Today we are closing the circle of the inaugural trip of the National Geographic Resolution - our fantastic expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Now, at last, we are making our way across the waters of the Falklands Shelf, past the small islands east of Tierra del Fuego and on to Ushuaia, where we began our voyage three weeks ago. It’s a quiet day on calm seas, and as we cruise past the unfamiliar forests we can take a little time to think back on all the unique moments and subtle details of our explorations. Soon the trip will be done and we will all return to our homes, but the wonderful experiences we have shared will weave together into a beautiful story that will be a part of us for many years to come.
National Geographic Explorer
We approached the Beagle Channel on our final day on board National Geographic Explorer . The winds had calmed, and the sun was shining. This resulted in the perfect opportunity to spot sei whales, which are often found in the waters of the Beagle Channel. Naturalist Sophie Van Der Hart provided us with the first lecture of the day, sharing insights about the evolution of whales. We learned how whales truly became the giants of our oceans. After lunch, climate change in the Antarctic was the topic for discussion. Naturalist Zac Brown guided us through the impacts this pristine environment is facing due to a rapidly changing climate and the things we can do to help. The afternoon’s activities came to a close with a delightful tea prepared by the hotel team. The captain’s farewell cocktail party gave us the chance to reflect on the expedition with a premiere of the guest slideshow. We celebrated a fantastic exploration of the Southern Ocean as the photos in the slideshow reminded us of the amazing wildlife and scenery we have witnessed along the way. Cheers!