind and seek new challenges in the hospitality industry. So she embarked as a crew member on board ships managed by major international cruise companies, such a Iberojet and Costa Cruises. For 5 years she sailed the seas around Europe and South America, enjoying interacting with colleagues, guests, and locals from many different cultural backgrounds. In 2010 Carolina fell in love with a handsome Chilean gentleman. They decide to start a family and to make the city of Punta Arenas their home. In 2012 she joined the ANTARCTICA XXI family as part of the Finance and Administration Department. She is responsible for a number of administrative duties related to our Punta Arenas office and to our personnel. During her free time Carolina likes to travel with her family and explore Patagonia's natural beauty.
Elizabeth was born in Punta Arenas, Chile. She studied accounting and graduated in 2011. Her first work experience was with a well-known tourism business in Patagonia. Later, eager to continue her professional development, Elizabeth joined a transportation company that specializes in the agricultural sector. In March 2015 she joined ANTARCTICA XXI’s Finance and Administration Department as an Accounting Assistant. Elizabeth exudes happiness and youthful enthusiasm. When she is not working, Elizabeth loves to paint mandalas and to practice Reiki. As a lover of travel and adventure Elizabeth enjoys being surprised by the wonders of nature.
ANTARCTICA XXI is a member of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA), a membership association that aims to promote Latin America as a tourist destination and stimulate growth of travel to the region. The association is comprised of over 275 tourism boards, airlines, hotels, tour operators, representation companies and the travel press.
ANTARCTICA XXI is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
ANTARCTICA XXI is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Established in 1990, ATTA serves 1000 members in 80 countries. Members include tour operators, tourism boards, and specialty accommodations with a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism.
Having done many Artic trips, I was fully aware of the difficulties that this type of trip can encounter. However the expedition staff (all) were very professional and provided a first class service – whatever the circumstances. The multi-national make up added to the knowledge and skills of the staff. The catering staff and room service staff were wonderful – efficient, charming, friendly and professional. The food was excellent, plenty of variety and well presented
I have traveled all over the world with numerous companies, and this is clearly my favorite excursion thus far. I truly appreciated the delightful staff, the ample opportunity to take spectacular photographs, and all the nice touches ANTARCTICA XXI added to make this trip so special. Antarctica will live in my heart forever.
The ship’s staffs were exceptional. It is amazing that the company has with these people, created a symphony of excellence. I did not detect one false note the entire time on board. The service was excellent, professional in every aspect and at the same time, generally friendly. Congratulations!
I am enormously grateful to have had the privilege to reach Antarctica by airplane, thus avoiding the 15-metre waves that happen during two days in the Drake Passage or, as it is called, the "Drake Shake".
I enjoyed it all so, so much. I have looked at my photos often and am shortly to give a talk with them in my local village. I should love to go back to Antarctica one day, but only if our excellent guides are still in charge!! The highlights of the trip are too numerous to mention, but the scenery and the icebergs will last a long time in my memory. Thank you all for making it such a wonderful experience.
This was the trip of a lifetime! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone in any age range with any number of traveling companions. The thing we marveled about what the diversity on the ship - people from so many nations, people from so many backgrounds, people of all age ranges, a lot of people traveling alone. Everyone on board - the crew and the expedition staff - were absolutely amazing. Everyone on the ship was constantly commenting on how attentive and accommodating the crew were with everything that they did, and it's because the service was unbelievable and delivered with a genuine smile. Every morning that I woke up on that trip, I felt grateful and happy. Often by the end of vacations, getting back to the luxuries at my own home and the routine feel good to me, but this time I would trade it all for being back on that ship! Thanks for all of your work with us to make this possible!