Voyage 7106

Ushuaia to Cape Town

 

 

Day 1 - March 3, 2011 - Ushuaia, Argentina

So…here we are after dinner sailing down the calm waters of the Beagle Channel, watching the sun set over the rugged mountains.

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Day 2 - March 4, 2011 - At sea en route to the Falkland Islands

The sharply contrasting black and white Black-browed Albatrosses were by far the most numerous birds we could see, although they tended to keep their distance.

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Day 3 - March 5, 2011 - Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

In no time at all guests were arriving ashore and being guided across the island to Devil’s Nose, a readily accessible mixed colony of black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins.

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Day 4 - March 6, 2011 - Stanley, Falkland Islands

We scrambled into these trucks - 2 or 3 guests per vehicle - and off we went off road.

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Day 5 - March 7, 2011 - At Sea

The rest of the morning, the Expedition Team was out on deck looking out for whales and of course seabirds, which, under these conditions, were abundant around the ship.

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Day 6 - March 8, 2011 - At sea

The blows were huge, the animal was huge, wait there was more than 1, there were 3 (!) Blue Whales a hundred metres or so away from the ship. What a sight!

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Day 7 - March 9, 2011 - Salisbury Plain, Prion Island and Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

But it was the site that greeted us on the beach that overwhelmed us – thousands of brightly coloured king penguins were strung out along the beach – like a brightly coloured necklace!

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Day 8 - March 10, 2011 - Fortuna Bay; Stromness; Grytviken

As is usually the case on South Georgia there was a welcoming party of Fur Seal pups, and in this case a bull Fur Seal was also present but did not stay long.

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Day 9 - March 11, 2011 - Nordenskjold Glacier, Cumberland East Bay

Suddenly some ice pieces broke away from either side of the column giving us ample warning that we were about to witness a spectacular incident.

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Day 10 - March 12, 2011 - Today’s Port: Gold Harbour & Cooper Bay

I had a ball sitting in my Zodiac watching the hundreds of Antarctic fur seals play around my boat in the water, graciously doing pirouettes and acrobatics with an incredible agility.

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Day 11 - March 13, 2011 - At sea

The first sea day after these four wonderful days in South Georgia, was a cloudy and windy day as the Prince Albert II was making her way towards our next destination Tristan da Cunha.

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Day 12 - March 14, 2011 - At sea

Recap and Briefing was at the usual time of 18h45 and as usual the expedition team pulled interesting and amusing tidbits together.

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Day 13 - March 15, 2011 - At sea

Directly after the lecture, Marcus the Executive Chef, invited everyone into the Panorama Lounge for a casual presentation about the ‘Behind the Scenes’ workings of the Hotel Department.

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Day 14 - March 16, 2011 - At Sea en route to Tristan da Cunha

Every so often the fog cleared and we had a beautiful blue sea and sky.

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Day 15 - March 17, 2011 - Nightingale Island, Tristan da Cunha Island group

There I learned that our Zodiac tour was to be postponed and that given the improvement in sea state we were to immediately launch three Zodiacs and pick up the remaining ten crew members from the grounded ship, Oliva.

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Day 16 - March 18, 2011 - Tristan da Cunha

It was interesting to see the superstructure half sunken, where we had rescued the crew just 24 hours ago

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Day 17 - March 19, 2011 - Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha

After two days of waiting and between rescue operations, we finally had good luck and the swell was not too big so our guests had the unique opportunity to land on Tristan da Cunha.

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Day 18 - March 20, 2011 - At sea

Straight after my lecture, we had “Ready, Steady, Cook” a cook-off between Robin, our Expedition Leader and Markus, our Hotel Director.

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Day 19 - March 21, 2011 - At Sea en route to Cape Town

At the end of Robin’s lecture there was a question and answer session with the Captain, Staff Captain, Chief Engineer and Hotel Director, who all got up on stage.

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Day 20 - March 22, 2011 - At Sea en route for Cape Town

The rest of the evening proved to be very special as at 1900 the Expedition Staff and some of the Crew and guests were invited up onto the Bridge to celebrate the Maritime Wedding of Robin, our Expedition Leader, and Jarda the Expedition Assistant conducted by the Captain.

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Day 21 - March 23, 2011 - West of Cape Town, South Atlantic Ocean

To commemorate the Tea-time slot that the Trivia occupies, a Silversea logo mug for each member of the winning team, not to mention bragging rights.

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Day 22 - March 24, 2011 - Cape Town, South Africa

A very popular local band called “The Cape Minstrels” was playing for us at the pier.

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