Voyage 7001

Round-trip Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - January 7, 2010 - Ushuaia, Argentina

We sailed away at about 6pm and everyone was out on deck watching as the sailors cast off the lines. It is always an emotional moment when we leave the pier and the Captain blows the ships horn. Even for Expedition Team, who have done this many times there is a feeling of excitement and anticipation...


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Day 2 - January 8, 2010 - Drake Passage En Route To Antarctic Peninsula

I grabbed my binoculars before breakfast to take a look off the stern of the ship to observe our flying friends who have begun to follow the ship by soaring in the winds that stream around our vessel. So far I’ve only had the opportunity to spot a few Cape Pintados and an albatross or two but these numbers will greatly increase tomorrow as we reach the nutrient rich waters after crossing the cold Antarctic Convergence


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Day 3 - January 9, 2010 - Discovery Bay, Greenwich Island

And those out on the aft deck were rewarded with huge flocks of Cape Petrels along with a few Giant Petrels, the odd Antarctic Petrel, and a few Wilson’s Petrels dancing over the wash behind the Prince Albert II.


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Day 4 - January 10, 2010 - Antarctic Sound – Brown Bluff – Paulet Island

For most guests it was their first step on the Antarctic continent and for many it was their seventh continent they stepped on.


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Day 5 - January 11, 2010 - Half Moon Island–Bransfield Strait

We landed at Half Moon Island on a cobble beach that rose to eroded rock pillars surrounded by Chinstrap penguins.


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Day 6 - January 12, 2010 - Paradise Harbour, Neko Harbour

Neko Harbour presents itself in all its splendid grandeur in brilliant sunshine. The gentoo penguins breeding there apparently are very much behind schedule.


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Day 7 - January 13, 2010 - Lemaire Channel, Pleneau Bay, Vernadsky Base

Sailing between icebergs that grounded in the bay was also interesting entertainment for us due to unexpected forms of ice – arches, caves, "mushrooms".


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Day 8 - January 14, 2010 - Gonzalez Videla Station, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula

We managed to bring out guests ashore for a short landing at the base, where there is a small museum, souvenir shop and the highlight of the day – the resident leucistic Gentoo penguin.


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Day 9 - January 15, 2010 - Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

Our Expedition Leader offered a hike to the top of Ronald Hill, which provided a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding area and nearby freshwater Kroner Lake.


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Day 10 - January 16, 2010 - In Transit Drake Passage

The afternoon was completed with a cooking demonstration by our Executive Chef Douglas and, by our Head Sommelier Pedrag, the pairing of the dish Douglas prepared with wine.


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Day 11 - January 17, 2010 - Drake Passage – Cape Horn – Beagle Channel – Ushuaia

All departments were called on stage, and Captain Peter Stahlberg thanked all very warmly and with his smiling humor for all the duties on the ship.


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