Just before breakfast was served, National Geographic Endurance entered King Haakon Bay with its many glaciers and spectacular scenery. High winds prevented a landing, so we enjoyed a slow ship cruise in the historic bay. We passed Cave Cove, where Shackleton first landed after his epic voyage from Elephant Island. Once the ship left the bay, we turned south and headed down to Annenkov Island for an incredible Zodiac cruise. We spotted albatross, penguins and seals. We also saw multiple waterfalls and sea caves. To top off a great day, we spotted blue whales, a mother and her calf. Our mighty ship sailed north toward the Falkland Islands as we admired the spectacular scenery. Just another great day in South Georgia!
National Geographic Resolution
The passengers and crew of National Geographic Resolution started their day surrounded by stunning scenery just south of the Lemaire Channel. We were very close to the Ukraine Research Station, Vernadsky. As we sailed on steadily, passengers were treated to a lecture about snow algae and its effect on the snow and ice of Antarctica by Alia Kahn, our visiting scientist. A short while later, Jim Coyer offered some very interesting insights into krill, which is literally the foundation of the Antarctic life cycle. After lunch, we arrived at Prospect Point at the southern end of the Penola Strait. Zodiacs were lowered, and guests were treated to a wonderfully serene, peaceful cruise amongst ice floes and huge icebergs of various shapes. The sheer majesty of the scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula rarely fails to move us and engage all our senses. Back on board, undersea specialist and naturalist Tanish Peelgrane provided guests with the opportunity to show off their artistic talents with watercolors. This yielded many wonderful interpretations of the afternoon’s experiences. As one more exceptional day draws to an end, we look forward to seeing what delights tomorrow brings.