Day 28, Feb. 2 The Drake Passage, infamous for its winds and rough seas, was foggy and windy (gale force 9 winds) with big swells. We had taken this possibility into consideration when we selected a ship for our world cruise: we wanted a mid-sized vessel that would ride the waves better than a smaller,… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Days 18-19; Jan. 23-24 South America is like a bejeweled sleeping giant that somehow is sometimes overlooked by many Americans. Among the giant’s gems are Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas; Iguazu Falls and world-class cities such as Buenos Aires, where our World Cruise stopped for two days. The weather forecast called for… read more of “Cruise Dairy:…”
Jan. 24, 2012 – Buenos Aires, Argentina Karen arrived yesterday, so we attended one of tours in the evening, ‘Dinner and Tango.’ The last one I saw was 10 years ago and wow, has it improved, very professional, good choreography and excellent dancers.
Captain Jonathan Mercer Jan. 23-24, 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina As expected, the phone rang at 2 a.m. and up to the bridge. The river is well-bouyed, however it is relatively shallow, so ‘speed’ was a factor, (remember my earlier post about ‘squat’? Well, here it affects us too). The channel has an over-abundance of isolated… read more of “Around the World…”
I took this picture in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. I am most proud of my photos from this day. I especially like this photo because of the spectacular two-dimensional perspective and because my colleague is seen on the top left of the photo. I love my job; it has opened me up to the world… read more of “Explorer’s…”
I took this picture atop a mountain in Ushuaia, Argentina, after a three-hour hike. When we reached the top of the mountain we got this amazing view of a big beautiful valley and snow-capped mountains as far as you can see. I love the dramatic landscape of the seemingly endless mountains, it almost looks like… read more of “Explorer’s…”
This picture was taken in Ushuaia, the capital city of the Tierra del Fuego Province in Argentina. It looks as if a catastrophe occurred to the landscape but it is just that the weather is so harsh down there. The photo shows the delicacy of this place. The end of the world looks very harsh… read more of “Explorer’s…”
Here are photos from the Spirit of Buenos Aires Waterways excursion. The city of Tigre is a town not far from Buenos Aires and it is constructed on the islands of the delta of Rio de la Plata. One can see beautiful country clubs and summer residences there. As the only way to move around… read more of “Veendam Crew…”