South America and Antarctica travel blog

It is 0850 and we are out looking at Elephant Island.

Cruising along Elephant Island.

Cruising along Elephant Island.

One of the locals checking us out. I have not figured out...

Cruising along Elephant Island.

Cruising along Elephant Island.

Cruising along Elephant Island.

The wind was buffeting so bad I tried going forward where the...

Cruising along Elephant Island.

Cruising along Elephant Island.

This was almost a world of black, white, and grey except for...

 

A white iceberg peeks from behind the rocks.

 

And then a blue iceberg against the black and white background.

 

 

The little black spots are penguin on what almost appears to be...

 

 

A lovely blue iceberg contrasts against the grey rocks on a grey...

The giant berg with the penguins. A flock of birds can also...

Two nice size blue icebergs. The one on the left has the...

 

 

 

 

Another iceberg carrying penguins. Note the snow cover and the blue where...

This is not a small iceberg either.

Close up of the same iceberg in the previous 2 pictures.

The whole iceberg with its load of penguins. Notice how high the...

A close shot of the penguins and a wave. Many tones and...

I love the ice in this shot.

 

I think almost everyone who was able was out on deck enjoying...

 

As you can see our Captain made sure we avoided the big...

 

I think they are as curious about us as we are about...

 

 

A whale catches a breath as it prepares to dive.

Hump the back and go down.

And it is on its way.

 

A small iceberg mimics the mountain behind it.

 

 

A large ice field. No doubt the source of some icebergs we...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wind was whipping water off the tops of the wavelets. The...

Around 3:20 PM I happened to look out and saw these guys.

I did not have my coat so I would shoot, go in...

The seas were rougher this afternoon, but it did not seem to...

They were swimming right along with the ship.

 

 

A panoramic photo to give a wider view.

Another pano. The stitching did not work well on these, but they...

Here we all are in the theater waiting for one of the...

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A heavy low overcast made for dark colorless seas and almost hid...


After leaving Port Stanley, Falkland Islands we continued south and had a day at sea. Last night shortly after midnight we heard the fog horn sounding. I opened our window, actually turned on the tv as we are in an inside room, and sure enough, it was thick outside. The horn was still going when I went to sleep. This morning it was still somewhat foggy, but we did have some visibility. We arrived off Elephant Island and spent the morning in that area. Early on we also had some snow flurries

We saw low rocky mountains, glaciers both small and large, and some ice bergs. One of the bergs had lots of penguins on it. It appeared to me to have a cover of snow and where the waves were splashing on it the snow was washed off and the ice was a nice blue. We also saw penguins in the water near the boat. I don't know what breed they are, but they are different than the ones we saw at the Falklands. I saw a whale and from what I hear I missed several others. It was a cold, but beautiful morning. I hope we were able to get some pictures to show just a little of what it was really like.

We just finished lunch with Jim and Carol. Now we have an afternoon at sea to relax to prepare for a big day of scenic cruising tomorrow. I looked outside just before getting on line and it was snowing again and the decks were wet so I would say we were lucky to get the weather we had this morning. We are continuing to the south east toward the Antarctic Peninsula.

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From the Log of the Cruise:

"At Sea/Elephant Island Wednesday 31st January 2007

Throughout the night we continued on our southerly track of 170°, spotting our first iceberg - a large tabular berg at 0410. We made landfall off of Clarence Island in the South Shetland Islands at 0740 and proceeded to cruise along the north coast of Elephant Island, before altering course to starboard off of Cape Valentine and passing down the channel between Elephant Island and Clarance Island. Once clear of the south east tip we cruised along the south coast of Elephant Island at around 5 kts, passing the Endurance Glacier and several icebergs. Around midday we cleared Cape Lookout on the western tip and set a southwesterly course towards Gibbs Island. We arrived off of Gibbs Island at 1330 and proceeded to do a complete circuit round the island, passing between the wester tip of the island and the smaller Aspland Island off its western tip. We cleared Gibbs Island at 1700 and set a southwesterly course into the Bransfield Strait, where we proceeded at slow speed towards the Antarctic Peninsula."



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