Voyage 7927

Round-trip Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - November 12, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

After checking in, many guests headed to The Restaurant for a meal before heading to bed after their long day. Some made for the Panorama Lounge and a nightcap. With luggage delivered and bellies full, the clock struck 1:30am. It had been a long day, and was time for bed...


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Day 2 - November 13, 2009 - At Sea – En Route To West Point, Falkland Islands

To give everyone a chance to sleep in, today’s activities did not start until late morning at 10:30am. That is when we had the first of several briefings...


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Day 3 - November 14, 2009 - Westpoint And Carcass Island, Falkland Islands

I did not know where to watch first the Rockhopper Penguins huddled and walked, or rather hopped by, towards their own small nests...


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Day 4 - November 15, 2009 - Stanley, Falkland Islands

I awoke to find the Prince Albert II anchored just off Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands Stanley is a long, thin town of amazing charm, a living relic of the British Empire...


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Day 5 - November 16, 2009 - At Sea In The Southern Ocean

Days at sea, to me, are such a pleasure. Especially when the weather is as nice as today. This morning I woke up to a sunny sky, lots of seabirds following the ship and a gentle swell rocking he ship...


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Day 6 - November 17, 2009 - At Sea In The Southern Ocean, Shag Rocks And Elsehul (South Georgia)

Around about 4:30 pm we arrived at Elsehul and prepared for the late afternoon and evening activity – Zodiac cruising in this beautiful protected bay...


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Day 8 - November 19, 2009 - Drygalski Fjord / Larsen Harbour

Captain Peter Stahlberg would bring the Prince Albert II farther south along the coast to Drygalski Fjord where we would cruise its length before stopping briefly in front of the Risting Glacier at its end....


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Day 9 - November 20, 2009 - Gold Harbour And St Andrews

The highlight at this site was the king penguin rookery – the largest on South Georgia with over 100,000 breeding pairs....


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Day 10 - November 21, 2009 - At Sea In The Southern Ocean En Route To Elephant Island

I think both guests and crew alike were longing for a day at sea. South Georgia in all its beauty and grandeur had been spectacular and at the same time quite intensive in terms of the amount of things we did and the early starts. A true sensory overload...


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Day 11 - November 22, 2009 - At Sea, En Route To Elephant Island

This morning, expedition staff were going to spend most of their time in the Mud Room, supervising guests as they scrubbed their boots and checking all their external clothing before we could go ashore in Antarctica....


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Day 12 - November 23, 2009 - Elephant Island, En Route To The Antarctic Peninsula

The whole story of the adventure of the Endurance expedition came to my mind as we were passing by this place fraught with history. Many guests joined us on the outer decks although it was very cold. Some of them warmed themselves with a cup of hot chocolate...


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Day 13 - November 24, 2009 - Antarctic Sound, Brown Bluff, Devil Island And Weddell Sea

After landing the boats and greeting guests at the shore, it was my turn to lead a group down toward the penguins. I stopped at the Gentoos and talked about their natural history, and then moved onto the Adelies, and did the same with them. Soon everyone was busy either photographing or observing these endearing little birds...


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Day 14 - November 25, 2009 - Deception Island, Antarctica

The Captain managed to “park” the Prince Albert II in a safe position into the ice and the side gate was opened. We landed on the ice!!! It was amazing! I walked from the ship straight onto the ice! And that was the new plan for the morning, giving all the guests the chance to get on the ice...


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Day 15 - November 26, 2009 - Paradise Harbour, Antarctica

Just then a large piece of the glacier came down with a thunderous roar as everyone in our Zodiacs leapt to their feet. Urging them to sit, both Juan and I positioned our Zodiacs to get as much of a view as possible through the falling snow...


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Day 16 - November 27, 2009 - At Sea En Route To Ushuaia

Robin West, outlined the Captain’s great plan of sneaking up behind the huge storm that was crossing over, so that we would have the swell coming up from behind rather than from the beam. With this explanation, we better realized exactly how much worse the conditions could have been. As it was, some of the swells we were encountering were 10-12 metres! The Drake Passage in all its glory...


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Day 17 - November 28, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

We had arrived into the calm protection of the Beagle channel, and as we toasted and celebrated what has been a most fantastic voyage, the dramatic scenery kept floating by...


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