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  • The South Shetland Islands

    We continue to head north, moving away from the Antarctic Peninsula itself and over to the South Shetland Islands which lie across the Bransfield Strait to the northwest. These islands have quite a different climate to where we have come from, being wetter and milder much like their northern namesakes. This makes for a slightly different landscape to what we’ve already seen. Most notably, we see a lot more green than we have seen further south, which is particularly apparent at this time of year.Our first stop of the day, Sally Rocks, showed plenty of this green in the flats just above the beach, which then led up towards a sloping glacier. Read More

    • Feb 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica
  • Santiago Island

    As we woke up this morning, thin white streaks of cloud seemed to emanate from the east over the highlands of Santiago Island. Read More

    • Feb 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • At Sea and Cienfuegos Bay, Cuba

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on February 15, 2017. We arrived to Cayo Largo, the second largest island in the Canarreos Archipelago after Island of Youth, shortly after sunrise; unfortunately, the weather conditions were such that made both our Captain and expedition leader decided to cancel our morning excursion ashore because the transfer from Panorama II into a tender boat was a bit risky. Read More

    • Feb 23, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
  • Havana

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on February 22, 2017.Today was full-on Havana. Read More

    • Feb 23, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
  • Isla San Jose

    We started today exploring Punta Colorada, on the east side of Isla San Jose, where we sauntered about the natural walkways carved out by thousands of years of erosion, and enjoyed a particularly well-lit snorkeling experience, as light played around the submerged interbedded sandstone structures. In the afternoon, we made our way to the west side of the island, to a landing commonly known as Kelly's Beach. We found out quickly that Kelly had great taste in beaches! Here we discovered many new plant species around the easy to navigate arroyo, including palo blanco, mesquite, ironwood, and various cacti. We wrapped up the day enjoying a delicious beach barbeque, complete with roasting marshmallows and acoustic guitar around a campfire. We will all sleep well tonight with the musky smell of campfire smoke fresh in our hair.. Read More

  • Chau Doc & Bassac River

    As the sun crested the horizon and illuminated the Bassac River, we prepared for an amazing day within the Mekong Delta. We boarded local covered longboats that took us to a nearby floating market. Dozens of merchants converged in the middle of the river to sell fruits, vegetables and flowers. Our longboat drivers navigated the environment so we could get a close view of the produce and process. After exploring the floating market, it was time to dock the longboats for another memorable experience, this time on land. Read More

  • Mikkelsen Harbor & Cierva Cove

    Today was a truly Antarctic day in which we experienced two of the many, in this case opposite, faces of humankind. Antarctica was the last continent to be discovered and yet, in a very short period of time we managed to have a profound impact on its environment. During the morning, we visited an island and harbor that were used in the not-so-distant past by whalers as a base for processing their catch. Thousands of whales were slaughtered in the area and many blue whale skulls and other bones remain on the beach to remind us of those times. In the afternoon, the opposite side of our interaction with these gentle giants took place. We had a glorious few hours floating in our Zodiacs while some 60 humpback whales fed so close to us that we could smell them! Two sides of the same history came together to show us how we can actually change, learn from our mistakes, and make a difference.. Read More

    • Feb 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica
  • Isabela Island

    Isabela is the largest Island in the Galapagos and one of the most active. Today we visited an area that used to be the ocean’s bottom and eventually uplifted. Also, the National Geographic Islander anchored in a bay used centuries ago by buccaneers. Sightings of land iguanas, penguins, sharks, sea turtles and sea lions, could not have been better today.. Read More

    • Feb 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Mekong & Border Crossing

    As morning light crept into the sky Phnom Penh slowly wakes up. Our landing party of exercisers and photo enthusiasts assembles in the lounge for a morning walk, eager to see another side to the Cambodian capital. Working our way through the city streets we encounter locals and visitors alike, some out for morning exercise, some still out from last night before. Street vendors and market stalls are setting up for another day’s business. Once we get back to the ship, we head downstream passing Phnom Penh one last time on our way to Vietnam. With a full day aboard the ship we can sit back and watch the world go by.The morning’s program begins with an entertaining presentation on a very complicated subject. Read More

  • Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on February 15, 2017.This is perhaps one of my favorite days on our Cuba itinerary! Why? Because almost no tourism exists at all here on Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth). Read More

    • Feb 22, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
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