Dec 31, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer spent a calm morning at Portal Point on Charlotte Bay fjord. We hiked on the snow-covered peninsula with several steep ice cliffs and, much to our delight, had the opportunity to slide down a snow slope. We had incredible views across the fjord at the glaciated mountains in all directions and spotted humpback whales and seals during a Zodiac cruise around the fjord. One iceberg we saw had a huge ice arch, which collapsed as we watched.
In the afternoon, we experienced Useful Island, a low granite island in the middle of a channel filled with icebergs. Zodiacs cruised around the calm waters to various icebergs and shorelines, searching for different types of seals. The hikers went up the island’s hill to get a 360-degree view. We observed
The ship cruised south through Lemaire Channel after dinner. Everyone came out to see this magnificent ice-filled channel with 3,000-foot-high cliffs soaring above the ship, as well as icebergs of every size all around. All the guests posed for a rare group photo on the bow, with the gorgeous sun-lit Lemaire Channel in the background.Later in the evening, the ship cruised through pack ice to our southernmost point (latitude 65 ͦ 15’S) in
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