Saturday, January 12, 2008

Awesome voyage: Buenos Aires to Santiago

Just returned from 18 wonderful days on the Azamara Journey w. a Captain we'd sailed with 7x before on Minerva2. Christmas Eve, we were on the Platte R. leaving Montevideo after touring the UNESCO 16th century Spanish-Portugese town of Colonia de Sacramento and heading to Puerto Madryn. Christmas Day brought sunshine and calm seas and poolside relaxation.
On the 31st, we awoke to see snow capped mts. and the awesome Garibaldi glacier. We sailed along the Beagle channel to circumnavigate Hornus Island (Cape Horn) and there w. the ship's company celebrated the New Year on the pool deck with hor d'oeuvres,champagne chilled by 200,000 yr. old glacial ice from Garibaldi accompanied by a costumed ancient w. scythe also a diapered baby carrying an ax, wrecking the ice sculptured 7, replacing it w. an "8" while we counted down, sang Auld Lang Syne. A memorable evening.
We loved seeing the wildlife up close: sea elephants, south sea lions, Magellanic penguins, black and white dolphins, brown pelicans, hawks and sea eagles, condors, cormorants and terns, et al. Will probably relate more, post photos, in further blogs about our special adventures. But it is good to get home, even w. that "boil order".

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