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gottago2mexico's Port Reviews of Ushuaia,
L'Austral cruise in January 2012
Member Name: gottago2mexico
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Ushuaia
Destination: South America
Member Review: gottago2mexico's L'Austral Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Our Ports of Call were really off the map since this was an expedition cruise.

FALKLAND ISLANDS - We made two ports on West Falkland, rookeries of Rockhopper and Gentoo Penguins and Brown-Black Albatross. Nice scenery for sure, very nice.

SOUTH GEORGIA - Wow. We were here for three days, six stops, all were great. The Shackleton hike wasn't that exciting, but the elephant seals, fur seals, and the massive rookeries of King Penguins were wow. We saw elephant seals mating, King Penguins in all stages of life, an incredible and wild place. A zodiac ride at Cooper's Bay was also very fun, lots of Macaroni Penguins and seals with spectacular mountain scenery on all of the outings.

HEROINE ISLAND - This was the first time they were able to port here, and it was absolutely spectacular. One million Adele penguins, leopard seals, weddell seals, wow. We came back smelling like guano, but everyone was awed.

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS - These were big rookeries of Chinstrap penguins, but by now we were ready for ice. Could have skipped here, even though it was an amazing place. One beach looked like the French Riviera for Penguins, spectacular. But, should have done ice instead. We sailed inside an extinct volcano, that was really cool.

ANTARCTICA - The bay was spectacular. We saw glaciers falling into the sea, penguins on icebergs, zodiac cruising showed us blue ice up close which was amazing. A big colony of chinstrap penguins with newborn chicks was entertaining as well, but the ice and glaciers were wow. We only did one morning here, which was a disappointment, but wow.

CAPE HORN - We stopped at Cape Horn to have a photo op on the end of the continent, quite nice. Beautiful, wild and windswept.

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