In stretching my Patsy Cline moment, it is well past midnight by the time I make my way to the bridge of the Akademik Ioffe. From earlier visits in the day, I have befriended a few of the officers on the bridge and they welcome my company.
It is the first one we have seen since leaving the Beagle Channel four days ago.
From the signature on the Ioffe’s radar display, it is believed the ship is the National Geographic Explorer.
As we head towards West Antarctica, I am told we are in the Gerlache Strait between New Scotland Island and the Antarctic Continent.
Again, the experience of a life time continues even past midnight.