Of all the Antarctic experiences an expeditioner gets to enjoy whilst in Antarctica, one of the most enjoyable and sought after are the iceberg or ‘berg’ cruises. This year at Casey we have been very fortunate with the weather conditions and the fact we have a willing number of coxswains to drive the boats.
We have managed to stage quite a few berg cruises and a large number of expeditioners have been out. There is considerable effort required to cruise the bergs with preparation of the inflatable rubber boats, ensuring all the safety equipment is on board, that expeditioners are all wearing their Mustang suits and carrying their survival packs. After all that is down, there is a quick safety induction and off we go.
Cruises can last several hours but in such a stupendous environment, time nearly stands still. A highlight is when nearing a berg, we turn off the boat’s engine and just sit there in absolute silence. It is an experience never to be forgotten.