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  • Isabela Island

    After a short navigation, we arrived at Urbina Bay located on the western side of Isabela Island. In the morning we went ashore to explore this site, and had a great chance to look for Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos giant tortoises and finches of different species.

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  • At Sea South of the Antarctic Circle

    Today was a truly Antarctic day that started south of the circle. We would soon experience two opposite sides of the weather this continent has to offer. Early on winds gusting up to 90 km an hour produced lively seas that crushed against the many icebergs floating around and that, combined with the very dark skies, created a gloomy yet very interesting environment through which to travel. In the afternoon, we witnessed a much kinder Antarctica—winds died completely to create glassy, calm waters and fantastic reflections of the many bergs around appeared. We visited an historic British base converted into a museum and ended the day sailing north among icebergs and humpback whales.

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  • Isabela & Fernandina Islands

    The western part of the archipelago is considered the most productive area, as it is bathed by the Crownwell Current, which brings a lot of plankton to the surface. Today the weather conditions were perfect! We enjoyed a clear blue sky and calm waters while crossing the Equator. A Zodiac ride was offered at the visitor site known as “Punta Vicente Roca” and we got to see many blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans fishing, brown noddies nesting and a great number of ocean sun fish.

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  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    This morning Jahan weighs anchor and we complete our voyage along the Tonle Sap downstream on approach to Phnom Penh. In stark contrast to the last two days, the Cambodian capital is a sprawling mass of urbanism with hundreds of high rises. Presently in the middle of a building boom, cranes are scattered along the prime real estate of the waterfront. As the home to some two million people, Phnom Penh is by far the most populated area in the country.

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  • Cuverville Island & Neko Harbour

    We started our first full day of expedition a little earlier than expected thanks to a pre-breakfast showing of humpback whales.  After the whale viewing, and after a hearty breakfast, we made our way to Cuverville Island.  Cuverville Island was used by whalers in the 1920s as an area to flense the whales they caught nearby, the many whale bones left on the beach are evidence of that time.  The island is also home to a large colony of gentoo penguins as well as an opportunity to hike up and enjoy the amazing view of the Errera Channel.  After we finish our landing at Cuverville we headed over to Neko Harbor.  The landing at Neko Harbor was our first continental landing on the Antarctic Peninsula and home to a gentoo penguin colony.  As if the day was not amazing enough, the guests of National Geographic Orion were treated to a Zodiac tour of Neko Harbor.

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  • Santo Tomas de Castilla/Quirigua

    We had an early wake-up call when we docked at Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. After disembarking National Geographic Quest, we boarded small boats accompanied by local Guatemalan guides. The waters of the Atlantic Ocean were surprisingly calm as we made our way towards Livingston, a town only accessible by boat but full of Garifuna culture.  On the river, we enjoyed cruising through the mangroves, bird watching, and getting a glimpse into local fishing culture. At the end of the Rio Dulce, we were able to visit San Felipe of Lara Castle at the mouth of lago Izabal. A spectacular morning!

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  • Magdalena Bay & Hull Canal

    Today was our final day with the gray whales in Magdalena Bay. Despite a stiff morning breeze, we set out in expedition landing craft to search out more of these amazing marine mammals. With the help of our local guides, we found several mother/calf pairs swimming against the strong tidal current.

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  • San Jose del Cabo

    Our day started off with a beautiful sunrise as we cruised the Gorda Banks in search of wildlife. Our naturalists spotted several humpback whales throughout the morning and we were able to get great looks at them from the bow of the ship. In the afternoon, we visited San Jose del Cabo. One group split off to go birding while others explored town, watched workers in a glass blowing factory, and enjoyed a lazy afternoon on shore.

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  • Fernadina & Isabela Islands

    Today our guest explored the westernmost realm of the Galapagos. During the morning, the entire guest landed and snorkel at Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island. The highlights of the morning were the countless Galapagos marine iguanas that were basking at the shoreline as our guest explored the island. As well in the morning while snorkeling our guest observe many Green sea turtles feeding on sea weed over there rocks.  For the afternoon, everybody went on panga rides to experience Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island.  This site offers an impressive view of a collapsed volcano. As well, the rocky cliffs provide shelter for Galapagos fur seals and are a good perch for seabirds like Nazca boobies, flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins.

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  • Marguerite Bay

    The day began early for many guests who opted to watch the ship cross south of the Antarctic Circle at 0200. As the rest of the guests slept the ship navigated further south into Marguerite Bay where a layer of fog sat low to the sea. National Geographic Photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes wowed a morning audience with tales from the ice before the fog finally decided to lift, allowing for spectacular views of the icy continent and the afternoons planned landing site, Red Rock Ridge.

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