We drove in 4X4 for 2 hours to get to the beach. The last hour is only 10 miles but it is all over peat and very slow! The guides werelovely and all locals. It was fascinating chatting to them. The beach is beyond magical. I kept pinching myself. I couldn't believe what we were seeing!!!!
The beach is sparkling white sand with pale green water. And penguins, beautiful King penguins wandering everywhere. Words can not describe this experience!!!! There were hundreds of magallenic and gentoo penguins as well. We had seen the Magallenic penguins in Punta Arenas and they are great. But then you see the Gentoos and you are amazed. And then you see the Kings and you are speechless. The beauty of the beach is breathtaking. There are also dunes and huge colonies of Mags, Gentoos and Kings away from the beach. The Kings had their babies!!!!!!!!!!!! There were "teenagers", the huge chubby brown, fluffy ones AND there were also newborns still sitting on their parent's feet. It was one of the most marvelous experiences we have ever had!!!!! I hope that NCL continues to offer this excursion (it was only their 3rd time doing it) as it was worth the price of the entire cruise!!!!
The only other thing to mention was it was great having the private deck at the front of the ship as during the fjords and glaciers, we just rolled out of bed, into our bathrobes and stood outside to watch. We then climbed back into bed. The fjords were lovely and reminded my husband of Scotland. The glaciers were neat but it is a shame that you don't get closer. That would have been magical!