Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea lies between the South Shetland Islands and the continent of Antarctica itself. It's visited by some Antarctic cruises but not all and is said to be home to the largest number of penguin rookeries.

It was named the Weddell Sea in 1900 after the voyager who was able to get through the ice which normally covers the sea in thick sheets in this area and that had seen many ships struggle to break through until Feb. 20, 1823, a British explorer and sealer, James Weddell, on the brig “Jane,” found an unusually open route southeastward from the South Orkney Islands.

Map of Weddell Sea

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Trips that visit Weddell Sea