Voyage 7126

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - November 25, 2011 - Ushuaia, Argentina 

It was difficult to pull myself away from the gorgeous scenery as we made our way through the Beagle Channel.  


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Day 2 - November 26, 2011 - At sea towards the Falkland Islands 

The weather was spectacular, so quite a lot of people went to the outer decks and enjoyed the sight of hundreds of seabirds soaring around the ship.  


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Day 3 - November 27, 2011 - Westpoint and Saunders Islands, Falkland Islands 

The King Penguins have formed a small colony and hangout in the past years, and are usually present, many of them moulting.  


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Day 4 - November 28, 2011 - Stanley, Falkland Islands, British Overseas Territory 

This beautiful structure is also famous for having a huge memorial arch just outside, but unique in that it was constructed in the 1930s from the jawbones of whales. 


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Day 5 - November 29, 2011 - At sea  

The Captain turned the ship to give us better views and 2 whales came up less than 20 meters from where everyone was standing and watching them out on deck. 


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Day 6 - November 30, 2011 - At Sea 

 One cool thing we noticed is that our viewing of the snow petrels at Shag Rocks are north of what the guidebooks say they should be.


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Day 7 - December 1, 2011 - Sailsbury Plain & Stromness, South Georgia Island 

It’s hard for me to describe what it is like to stand in the noise and awesome stink of 250,000 king penguins.  


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Day 8 - December 2, 2011 - Godthul and Grytviken, South Georgia 

The first to land were our long hikers who graced the beaches for only a few seconds before gallivanting up the tussock-covered slopes. 


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Day 9 - December 3, 2011 - St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour, South Georgia 

From the moment you step ashore, in the distance the continuous calls and whistles of thousands of penguins can be heard, as you approach the main colony it becomes louder and louder, the sound of over 200,000 birds!!! 


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Day 10 - December 4, 2011 - En route from South Georgia Island to Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands 

However, in true expedition style, that timing went completely out the window when a large tabular iceberg appeared on the horizon in front of the ship, further welcoming us to the Antarctic.  


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Day 11 - December 5, 2011 - At sea  

Most people took the opportunity to sleep in and relax a bit, to catch up on editing photos or sending messages home, reading or enjoying tea and coffee in the lounges.  


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Day 12 - December 6, 2011 -  Elephant Island

 

Located at the archipelago’s northeastern end, Elephant Island is known as the desolate place where 22 members of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition were stranded.

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Day 13 - December 7, 2011 - Brown Bluff and Kinnes Cove, Antarctic Peninsula

I think that all of us probably feel like we’ve really arrived on the wildest, iciest, most dramatic continent on earth. And we have.


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Day 14 - December 8, 2011 - Cuverville and Neko Harbour, Antarctica 

On the beach, the penguins were delightful and I marched up and down the human highway filling in boot holes that were just a little too deep for a passing penguin.


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Day 15 - December 9, 2011 - Half Moon Island and Whalers Bay, Deception Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica 

After most guests were ashore, many left for the walk through the beach toward Neptune’s Windows, which offers a view to the outside of the Caldera and into the open ocean.


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Day 16 - December 10, 2011 - Drake Passage en route to Ushuaia, Argentina

During our crossings of the Drake Passage there are always a large number of tremendously graceful sea birds soaring around the Silver Explorer and today was no exception.


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Day 17 - December 11, 2011 - At Sea

Only the very tops of the mountains were capped in snow, the rest of the slopes were beautiful green – a color we had not seen much of in several days now.


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