National Geographic Explorer headed north from Antarctica, leaving guests with time to finally reminisce on an incredible trip around South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and Antarctica. Our good luck with weather continued as light winds from the stern helped push us across the Drake Lake, allowing for great wildlife-spotting opportunities. Highlights included fin whales, humpbacks, beaked whales, and a huge number of seabirds. As always, the naturalist team organized entertaining and informative talks, filling gaps in the day’s schedule and postponing any attempts to categorize and sort the thousands of pictures taken over the last three weeks.
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.