Cruising: Antarctica adventure

This article is part of a weekly series on cruising in The Sun Herald, Sydney. If you have done an interesting shore excursion and are interested in being featured, please send an email to

WHO Troy Conley from Sydney’s north shore, on his seventh cruise.

WHAT Camping on the ice.

WHERE Antarctica.

THE SHIP  Troy, who is a travel agent but travelled at his own expense, cruised on G Adventures’ MS Expedition (

“We had dinner as normal on the ship, then after dinner we were taken out in zodiacs to where we were going to be camping. The group was just over 20 people, so a nice small group, which was great.

“They [G Adventures] only do the camping excursion once during the trip; they do it when they have the best opportunity in terms of the weather.

“These sorts of trips are very hands-on, so you set up all your gear yourself, but the camping guide we had was absolutely brilliant in terms of helping everyone and making sure everyone was comfortable, because you obviously are a bit out of your comfort zone.

“The guides take turns to stay up and keep an eye on the camp, so if the weather changes or anything happens they can wake everyone up and get them back to the ship. When you’ve got leopard seals that could come up at any point, it’s good to know someone is keeping an eye on things!

“If you want to just get into your tent and sleep, you can do that, but a few of us decided to do a hike up to the top of the ridge near our campsite. You don’t really get sunrise and sunset at the time of year we were there but you get a sort of twilight period.

“I then went to sleep for a while, woke up at 3am and spent a couple of hours just hanging out with the penguins. It was just… (click here to keep reading)

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