Voyage 7926

Santiago to Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - November 1, 2009 - Valparaiso, Chile

Together with many of our newly arrived guests, I enjoyed the sail away out of Valparaiso as long as we were on the wind-protected part of the port. As we reached open sea, the temperature quickly became more chilly, and we changed our position to the sundeck on stern of the ship...


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Day 2 - November 2, 2009 - At Sea

On several occasions throughout the day, as I strolled the outer decks talking with guests, a movement would catch our eye and we would turn to watch magnificent albatrosses gliding by. Sometime, they were only a few meters away – a truly breathtaking sight...


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Day 3 - November 3, 2009 - Niebla, Chile

The coach took us to Valdivia and crossed the bridge into Tejo Island, then we moved on to the local university and its botanical garden, which has a variety of endemic species, among them, the lotus...


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Day 4 - November 4, 2009 - Castro, Chiloe Island, Chile

At around 11am, the Prince Albert II dropped anchor off Castro on Chiloe Island. Chiloe Island is actually an archipelago of approximately 42 islands off the coast of Chile...


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Day 5 - November 5, 2009 - Punta Gaviota, Chilean Fjords

Our expedition took us around a small fjord with a river flowing into it at the end, but all around us there were small streams and waterfalls, a product of the wet weather that is common here, and also of the light snowfall that was now slowly melting in the warm sunlight...


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Day 6 - November 6, 2009 - Cruising The Chilean Fjords

In true expedition style, it was decided we would delay our Recap & Briefing to make a side trip up the fjord to the Pio XI Glacier for a ship’s cruise...


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Day 7 - November 7, 2009 - Chilean Fjords (Kirke Narrows), Chile

As we approached the narrow, nearly all guests were out on deck. The wind brought rain towards us and it seemed we got nearer that the Prince Albert II would not fit into this narrow passage. At the moment when we passed through, our guests stood on each side of the ship looking down the railing. Virtually there were no more than about ten feet left on each side of the ship. It was really an exciting moment and I could hear from some of our guests a relieving breath when we were on the other side of the famous Kirke Narrow...


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Day 8 - November 8, 2009 - Puerto Natales, Chile

Along the way we stopped constantly to take pictures and have a look at the abundant wildlife found by the road. Andean condors flying around as well as on land, herds of guanacos, lesser rhea, pink flamingo, gray fox, black necked swan, armadillo, black faced Ibis and many others. More than 30 animal species were seen today...


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Day 9 - November 9, 2009 - At Sea

This part of the Chilean fjords makes me smile. It is so beautiful. The recent snow added a beautiful element to the rugged mountain scenery by lightly coating the peaks of the mountains in a dusting of snow...


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Day 10 - November 10, 2009 - Punta Arenas, Chile

From the moment we landed, we could observe these comical, yet dignified creatures going about their daily lives. There were upwards of 65,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins breeding on the island. Fascinated, we watched penguins heading out to sea for fish, squid and krill, bobbing like bath toys in the waves...


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Day 11 - November 11, 2009 - Garibaldi Fjord And Glacier

It was a beautiful morning in the stunning scenery of the Garibaldi Fjord, very slight breeze, with occasional snow drizzles and a lot of sea ice from last winter still in the water. The landscape was reminiscent of those picture-perfect postcards one can get in winter climes all over the world, but this one was true...


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