Voyage 7024

Round-trip Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - December 8, 2010 - Ushuaia and Beagle Channel, Argentina

For this voyage I was lucky to be assigned to the welcome committee and greet the guests as they arrived.


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Day 2 - December 9, 2010 - Drake Passage

Right after the briefing, everyone was out on deck to watch the seabirds soaring around the ship.

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Day 3 - December 10, 2010 - South Shetland Islands, Halfmoon Island

I was soon helping to land the Zodiacs, and getting guests onto the island for a short afternoon interpretive walk through snow, and amongst the Chinstrap penguins that call Halfmoon Island home.


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Day 4 - December 11, 2010 - Brown Bluff and Kinnes Cove

Our afternoon Zodiac trip through Kinnes Cove was a marvel of ice. The icebergs were every color of blue.


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Day 5 - December 12, 2010 -  Almirante Brown, Paradise Bay

The conditions were perfect: mirror-still waters, blue skies and the fantastic backdrop of the ice-covered Antarctic Peninsula.


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Day 6 - December 13, 2010 - North of Cape Renard

After a careful Zodiac scouting by the Expedition Leader we were able to safely take our guests through this awe-inspiring passage into the wonders of Hidden Bay.


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Day 7 - December 14, 2010 - Waterboat Point, Danco Island & Cuverville Island

Those of us who felt fit enough (I only hesitated a brief moment!) went ashore and climbed high up the hill on Danco Island.


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Day 8 - December 15, 2010 -  Port Lockroy, Goudier Island 

 

I was lucky to guide guests on Zodiac cruises around the heavily glaciered bay and the various small islands that contain a variety of bird life.

 


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Day 9 - December 16, 2010 -  Deception Island 

 

Most of the guests were reluctant to undress and go into the cold water of the bay... but as soon as they discovered the thermal water to be 40°C, about 30 bold Antarctic heroes dared the Polar Plunge!

 


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Day 10 - December 17, 2010 -  Drake Passage 

 

These magnificent birds don’t always hang around for very long, and I did not want to miss the opportunity, as they were very close to the ship.

 


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Day 11 - December 18, 2010 -  Ushuaia, Argentina 

 

I watched the birds that had followed us for so much of our trip, gliding along behind us once again.

 


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