Today we find ourselves in the heart of South Georgia, both literally and figuratively. Cumberland East Bay is a great opening in the central northeastern facing shore, looking south toward the ridged spine of this long thin island, the Allardyce Range. It provided natural harbors for the general exploration of the island, and it was the primary home for human exploitation of the rich marine environment, primarily the massive whaling efforts of the 20th century.
National Geographic Explorer
And so, our voyage begins! Today we have been graced by the good weather gods for the first crossing of our expedition, from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands. It certainly is not every day that the bow is open for us to enjoy on a day at sea! We had barely finished breakfast when we experienced our first taste of a true expedition, with an amazing sighting of a large group of hourglass dolphins delaying our morning briefing and expedition staff introductions! We spent the day with a great showcase of presentations from our natural history team; from top photography tips, to seabird identification, and history of the first circumnavigation. The excellent conditions continued well into the afternoon to allow for fantastic viewing of petrels and albatrosses flying behind and around the aft sundeck of the ship. Once again, our first evening recap was interrupted by the charismatic display of a humpback whale as we made our way into the Falkland Islands at sunset.