Castro, Chile: Colorful World on Isla Chiloé

Castro, Chile: Colorful World on Isla Chiloé

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” ~Paul Gaugin The residents of Castro, Chile, have a wonderfully creative, think-outside-the-crayon-box sense of style when it comes to color. The town’s wooden stilt houses called palafitos are swathed in a world of oranges, greens, blues and reds, all in the deepest and boldest […]

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile: Finding Meaning in a Most Unusual Place

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile: Finding Meaning in a Most Unusual Place

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Chile | 6 Comments

“There is absolutely nothing there!” Jo was laughing as I asked her about Puerto Chacabuco, our next port of call in Chilean Patagonia. As one of Seabourn’s Destination Services staffers, Jo was helping passengers book last-minute tours for this unplanned stop. With an instantly likeable smile and a twinkle in her eye, she continued to […]

Chilean Patagonia: The Great Albatross & Cruising the Strait of Magellan

Chilean Patagonia: The Great Albatross & Cruising the Strait of Magellan

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Chile | 4 Comments

“I now belong to a higher cult of mortals, for I have seen the albatross.” ~Robert Cushman Murphy It was the photograph that had eluded me. After more than two weeks of travel in Antarctica and southern South America, I had memory cards brimming with pictures of penguins, sea lions and sea birds…but none of […]

Punta Arenas, Chile: Magdalena Island & The Magnificent Magellanic Penguins

Punta Arenas, Chile: Magdalena Island & The Magnificent Magellanic Penguins

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

“More penguins?” my husband Herb asked as we were finalizing plans for our day in Punta Arenas. “Aren’t you penguined-out by now?” The truth was that I would never completely tire of watching the antics of such delightful creatures. And the other truth was that the Magellanic penguins would be new to us, a species […]

Rounding Cape Horn & Cruising the Beagle Channel: A Tale of Two Waters

Rounding Cape Horn & Cruising the Beagle Channel: A Tale of Two Waters

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Argentina, Chile | 2 Comments

“It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers, and especially as contrasted with the dead white of the upper expanse of snow.” ~Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle Cape Horn Five-thirty came early as we turned off the alarm and made our way to the Observation […]

Ushuaia, Argentina: Land of Fire at the End of the World

Ushuaia, Argentina: Land of Fire at the End of the World

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Argentina | 2 Comments

When a place calls itself Fin del Mundo – “the end of the world” – you know it must lay claim to some pretty serious bragging rights. And when you add the phrase Tierra del Fuego – “land of fire” – into the description, it’s a safe bet that you’re in for a fascinating time. […]

Antarctica Days 5 & 6: An Unexpected Ending & Life On Board

Antarctica Days 5 & 6: An Unexpected Ending & Life On Board

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Antarctica | 2 Comments

We had just finished our evening recap & briefing meeting and were heading to dinner when Captain Dag’s voice came over the public address system. Two guests needed serious medical treatment, he told us, and the ship had to change its course. The upcoming morning’s planned glacier hike on Niko Island would be cancelled. Instead, […]

Antarctica Day 4: Waterboat Point, Gentoo Penguin Chicks & Mailing A Postcard

Antarctica Day 4: Waterboat Point, Gentoo Penguin Chicks & Mailing A Postcard

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Antarctica | 8 Comments

Today was cold! The crystalline blue sky and seemingly endless sunlight of our first days in Antarctica had dissolved into an ashy gray shroud. Snow was lightly falling as our zodiac sped through Paradise Bay. We were headed to González Videla, a Chilean base on Waterboat Point. Unlike our previous island landings, Waterboat Point is […]

Antarctica Day 3: Torgersen Island, Adélie Penguins & The Day the Iceberg Fell

Antarctica Day 3: Torgersen Island, Adélie Penguins & The Day the Iceberg Fell

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Antarctica | 6 Comments

“The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It crack’d and growl’d, and roar’d and howl’d, Like noises in a swound!” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Our zodiac slowed to a crawl as we made our way around what seemed to be a never-ending waterway of […]

Cruising the Lemaire Channel: Quite Possibly the Most Beautiful Place on the Planet

Cruising the Lemaire Channel: Quite Possibly the Most Beautiful Place on the Planet

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Antarctica | 6 Comments

They call it Kodak Gap. A narrow, iceberg-filled passageway that is one of the most photographed places in Antarctica. Barely a mile wide and just seven miles long, it’s a world unto itself, with steep rocky cliffs, magnificent glaciers and the stillest of waters. With icebergs at every turn, it’s a challenging place to navigate, […]