Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest - Part II (Falkland Island Penguins) - Travels Blogs

Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest - Part II (Falkland Island Penguins)

My Antarctic and Patagonia Adventure on the Seabourn Quest continued with two days at sea before arriving at the Falkland Islands.  During this period there was a combination of preparation, lectures and leisure time...and concern over whether we would be able to tender in the Falklands.

King Penguins - Volunteer Point, Falkland IslandsShortly after our departure from Montevideo, Uruguay there was a Meet the Expedition Team event where each of the very diverse and talented team members introduce themselves.  the diversity of expertise is impressive ranging from birds to whales to glaciers to history and more. There are some that I have traveled with before and some that are new to me.  But to appreciate the experience that you will be guided by, when I mentioned that I read "Lost Antarctica" by James McClintock one of the expedition team members said, "Oh, I've known Jim for years, spending time with him mostly at Palmer Station."   

The following day you see many of the team out and about.  One the aft deck outside the Seabourn Square and the Observation Lounge are encouraged for wildlife sightings.  I saw a pod of fin whales and then sea lions (who were lounging on their backs with the fins out of the water to cool down) as well as albatross and petrels in less than an hour.  The staff has been warm, friendly and informative.

King PenguinsThere also was a Parka Exchange where you can change the Seabourn parka provided to you if it is too large or small.  It is a one time event so that Seabourn is not saddled with a bunch of used parkas!  This is followed by a Boot Exchange and Storage, where your boots are kept in lockers with your suite number on it to assure they are biologically clean (avoiding contaminating Antarctica from seeds, etc. from elsewhere).  I would note that more people brought there own boots than I  had anticipated.  There are also Kayak Q&A's which get you familiar with dry suits, getting in and out of kayaks, etc.  On the education front, there was a Conversation about Seabirds of the South Atlantic.
The next sea day, with anticipation as to whether we will make it to the Falkland Islands, Seabourn's preparing us for our Antarctic Experience continued with a Binocular Clinic, Kayak Q&A's, Antarctic Operations Q&A's coupled with lectures on photography and then Conversations on the bird life of the Falklands and the Penguins of South America and the South Atlantic.  (There are also historical lectures.)

But with the wind fairly strong and steady, and rain in the forecast, the Seabourn Quest's officers gave us some hope during a private bridge tour that the seas looked like they were going to quiet...oh, but what about the winds" 

Seabourn Quest - Port Stanley, Falklands IslandsShort, and by now obvious, answer:  We made it!  I was up at 5:00 a.m. (earlier than anticipated...or wanted) to brigh...
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