Voyage 7025

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - December 19, 2010 - Ushuaia, Argentina 

The Prince Albert II casts off the lines at 5 p.m. and while we sail west in the Beagle Channel the quaint little town of Ushuaia slowly drops behind us.

 


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Day 2 - December 13, 2010 - En route from Straits of Lemaire to Falkland Islands

The First Timer’s Reception provides a great opportunity for me to chat with guests who are enthusiastic, inquisitive and eager to see the wondrous sights offered by such a wonderful voyage as ours that visits the ‘big 3’ down south: the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Antarctica.


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Day 3 - December 21, 2010 - West Point Island, Falkland Islands 

The wind was so strong that birds had to circle a few times before perfecting their landings, and some glided just over our heads – an amazing experience.

 


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Day 4 - December 21, 2010 -  Stanley, Falkland Islands 

 

This morning I awoke to see the street lights of Stanley glowing outside my stateroom window. As the skies brightened the colorful homes, shops, and other buildings could be clearly seen.

 


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Day 5 - December 23, 2010 - At Sea

“Mad Dog” Rich and Mike spent hours outside, showing the guests amazing seabirds flying around the ship.


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Day 6 - December 24, 2010 -  Shag Rocks and Southern Ocean 

 

The reason we were seeing more wildlife was that this shallow area has a lot of rich food available, and the wildlife was here in great numbers taking advantage of the bounty.

 


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Day 7 - December 25, 2010 -  Godthul and Grytviken, South Georgia 

 

I climbed the hill behind the station and looked down at the tiny enclave on one side and the small fresh water ponds on the other. Behind us the snow-capped peaks and glacier-filled valleys of the mountains of South Georgia loomed.

 


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Day 8 - December 26, 2010 -  Bay of Isles, South Georgia 

 

It is an amazing sight to see thousands of king penguins just standing there, in all stages of their breeding cycle or heading to and from the water in big groups. Our guests were greeted by thousands of fur seals of all sizes. The small pups seem to be particularly numerous here.

 


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Day 9 - December 27, 2010 -  En route from South Georgia Island to Elephant Island 

 

It was not the day that we had originally planned, but one that offered the promise of more time along the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula starting the day after tomorrow.

 


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Day 10 - December 28, 2010 - At Sea, en route to Elephant Island 

Everyone was looking forward to smoother seas tomorrow and almost as excited at the prospect of approaching Elephant Island as Shackleton must have been.

 


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Day 11 - December 29, 2010 - Elephant Island and at Sea 

Late in the afternoon we made it to Elephant Island with time to complete a Zodiac cruise around Point Wild.

 


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Day 12 - December 30, 2010 - Brown Bluff and Kinnes Cove 

In the first minutes, we encountered a Crabeater Seal and a Weddell Seal lying lazy on the ice and only vaguely paying attention to our boats.

 


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Day 13 - December 31, 2010 - Deception Island, Whaler’s Bay & Telefon Bay 

Soon there were a number of brave souls peeling off layers down to their swim suits, diving into the cold waters of the bay and quickly running for the warmth of our little plunge pool.

 


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Day 14 - January 1, 2011 - Cuverville Island, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay 

Sailing through a sculpture garden of icebergs, the Prince Albert II arrived at small exposed rock area surrounded by glaciers.

 


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Day 15 - January 2, 2011 - Goudier Island 

After running “Base A” through the 1960s and 1970s, the site was abandoned and only in 1995 did the British Antarctic Heritage Trust come back to renovate and preserve it.

 


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Day 16 - January 3, 2011 - En route from Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia, Argentina 

The Captain also introduced representatives of the crew whose hard work has been the foundation of making this voyage such a success.

 


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Day 17 - January 4, 2011 - Drake Passage, en route to Ushuaia 

The approach was incredibly picturesque and it was a pleasure to see greenery again and even buildings.

 


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