Voyage 7930

Round-trip Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - December 21, 2009 - Ushuaia And The Beagle Channel

I heard the engines start and our distance to the dock began to grow. We were on our way at last. The late shining sun glowed against the backdrop of a lovely Ushuaia view. The glacially carved hills with their patterns of snow and rock were illuminated by the long evening light...


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Day 2 - December 22, 2009 - At Sea, En Route To Falkland Islands

We could see giant petrels and wandering albatross gliding on the breeze as well as great shearwaters and our naturalists were out in force to help us make identifications for our photos!


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Day 3 - December 23, 2009 - West Point Island

Four species of penguins, Black-browed albatross and cormorants, along with incredible scenery and great weather; what a day!


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Day 4 - December 24, 2009 - Stanley, The Falkland Islands

Today, however, was to be completely different, with a city visit to Port Stanley, the Capital of the Falkland Islands...


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Day 5 - December 25, 2009 - At Sea Between Flaklands And South Georgia

Out on deck, Wandering albatrosses following the ship mesmerized us. For those lucky enough to be there at the right time, there were sightings of Black-browed albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Black-bellied storm petrel, Wilson's petrel and the Great Shearwater...


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Day 6 - December 26, 2009 - At Sea Falkland Islands To South Georgia Island

The Captain slowed the ship and we were able to thoroughly enjoy these enormous and gentle animals swimming slowly along the surface before sending their flukes into the air in preparation for a great dive to the depths of the ocean...


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Day 8 - December 28, 2009 - St. Andrews Bay Cold Harbour

The wildlife at the beach and on land was impressive. Hundreds of Elephant seals with many young bulls fighting, southern Fur seals and hundreds of thousands King penguins were ashore.


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Day 9 - December 29, 2009 - Cooper Bay Gold Harbor

Hundreds of penguins stood on the sharpest incline the island offered. It seemed impossible that an egg would balance there long enough to hatch, however this is the home of the Macaroni.


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Day 10 - December 30, 2009 - At Sea, En Route To Elephant Island

We had found four fin whales and Captain Peter slowed the Prince Albert II down and turned to follow them as they calmly moved along, shallow-feeding. They blew again and again and we had some extraordinary photo opportunities!


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Day 11 - December 31, 2009 - At Sea In The Scotia Sea

The “D Mixed Nuts” our Prince Albert II Crew Band, played while we danced and found one of our youngest guests, Thomas, to be quite the dancer! The time flew and before I knew it, we were counting down the seconds……..5, …………..4, …………..3,………..2,………………1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!


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Day 12 - January 1, 2010 - Point Wilde, Elephant Island, The Antarctic

The whales, were not terribly interested in us enjoying the lecture, as this time we had a small pod of humpback whales right in front of the ship, so close the Capitan had to put the brakes on. What a display! This display didn’t last that long, however and we soon all went back to Rich’s lecture.


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Day 13 - January 2, 2010 - Antarctic Sound: Brown Bluff, Paulet Island

On the way along the beach from the landing site to the Adélie rockery there were small pockets of Gentoo penguins and of course this was our guests’ first landing in Antarctica.


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Day 14 - January 3, 2010 - Deception Island, South Shetland Island, Antarftica

There were numerous Chinstrap Penguins walking to and from the ocean and their nesting areas along ‘penguin highways’. Apparently they must recall the British historical heritage of Deception Island as the penguin highways seemed to funnel all penguin traffic through the use of ‘left-hand driving’.


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Day 15 - January 4, 2010 - Cuverville Island

The Lemaire Channel was as impressive as ever, with the sheer cliffs, largely covered in ice, plunging straight down into the water.


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Day 16 - January 5, 2010 - Drake Passage

At 19:00 Captain Peter Stahlberg invited us to his Farewell Cocktail Party in The Theatre, where he thanked his crew, which was much applauded by the guests.


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Day 17 - January 6, 2010 - Drake Passage, Cape Horn

Soon an announcement from the Captain pointed to land on the horizon. Cape Horn was coming into sight. Just after 10 am, the famous weathered hill was clearly seen off of our port side.


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