Seasickness and the Drake Passage
For most people, the most daunting thing about booking a trip to Antarctica is the thought of sailing across the Drake Passage. While some ships offer fly cruise options where you land smoothly at King George Island skipping the sailing altogether, most ships still sail to and from Ushuaia, meaning you have to cross the notorious Drake Passage to get to the Great White Continent.
The Drake is known for being one of the roughest stretches of sea anywhere in the world, so understandably, it can be intimidating, with only two settings – the ‘Drake Lake’ and the ‘Drake Shake’ as they are affectionately known by ship crews.
If you get a Drake Lake crossing, chances are you'll still feel some movement from 2 - 5 metre waves. This is pretty normal, but it can be unnerving for people who haven't spent any time on ships before. If you're unlucky? You might experience the full force of the Drake, and you’ll truly earn your way to Antarctica. For those that embrace the Drake Shake, it can be exhilarating standing on the bridge of a ship, watching the magnificent waves crash over the bow as albatross soar around you in the wind.