Wednesday, February 10, 2010
After we left Port Stanley and were 3-4 hours into our cruise up to Montevideo, Uruguay, we had to return to Port Stanley for an emergency evacuation of a passenger. The RAF (Royal Air Force) sent a helicopter which hovered above the ship and removed the passenger with an evacuation carrier. This took place about 1 AM and after it was completed, we turned around again to head towards Montevideo.
As we start to round Cape Horn, there is a lighthouse on the Western side of the Cape and a sculpt piece of albatross that is a memorial to the travelers that never made it around the Horn. Again, the week before our crossing, it was rough and stormy, everyone aboard (including crew) was seasick, and it was generally a pretty messy crossing. I personally was rather hoping for some of those rough seas and stormy weather so I could truly experience being on the water. But, alas, it was supposedly one of the smoothest trips in years...sigh!
As you can read along the wall, Ushuaia says it is "the end of the world and the beginning of everything". I would return here in a heartbeat. The week before we arrived, all of this area had a severe snowstorm....which I (think) would have loved. But today, it was beautiful, a light coat, a slight breeze, and a beautiful place to stroll around.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The day spent cruising up the Straits of Magellan to see the Amalia Glaciers was deliciously cool and refreshing. I loved it and in some of the following photos, you can see some of the most beautiful scenery. It reminded me of Alaska in many ways.
See that little yellow car? That is one of the many tram systems in the city. This one has been in operation since early 1800s and we rode it up and down. A really fab view from inside the little rickety wooden house. The 3-story house is a restaurant.