Three Worlds, One Voyage is the vivid, first-hand account of a small expedition cruise to Antarctica in March 2020 just as the Corona virus exploded across the globe. Don Jorgensen’s fascinating, entertaining stories and photos bring you on a journey into the vast, white Antarctic peninsula to walk among penguins, sail and kayak past amazing icebergs, hungry seals and humpback whales. As the coronavirus and its devastating effects began to spread in the United States and around the world, the author highlights the challenges facing each passenger as they re-cross the violent Drake Passage and attempt to return home to a fearful, chaotic world. As port after port turns the ship away, international flight cancellations multiply, and reports of sick cruise ships increase, the voyagers are faced with questions like: Will passengers be stranded and quarantined in Argentina? Will the U.S. let their own citizens back into the country? Will everyone be forced to spend another three to four weeks on board? Will all passengers be required to sail on to Europe? The story reflects how the pandemic also forced the author to address the personal challenge of transitioning from a lifetime of non-stop work and action to a post-work “non-retirement” life of meaning and joy.

Don Jorgensen, Ph.D. is the founder of Jorgensen Healthcare Associates and owner of Arizona-based Human Factor Consulting. He is a worldwide traveler and consultant in the areas of change leadership, performance improvement. He has authored numerous articles and books, including Children of Alcoholics: A Treatment Guide, Secrets Told by Children of Alcoholics: What Concerned Adults Need to Know, and Notes to my Daughter. Don Jorgensen lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Kathy.

Some photos from our June 2 meeting.