Sailing Through Neptune’s Bellows Antarctica

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The entrance into Deception Island was full of marvel and wonder. It really was like a James Bond film scene. Even standing on deck waiting to pass through a narrow passage known as “Neptune’s Bellows” you could sense the mist of intrigue in the air.

It was cold and chilly on deck and a wee bit windy. A brave crowd had gathered on deck to view our narrow entrance through the slim channel into Deception Island.

Deception Island in Antarctica is c shaped! This makes the entrance into it very tricky through the narow pasage known as Neptune’s Bellows. The ship swayed a bit but the captain did a great job in steering us into into the magical Deception Island.

And the entrance is like going into the letter “c” so this was a special slow motion part of the Antarctica adventure, another exciting time to be up on deck as the captain, Bulgarian Asparuh Chorbadzhiev sailed us into the narrow entrance at Neptune’s Bellows.

It was one of a few times I visited the Bridge during the sailing and it was quite busy – everyone wanted to hear and watch the captain at work in what is a tricky job.

There is a photo I took of the captain just as we were entering Neptune’s Bellows to head into Deception Island which prtrays the magnitude of it.

Neptune’s Bellows (630S 6034W) is a channel on the southeast side of Deception Island forming the entrance to Port Foster, in the South Shetland Islands. The name, after the Roman sea god Neptune, was appended by American sealers prior to 1822 because of the strong gusts experienced in this narrow channel.

Despite strong winds, the captain steered the boat calmly through Neptune’s Bellows and into Deception Island where a magical experience lay ahead. This was an amazing journey!

For more journeys like backpacking in Antarcticahead to Jonny Blair’s exciting website which details Antarctica travel showing you how to live your travel fantasies.

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