Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Glimpse of the Falkland Islands

Unfortunately this was all we got to see of the Falkland Islands. We were told that no one would be allowed to disembark at Stanley because there was a contagious illness on board our ship, which immigration authorities were worried would spread to their small population.

The Falkland Island flag is taken down...

So, instead of Falkland Island photos, Laura took a collection of ship photos:

With the day-trip to Stanley canceled, many of the passengers decided the weather was warm enough for some winter-wear sunbathing around the pool.

The pools had to be emptied at some points during the voyage because all the water was splashing out in giant waves with the movement of the ship in the rough southern waters.

At sea near Stanley, Falkland Islands, December 1st, 2009.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Rounding the Horn

The captain baptizes us with the mingled waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Cape Horn, Chile, November 30th, 2009

Thursday, June 17, 2010

To the Ends of the Earth: Ushuaia

Ushuaia's penal colony was modeled after Tasmania's and its prison housed Argentina's most dangerous criminals and re-offenders from 1896 up until 1947. It was then used as part of a naval base, but today it's a museum! It now houses one room full of model ships and is officially called the Maritime Museum, but there are also several art exhibits as well as stuffed penguins, seals and native birds in glass cases, not to mention all sorts of historical displays on prisons around the world.

Argentina, November 29th, 2009

Saturday, June 12, 2010

From the fjords of Chile...

Arrival in Ushuaia

Chilean fjords near Ushuaia (Argentina), November 29th, 2009