Neko and Paradise Harbours, 11/2/2022, National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer
We woke up in the Gerlache Strait to a wonderful Antarctic morning. We were surrounded by spectacular mountains and icebergs and were treated to views of humpback and minke whales as well as snow petrels before breakfast. Our morning program involved a visit to the gentoo penguin colony at Neko Harbour, and our afternoon program was a Zodiac cruise in Paradise Harbour.
An experienced traveler, Michael has lived on several continents, including a year spent working as a naturalist and zoologist in Galápagos and three months in Kenya conducting a study of birds of prey. He is the author o f Galápagos: A Natural Histo...
An overcast and stormy morning greeted National Geographic Resolution as it churned through the waters of the Drake Passage. As petrels and black-browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris) swooped around the ship, we made our way through the waves and the Antarctic winds. After a late breakfast, guests attended lectures on current scientific projects in Antarctica and the seals of Antarctica. The Global Explorers showed footage they collected while driving the ROV. A wine tasting and empanadas were provided for guests in Tupaia while National Geographic Resolution tucked into the Beagle Channel. The evening recap took the form of a guest slideshow followed by the Captain’s Cocktail Party. Finally, dinner was served in Two Seven Zero. Slowly, the final day of an amazing trip came to an end as guests ate a wonderful meal and engaged in passionate conversations before heading to their rooms to pack.
We knew the day would come when we would have to turn northward and return to Tierra del Fuego, the region from which we started. The Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and ice in many forms were left astern late last night as we sailed out into the open ocean and the rolling seas of the Drake Passage. With a mild start to the crossing, we had time to reflect on the wide experiences and diverse landscapes of our expedition. We enjoyed a number of presentations and prepared ourselves for the passage as we contemplated the conundrum: how to fit all our gear back into the luggage from which it came?