As National Geographic Explorer journeyed into view of Cape Horn, we knew that our voyage was soon to come to a close. With all the miles we have traveled and all the wildlife we have seen behind us, guests spent the day marvelling at the green shores of South America after weeks in polar waters. From the holy grail of encountering emperor penguins in uncountable numbers to the varied marine mammals we saw on beaches and surrounding our vessel—this trip has been one for the books.
National Geographic Orion
Our time has come, the circle is closed. Twenty days ago, we left Ushuaia. Headed towards Antarctica, the infamous Drake Passage, and certainly some unknown. Now we return, after an incredible voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, and a lot of ocean in between. Calm seas in the Beagle channel were certainly enjoyed, but it was a bit shocking to see trees and civilization. We did enjoy the sunshine, dolphins, and abundant birds. I think for many of us, we wished we were heading back out instead of into Ushuaia, but the memories we have created will last a lifetime.