Voyage 7022

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - November 10, 2010 - Ushuaia, Argentina

Together with our guests and my colleagues I enjoyed the Sail Away out of Ushuaia along the historic Beagle Channel.


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Day 2 - November 11, 2010 - En route to the Falkland Islands

Sunshine and blue skies greet us in the morning and a multitude of seabirds is circling around the ship, from the large and graceful black-browed albatross to giant petrels and cape petrels to the small Wilson’s storm petrel.


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Day 3 - November 12, 2010 - West Point and Saunders Islands, Falkland Islands

We were delighted to catch our first glimpse of king penguins, a few small groups approaching quite close to us, and others parading along the beach.


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Day 4 - November 13, 2010 - Stanley, Falkland Islands

The spectacular weather followed all of us as we wandered around the small Gentoo Penguin rookeries watching their antics as they trumpeted, preened, shifted their eggs, and moved small stones around their nests.


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Day 5 - November 14, 2010 - At Sea

I was having so much fun observing the large quantity and variety of seabirds that I just barely arrived in The Theatre before Victoria, one of our onboard historians, began her riveting presentation about the life of Ernest Shackleton.


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Day 6 - November 15, 2010 - At sea

Just after lunch we passed Shag Rocks, six small craggy islands protruding from the ocean and I could just make out large numbers of small black shapes flying to and from them – these were the shags (or cormorants) which gave them their name.


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Day 7 - November 16, 2010 - Salisbury Plain, Prion Island, South Georgia

In the true spirit of expedition cruising, Expedition Leader Conrad Combrink and Captain Peter Stahlberg came up with a plan to anchor in Rosita Harbour and let us take a hike ashore.


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Day 8 - November 17, 2010 - Stromness, Grytviken, South Georgia

Our guests were just amazed by the beauty of the landscape.


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Day 9 - November 18, 2010 - Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay, South Georgia

Hundreds of female elephant seals are gathered in harems on the beach and closely watched by the big males that are strong enough to defend a territory there.


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Day 10 - November 19, 2010 - At sea, en route to Elephant Island


After that it had to be naptime, though Shoshanah Jacobs’ lecture The Debate on Climate Change encouraged a number of guests to return to the Theatre at 3pm.


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Day 11 - November 20, 2010 - En route to Elephant Island

Not too much time to waste as we all gathered in the Panorama Lounge for a cooking demonstration: crème brulé was the featured recipe and it brought me back to my childhood when my mother would occasionally allow us to have dessert before dinner.


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Day 12 - November 12, 2010 - en route to King George Island

As I ferried our guests towards this rocky shore, I could see Adelie and chinstrap penguins walking along the beach in amongst a few elephant seals that were sleeping away the afternoon.


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Day 13 - November 22, 2010 - Brown Bluff

The intense blue of some of the icebergs had an almost neon quality, glowing out from their snowy tops, and the textures and shapes of the others held us spellbound.


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Day 14 - November 23, 2010 - Port Lockroy

Excitement was high and no one noticed how cold it was as they enjoyed the performance of the orcas.


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Day 15 - November 24, 2010 - Whalers Bay, Deception Island, Aitcho, Barrientos Island, Antarctic

A lot of our guests joined the walk up to the top of the hill, from where they had an absolutely stunning view over the Whalers Bay.


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Day 16 - November 25, 2010 - At sea, en route to Ushuaia

Captain Peter Stahlberg invited all of us to his “Farewell Cocktail Party” in The Theatre followed by the “Farewell Dinner” in The Restaurant.


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Day 17 - November 26, 2010 - At sea, en route to Ushuaia

Shortly after that, we docked in Ushuaia and by 6.45pm all clearance procedures had been completed and we were free to spend the evening ashore if we wished.


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