Overnight, the bridge team of National Geographic Resolution navigated the beautiful and narrow Lemaire Channel as we made our way north. We awoke in Paradise Bay surrounded by glaciers and icebergs. This would be our last outing before heading north through the Drake Passage. We had incredible weather, starting with sunshine that transitioned to a light and gentle snowfall throughout the day. Our staff took Exclusive Resorts members out on Zodiac tours of Skontorp Cove, an exceptionally stunning section of the bay. We were able to see calving ice crash off the glaciers, incredible blue icebergs, Antarctic cormorant breeding colonies, Gentoo penguins, and even humpback whales! The whales certainly stole the show as they circled our boats and showed off their flukes. After our leisurely Zodiac cruises, everyone warmed up with another exquisite lunch from our galley team followed by a photography session led by the photo team. By early evening, we started slowly cruising north towards the Drake Passage. We had a special treat after dinner…the famous Crew Show, where members of the crew sang, danced, and played music as we danced into the early hours of the night in the Ice Lounge. What a fantastic and unforgettable day!
National Geographic Resolution
During our second day on this journey south, the ocean surprised us with calm seas as we finished crossing the Drake. Our morning was spent learning about the penguins of Antarctica and the protocols we need to follow while traveling in this majestic place. Each passenger brought personal items to be inspected and cleaned by the staff, who made sure there were not any unwelcome travelers, such as seeds or contaminants, on mittens, boots, or pants. After lunch, the ship was ready to disembark for our first landing. We visited D’Hainaut Island in Mikkelsen Harbor. We observed many gentoo penguin colonies, an Argentine refuge hut, and various artifacts from the whaling industry. As soon as guests exited the Zodiacs, they were welcomed by a fantastic display of whalebones along the shore. On their way to the landing site, guests observed swimming gentoo penguins and feeding Antarctic terns. Our overall feelings were anticipation and excitement for the next adventure. Today’s landing simply increased guests’ appetite to see more of Antarctica. Luckily, we have many more days on the water!