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Drake Passage

We gathered from all corners of the world to the farthest southern town in the world, Ushuaia, and then onto National Geographic Explorer. Excitement was high as we pulled away from the dock and into the Beagle Channel. We heard how unusual the day’s weather was—calm, warm, and only wisps of clouds. Normally the Beagle Channel at Ushuaia is rather nasty with wind, rain, and low clouds. What would the next few hours bring as we entered the infamous Drake Passage? Because of long travels many were sound asleep as the ship turned to the south and set a course directly across this 600-mile-long body of Southern Ocean separating the tip of South America with the Antarctic Continent. This morning people began emerging early due to various time zones where they had originated. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

Bartolome & Rabida Islands

Here we are, in the middle of the Pacific, hundreds of miles off the coast of South America in the Galapagos Islands. We woke up anchored next to the famous and iconic Island of Bartolome. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Tonle Sap (Kampong Tralach & Kampong Chhnang)

When you're standing on the river bank watching the sunrise, you know that you got up early. Standing with us was the entire guest complement of the Jahan (well, nearly everyone). They were looking with some anticipation at the row of ox-drawn carts that stood before them. The oxen were looking somewhat ambivalent. One by one, our guests climbed into the back of the cart, before declaring in most cases how surprisingly comfortable it was. And then we were off, trundling along the dusty track bathed in the golden rays of the rising sun, experiencing a mode of transport that has not changed for thousands of years (indeed the design of the carts is identical to those depicted in the carvings in Angkor Wat). If it ain't broke... The light was beautiful, and before long we chanced upon extensive fields of lotus lilies. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

Royal Bay, St. Andrew’s Bay, South Georgia

We awoke this morning to the gentle radio voice of our fearless expedition leader, Shaun Powell, convincing us to witness the pre-dawn light as it turned the clouds red and the snow dusted mountains of Royal Bay orange.  Once the sleep was rubbed out of our eyes it was obvious why we were here.  Our trusted Zodiacs and drivers carried us bravely over the moraine and through the surf to the calm waters inside the bay. Juvenile fur seals escorted us to shore, where we would find a shoreline littered with king penguins. It was hard to believe that this colony of 30,000 pairs is one of the smaller colonies on South Georgia. No amount of photos can capture the magnificence of this scene, with mountains, glaciers and penguins in every direction we looked. Some of us just sat down amongst the penguins and soaked it all in.  We then braved the seas yet again, and made it back to the ship for lunch and a brief siesta, only to be awed into silence at our next destination. This ride on the Zodiacs proved to be a bit more exciting as we stormed the shore break at St. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 National Geographic Orion in Antarctica

Boca de Soledad

Today we spent the entire day in the Boca de Soledad. We awakened aboard National Geographic Sea Bird to 61 degrees Fahrenheit, blue skies with high patchy clouds, and a light breeze. It was perfect weather to climb into our inflatable boats and get a closer look at the gray whales. And boy did we get closer looks!  The boats sped along the water and there were blows in all directions, near and far. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 National Geographic Sea Bird in Baja California

St. Lucia

We sailed from the Iles des Saintes to the beautiful island of St. Lucia. This small island of approximately 200 square miles and population of 180,000 is the birthplace of two Nobel Laureates, Arthur Lewis in Economics and Derek Walcott in literature—a real testimony to the quality of the educational system. They both attended the same island schools! During the night of our sail from Iles des Saintes to Saint Lucia there was a following swell, which provided just enough of a gentle rocking to make sleeping a pleasure. Breakfast this morning at 7:30 was sparsely attended—the four-hour Super Bowl of last night may have had something to do with it. Thankfully the ship also provided a late breakfast. At 9:30 Tom Heffernan gave a lecture on the “Creole Languages of the Caribbean. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 Sea Cloud in Caribbean

Osa Peninsula: Caletas reserve & Corcovado National Park

What a day at Osa Peninsula! The most biodiverse place on the planet nobody left disappointed with nature everywhere: birds, lizards, mammals all in an amazing rain forest.  The second full day of our journey was a great experience. In the morning we enjoyed hiking in various ways, for those preferring a slower pace, we offered a “flat” nature walk, a wonderful way to spend part of the morning with our naturalist and enjoy the rain forest. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Angkor Ban (Kampong Cham) & Silk Island (Kandal Province)

Waking up from our first night on Jahan, our vessel to sail down the Mekong, a very cool breeze is awaiting us on the deck! To our delight, Cambodia is going through an unusual cold snap for the month of February! After a tai chi lesson and a copious breakfast, we disembark for our morning exploration to the rural village of Angkor Ban. Read More>

Feb 7, 2016 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

Godthul Harbour, South Georgia

This morning while everyone had a chance to enjoy a nice sleep in, the bridge team was working to keep the ship in a safe position in Godthul Harbour. Winds were howling in the bay, with wind speeds recorded up to 78 knots, hurricane speeds. We all heard the thrusters operating intensely, which made most of us aware that a potential landing was not going to happen this morning. At 9. Read More>

Feb 7, 2016 National Geographic Orion in Antarctica

Isla Magdalena & Canal de Soledad

Oh how soft, warm, and yummy to wiggle your toes in the caressing sands of Isla Magdalena. The texture cannot be described as sand like, it is blazingly white and amazingly fine, much more like cake flour. Why wear shoes when this is your carpet? We had the opportunity to walk across the island amongst these silky smooth dunes piled and shaped by the prevailing winds. There was an exceptionally high tide this morning and the tidal water had migrated back behind the beach and filled low lying swales and dips amongst the dunes. Read More>

Feb 7, 2016 National Geographic Sea Bird in Caribbean

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