What did you think of your group leader?
First the ship's captain deserves a mention. The first time we saw a huge (bigger then the ship) tabular iceberg he steered straight towards it and did a circumnavigation so we could get a good look close up. He and the deck officers did a magnificent job of getting us to where the most interesting sights were. Obviously the engineers did a similarly brilliant job, but less visibly. I could not criticise in any way shape or form the expedition staff on the MV Sea Adventurer. There were 12 of them plus the expedition doctor (and she fully participated on the landings). The expedition team leader gave us a wake up call every morning and it'll be some time before I forget them. Every one of the multinational expedition team was an expert in their own field. We had presentations on ornithology, marine biology, geology, history, weather, the Antarctic Treaty and probably more besides. They were skilled zodiac drivers and we trusted them absolutely. I cannot speak too highly of them. Solan, the team leader, was a laid-back Alaskan. If he said "get out there now" you knew there was something good to be seen.