Voyage 7929

Round-trip Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - December 10, 2009 - Ushuaia & Beagle Channel

As we sailed east along the Beagle Channel, the wind picked up some, but the scenery was spectacular as always. The views from The Restaurant were a pleasant backdrop for our guests’ first dinner onboard. ...


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Day 2 - December 11, 2009 - Drake Passage

Well, before long it was time to scrub my face and dress up for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner. A most auspicious affair, when we are completely metamorphosed into elegant, well-dressed staff and guests, quite a change from warm clothes and parkas. The food was very special for this occasion, with something for everyone’s taste buds from caviar to lobster...


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Day 3 - December 12, 2009 - At Sea, En Route To Antarctica

Between my two talks, I went out on deck to get a breath of fresh air. I saw immediately, that we had bergy bits and icebergs in view, so we had truly arrived in Antarctica! Despite grey skies, this was an impressive sight...


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Day 4 - December 13, 2009 - Brown Bluff

Upon arrival, the winds were the same, so the landing was postponed and Conrad and our Captain came up with another plan to go Ice Cruising with the ship and visit some of the amazing tabular icebergs in the Sound. Most of the guests ventured out into the upper decks to watch the spectacle in front of us, and these icebergs were indeed spectacular...


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Day 5 - December 14, 2009 - Deception Island

I could hear in the radio the various communications with the ship, but could not see it; the fog was very dense. Soon after we began our descent the clouds cleared to give us yet another amazing view of the island and the Prince Albert II anchored a short distance away from shore...


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Day 6 - December 15, 2009 - Waterboat Point

The scene at my feet was comical, serious, sloppy and curious. Once again I was watching the antics of Gentoo penguins. They stole each other’s rocks, pecked at their neighbors, gave raucous greeting to their returning mates, and were extremely attentive to their little treasures, the eggs upon which they brooded...


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Day 7 - December 16, 2009 - Palmer Station

Using two Mark 6 Zodiacs, we were able to get guests ashore quickly, squeeze in a little shopping at the gift shop, plus get some historic information along the way. The guests even had time to enjoy a little of the Gentoo penguin colony that surrounds the station...


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Day 8 - December 17, 2009 - Lemaire Channel, Peterman Island

Later we all needed time to shower and change into “casual elegance” for the 7.30pm Venetian Dinner (the Venetian Society consists of returning Silversea guests). And after lingering over a rather special dinner with plenty of lively conversation, we adjourned to the Panorama Lounge to continue our evening, accompanied by the smooth sounds of Lou on the piano...


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Day 9 - December 18, 2009 - Aitcho Island Group, Barrientos Island

We stepped out of the Zodiac onto a wide beach covered in nesting gentoo penguins – some of them living among whale bones left from early 20th century whaling activities...


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Day 10 - December 19, 2009 - At Sea Through Drake Passage

The weather outside was so good that the Captain implored everyone to go outside to enjoy it. There were calls for Light Mantled Sooty Albatross, which is one of my favourite birds of the Southern Ocean. Also seen were Grey headed and Wandering Albatross and Rich “Mad dog” Kirchner saw a Fin Whale at a distance...


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Day 11 - December 20, 2009 - At Sea Through Beagle Channel And Ushuaia

I stepped outside to watch the birds. From the stern of our ship, the Giant Petrels and Wandering Albatross glided in effortless flight. They soared high then low and every once in awhile, the albatross would be along side, just at our level. It was a photographer’s dream. The clicking of cameras could be heard above the gasps of wonder as this, the largest bird of flight in the world was right before our eyes...


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