Bert’s Beauty Shots: Antarctica

Bert’s Beauty Shots: Antarctica

My first experience in Antarctica is hard to describe. If you haven’t been there, then I can tell you as much as possible and I can show you 500 photos, but, it won’t do any justice.

The white continent is incredible; in any form: the size, the wildlife, the sun which sets in summer at 1 a.m. and rises again 1 minute later…

Just the experience, just to sail through this pristine area where a handful of people have been to. Just to bet with guests how far the ship is going through the channel. Just to see how the captain and his team of navigators steer the vessel around icebergs like it is a piece of cake while in fact it is one of the hardest things to do since these massive obstacles are continuously on the move.

I am fortunate that I was able to capture the beauty of it. Or at least, some of it. You can look at a 4 x 6 inch photo on the site but you should actually look at 4 x 6 feet images. Than you get a good impression. Too bad the computer monitors aren’t that big…

Some people ask me which is nicer to see: Alaska or Antarctica. Now I know that you can’t compare both regions. Antarctica has nothing to do with Alaska besides a glacier here and there. Antarctica and Alaska are both beautiful in their own very special way. I will definitely go back. To Antarctica AND Alaska.

Bert van Mackelenbergh is Veendam’s hotel director.


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  1. Patricia B January 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I was hoping we would get to see your handiwork. These are fabulous and bring back memories of our cruise!

  2. Sandra A January 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing the pictures are fabulous. My husband & I are on the Veendam that leaves Buenos Aires on Jan 30 2013. We are looking forward to seeing the sights first hand.

  3. Bert van Mackelenbergh January 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Dear Sandra,

    keep an eye on the blog for the next few days since I am posting approximately 50 photos

    have fun on your trip. It is truly amazing

  4. Christel January 13, 2013 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Hoi Bertje,
    Prachtige foto’s! Wil je dit jaar de hoffotograaf van de golden glitters zijn?
    Wij zijn er weer bij! See you 8 februari! Liefs uit Breda ook voor Jenn!
    Christel en d’r mannen

  5. Deborah Esgaib January 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Congratulations for the photos of extreme good taste and high quality! Beautiful memories!

  6. James Lee February 9, 2013 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Dear Bert:

    I was on the Veendam Antarctica cruise on 2013 New Year. We had a great time, tks for all your good team works.

    The photos you took are exceptional. Can yo also post the one with penguins jumping into private swimming pool on an iceberg? It was on the Veendam Newsletter Jan 6, 2013.


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