Voyage 7202

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - January 13, 2012 - Ushuaia, Argentina

At 6:30 pm the crew of the Silver Explorer began hauling in the mooring lines and we sailed away from the port of Ushuaia to begin another Antarctic adventure – this time including the Falkland Islands and magnificent South Georgia, before reaching the Antarctic Peninsula.


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Day 2 - January 14, 2012 - En route to the Falkland Islands

With so much to get through before tomorrow, we started early after lunch with a mandatory IAATO briefing outlining the rules and regulations for landing operations. Robin, our Expedition Leader explained that the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica are special places and they need to be treated as such.


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Day 3 - January 15, 2012 - New Island and Saunders Beach, Falkland Islands

And everywhere, on every ledge and in every crevice, there were nesting birds! Birds, birds, birds!!


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Day 4 - January 16, 2012 - Stanley, Falkland Islands and at sea

The visit to the small village is a very colourful experience with all its painted roofs, doors and beautiful gardens.


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Day 5 - January 17, 2012 - At sea between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia 

White-chinned Petrels occasionally joined the fray as did a scattering of Black-browed Albatrosses but it was the sight of a very distant adult Wandering Albatross that got the pulses racing.


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Day 6 - January 18, 2012 - Shag Rocks en route from Falkland Islands to South Georgia Island

We could not have asked for a better whale encounter with so many different species along with great visibility, close interaction and long encounter times.


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Day 7 - January 19, 2012 - Salisbury Plain, Prion Island, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

The Wandering Albatross has a wingspan which can reach up to 3.5m and Prion Island is one of the few places where this magnificent bird breeds.


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Day 8 - January 20, 2012 - Stromness and Grytviken

Our Historian, Peter, filled us in on the significance of the walk that we were taking. He told us about Shackleton’s historic trek across South Georgia and how his incredible two-year journey had finally ended here.


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Day 9 - January 21, 2012 - Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay, South Georgia

I could see the awe in the eyes of our guests as we approached the landing and caught glimpses of the elephant seals rearing up and going for each other’s necks with incredible force in their training fights.


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Day 10 - January 22, 2012 - At sea, en route to Elephant Island  

The wind picked up during the last night, so we experienced some rough weather for the first time during our voyage!


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Day 11 - January 23, 2012 - At sea

There was plenty to do today – with lectures, the Antarctica biosecurity check and recap.


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Day 12 - January 18, 2011 - Point Wild, Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic 

Today was very special. The Silver Explorer and Expedition Team accomplished a first in the ship’s history, landing our guests at Point Wild, Elephant Island.  


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Day 13 - January 25, 2012 -  Brown Bluff; Antarctic Sound before heading towards the Lemaire Channel  

 

All too soon it was time to go, but we had another treat in store as we did a slow ship’s cruise out of Antarctic Sound past many of the large tabular icebergs that often occur here.

 


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Day 14 - January 26, 2012 - The Antarctic Peninsula

The weather just got better. We had seals and humpback whales and beautiful mirror calm conditions.


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Day 15 - January 27, 2012 - Deception Island, South Shetland Islands

Bailey Head is famous for its large Chinstrap Penguin colony; about 250,000 Chinstrap call this place their breeding ground.


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Day 16 - January 28, 2012 - At sea, en route to Ushuaia

In the morning, the sun was shining and the infamous Drake Passage did not show a single sign of strong winds or high swells that we normally encounter in that part of the world.


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Day 17 - January 29, 2012 - At sea, en route to Ushuaia

Only 17 days ago we were sailing out of Ushuaia through the same waters that we are sailing into today.


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