We describe this voyage in three parts: Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Between these chapters, we have days to reflect, recoup, and prepare for what lies ahead. Thus far, we’ve experienced much, and days at sea allow these memories to settle. With calming seas and winds, we look to the west to continue our journey.

As we left the grip of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the waters grew warmer, and the skies cleared. Under a shining sun, we commented how wonderful it felt out on deck as we steamed westward. We have watched the suite of seabirds change slowly during our voyage: great shearwaters have become a regular neighbor, slender-billed prions replace the Antarctic prions, and grey petrels occasionally swoop by. Adding a spot of diversity to our day, a long-finned pilot whale made a close pass before our much-anticipated pizza buffet at lunch.

While on board, we listened to presentations about what we have seen and will see. After dinner, we hosted a lighthearted photo critique, inspiring us to go through our growing backlog of photographs. National Geographic Resolution is a wonderful platform not only to explore with, but to rest and reflect upon as well.

As we approach the Falkland Islands, we do so with anticipation and excitement, entering the third and final chapter of this incredible voyage.