National Geographic Resolution started the day by cruising north toward Booth Island. We had the opportunity to listen to a few talks, including one from National Geographic photographer Kike Calvo, who went over how he approaches photography. We then hopped off the ship and into Zodiacs to cruise around Port Charcot. We observed massive ice and gentoo colonies. We even had some close encounters with a leopard seal! We repositioned for an after dinner operation in Neko Harbour, where we enjoyed the early part of sunset as we observed glaciers and penguins. This was our first continental landing of the voyage!
National Geographic Resolution
The huge distances we have covered on this journey meant that our last full day was spent almost completely at sea on our return leg from Antarctica. After a merciful lie-in, we crowded the decks as we sailed past Cape Horn, the majestic headland at the bottom tip of Hornos Island, the southernmost point of Tierra del Fuego and the entire South American continent. Despite its fearsome reputation, pleasant seas allowed for an enjoyable brunch before we plunged into our presentation schedule for the morning and afternoon. Naturalist Gail Ashton related her experience of living on the Antarctica continent for 18 months, Jonny Reid discussed marine mammal acoustics and the underwater soundscapes of this region, and Jess Farrer explained how the study of whale and seal poop can tell us so much about these animals. As we entered the Beagle Channel, the stunning mountains of Tierra del Fuego lined our passage to Ushuaia. Gathering in the Ice Lounge for the captain’s farewell party, we toasted a hugely enjoyable trip and the new friends we have made.