Voyage 7128

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - December 22, 2011 - Ushuaia Port, Argentina

Many crew work against the clock as soon as guests disembark in the morning to get everything ready and spotless for the arriving guests in time for the afternoon sail-away.


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Day 2 - December 23, 2011 - South Atlantic en route Falkland Islands 

Imagine my surprise in the morning when I looked outside to discover that we were surrounded by fairly large waves but with relatively long distances between each crest.


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Day 3 - December 24, 2011 - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

The colorful roofs – such a bright splash of color after a long day on the grey sea yesterday - struck us powerfully on approaching the town.  


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Day 4 - December 25, 2011 - Franz Bairlein, Ornithologist 

West Point Island lies off the most north-westerly point of West Falkland, and it offers colonies of black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins, and dramatic west-facing cliffs.


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Day 5 - December 26, 2011 - At sea, Drake Passage

we are crossing a vast part of the ocean now on our way to Antarctica, so there is a good chance to see more species, for example Humpback, Fin and Minke Whales.


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Day 6 - December 27, 2011 - Liz Bradfield, Naturalist

Watching their low, dark dorsal fins appear and disappear in the waves, I thought about the vast distances this young whale had already traveled.


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Day 7 - December 28, 2011 - Antarctic Peninsula

Off went the first group for a Zodiac cruise around the icebergs and penguin colonies. I managed to sneak into the last boat on the last cruise of the day and what fun we had!


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Day 8 - December 29, 2011 - Port Lockroy and Jougla Point in Palmer Archipelago off Antarctic Peninsula

I had a great time speaking to guests and answering questions just outside the main entrance, next to a former dog sled, in an area that is surrounded by hundreds of nesting gentoo penguins whose chicks are just beginning to peek out from under their parents.


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Day 9 - December 30, 2011 - Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour, Antarctic Peninsula 

Even though it is a short hike it gives all the feeling of being in a summit, with an unforgettable 360 degree view, I love this spot, and today was probably the best weather of all the times I have walked up there. 


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Day 10 - December 31, 2011 - Franz Bairlein, Ornithologist

From Neptune’s Window we have had a wonderful view of the rocky coast and due to the clear conditions we have even seen the Antarctic Peninsula.


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Day 11 - January 1, 2012 - Drake Passage

A few glimpses of seabirds flying past showed prions, one black-browed albatross, and one skua – a rare sighting for the middle of the Drake Passage.


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Day 12 - January 2, 2012 - At sea in the Drake Passage and Ushuaia 

The Drake Passage was not as bad as we thought because of the weather forecast, but everybody on board can now enjoy the smooth sailing in the sheltered waters of the Beagle Channel.


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