Voyage 7005

Round-trip Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - February 20, 2010 - Moored At, Then Underway From Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning I awoke to find that a light dusting of snow had ‘sugar coated’ the tall Andes mountains that surround the picturesque little town of Ushuaia...


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Day 2 - February 21, 2010 - At Sea En Route To The Falkland Islands

“THERE SHE BLOWS!” were the first words I heard this morning when our Expedition Leader Robin West made an announcement to let us know that a group of 3 fin whales were in sight not far from the ship...


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Day 3 - February 22, 2010 - Falkland Islands (West Point Island Am, Saunders Island Pm)

The sight of the colony left us all speechless, and all one could hear was the clicking of the cameras! We all got to enjoy fantastic views of the Albatrosses, from really close...


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Day 4 - February 23, 2010 - Stanley, Falkland Islands; At Sea

Around 7.15 am the Prince Albert II reached the anchor position in the bay of Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands...


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Day 5 - February 26, 2010 - Scotia Sea En Route From The Falklands To South Georgia

The one nice thing about the strong winds is that we had quite a few beautiful wandering albatrosses around the ship for most of the day...


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Day 6 - February 26, 2010 - At Sea

Just as we went for lunch, a small group of Fin Whales was sighted close to the ship. These were the forerunners of a steady stream of sightings during the day...


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Day 7 - February 26, 2010 - Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

Salisbury is meant to have one of the largest king penguin colonies in the world. Published numbers of the amount of penguins vary, but none of them is below 100,000...


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Day 8 - February 27, 2010 - Underway Between Fortuna Bay And Stromness Bay, South Georgia Island

Could not have asked for a better day to assist in guiding the ‘Shackleton Walk’. This hike replicates the last portion of Shackleton’s epic journey across mountainous South Georgia to seek rescue...


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Day 9 - February 28, 2010 - Godthul And Grytviken, South Georgia

Shortly after they came ashore, about 30 guests set off with Stefan and Kara on a beautiful hike that would take them through tundra, hills, mountains plateaus, lakes and some spectacular alpine scenery...


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Day 10 - March 10, 2010 - South Georgia (Gold Harbour Am, Departure 10 Am)

But the real thrill came when we approached the main colony of King Penguins and the hundreds of them standing on the beach with a fantastic glacier background...


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Day 11 - March 2, 2010 - At Sea, En Route To Elephant Island

But even more impressive is when you then look out and see the Wandering Albatross easily making his way without flapping his wings over the enraged sea. Just admiring how well adapted these birds are to natural conditions...


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Day 12 - March 3, 2010 - Scotia Sea En Route From South Georgia To Antarctica

Skies were overcast in the morning, wandering albatrosses flew around the ship and some brief sightings of hourglass dolphins and humpback and fin whales were reported...


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Day 13 - March 4, 2010 - At Sea En Route From South Georgia To Antarctica

The weather did not seem to be to the liking of albatrosses. The smaller birds were more plentiful, although difficult to follow as they dipped in and out of the swell...


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Day 14 - March 5, 2010 - Base Esperanza, Antarctica

I spent 2 hours on the foredeck, which the captain opened for this passage. Beside the giant tabular icebergs, there were many seals on the sea ice. Some Adelie Penguins were also around...


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Day 15 - March 6, 2010 - Deception Island, Antarctica

Malindy (onboard photographer), Peter Damisch (historian) and I drove a Zodiac around to Whalers Bay. The idea was to have an opportunity to take some photos of the ship while navigating this narrow passage, the entrance to Deception Island’s inner bay...


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Day 16 - March 7, 2010 - Underway In The Drake Passage En Route Ushuaia, Argentina

The wind and waves were quite modest throughout the day and I stood with many guests out on deck to observe the sea birds that were gliding in the air currents that surround the Prince Albert II...


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Day 17 - March 8, 2010 - At Sea; Arrival In Ushuaia

This was the last sailing day of Voyage 7005 on board the Prince Albert II. Too bad it was coming to an end...


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