The small cruise ship Clelia II, reported the loss of one engine while heading for Antarctica in heavy weather. Dramatic footage from another ship shows her pitching in very steep seas, and making a very heavy time of it.
The ship called in Halifax on October 9, 2010 (see post from that date) after completing a summer on the Great Lakes. I am sure she would be a fine ship for that type of work. Taking her to Antarctica seems to me to be nothing less than foolish. Her bridge is very low to the water and quite exposed to seas over the bow.
Late reports indicate that the ship and passengers are safe, but I doubt they are having much fun.
See Globe and Mail article and newsclip: