After two days of travel, we awoke this morning to the success of crossing the Drake Passage and reaching the Antarctic Peninsula. Outside our windows: tall mountains and big blue icebergs. On deck: crisp and chilly air. We are finally here. We spent the whole day in Marguerite Bay, commencing our expedition with a visit to Stonington Island, home of two historic research stations, Base E (UK) and East Base (USA). We headed farther south for afternoon adventures, but plan A was sloshed away by inclement weather. We pivoted both plans and direction, but not before reaching the farthest south latitude that National Geographic Resolution has ever sailed! We enjoyed delightful Zodiac excursions to view fantastic ice formations, gorgeous lighting, and a sampling of Antarctic wildlife. Both morning and afternoon included programs by our scientists and naturalists, concluding with recap and another delicious dinner.
National Geographic Explorer