It’s the point at which the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans converge en route to Antarctica. And, to some who have never crossed it, it’s taken on mythical proportions of being virtually impassable.
To hear some tell it, making it to the other side of The Drake is akin to surviving the mouth of a dragon.
Which is too bad. Those misperceptions can keep you from taking the adventure of a lifetime. Because, the truth is, yes, it can be rough (“the Drake Shake”). But it can also be as calm as bathwater (“the Drake Lake”).
If you happen to get the Drake Lake—woohoo!—that’s a big bonus. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as the seabirds soar alongside your ship, and you eagerly watch for the South Shetland Islands to emerge as an oasis on the horizon.
If you get the Drake Shake, sure, it may leave you feeling a bit woozy. But tens of thousands have experienced it at its worst and gone on to have an experience they’ll never forget. Modern medications such as the patch or Bonine have helped many people before you!
One of our prior guests onboard perhaps said it best:
And the reward?
As you can see, when you emerge from the passage and begin to see the wonder before you that is Antarctica, memories of chop and waves will quickly evaporate into breathtaking landscapes, and spectacular wildlife very few will ever see.
So if the only thing that stands between you and photographing Antarctica is the thought of crossing the Drake, think again. Talk to us – we can help prepare you to make it through with flying colors and come out afterwards with photos you will cherish for a lifetime.