Boyzz journey from Punta Arenas to Tahiti on the Silver Explorer 2023

March 3rd - April 12th

 

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Bade a fond Farewll to Punta Arenas pinguino in Moraira

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Needs Clicks done in June 2023

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A quick hop Alicante to Barcelona & we were ready to board an Iberia/Level3 plane to Santiago de Chile - pleasant stewardesses!. Overnight in a hotel before a really good flight- Aviasur- down to Punta Arenas
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The hostess took us up to pay our respects to the Captain and he allowed us to drive his plane- only, of course, after first ascertaining that we had yet to try the pisco sours!. Good grub! Then to the Silversea Explorer

We soon settled into Suite 424 - actually just a cabin, but we like to impress!

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We were soon u to Hot Rocks but somwhat chilly!, but befriended immediately by head sommelier, Biljana. Back to the lounge for a warming coffee
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next day we sailed past glaciers,
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met up with old friend!, expedition leader Lea ; felt safe in Captain Freddie's hands and made new friends, Christine & Ian
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Then a day ashore in Ushuaiai with a train ride to the, one time, prison. We enjoyed driving this puffing billy,
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then visiting the old prisoner cells ( glad that we had always been on our best behaviour)
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and then had an unexpected, slam up feast there . Then finally a stroll around town, which we had last visited in 201
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Naxt day we got to the Pia East Glacier and Pembroke resisted the temptation of putting snow down Somerville's sweater- difficult!
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We always loved 7 pm each night: the canapees were one item of food that was always excellent! And the cocktails weren't bad either. Pity the padre often succumbed to 2 of them !
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Through the Kirke Narrows for a stop off Puerto Natales enabled our 3rd visit to Torres del Paine, its mountains as imoressive as ever and.... lots of snow! Also some scary winds
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Back aboard the desserts of Pia's German lunches were always a treat We honed up our navegation skills- on a map showing Moraira!.Not sure who was navegating during dinner with Captain Freddie
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Tortel was a town of raised footpaths, charming even in the rain . Too cold for us to emerge from our bags on those zodiacs: no red anoraks for us!! . . . . . . Roger knew nothing about Chilean wine!

 

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An outing on Chiloe out to see the Magellanic penguins on the Isla de los Conejos: but too late in the season and had to be happy with some delicious mussels and lots of pelicans ! Then revisited our past in Castro
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Back aboard a calorirific high tea!
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Next trip was on a soggy day, up the river from Niebla to Valparaiso, making new friends- but they were disembarking the next day!
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then back by road and a miserable, rain drenched tour of the fort . . . . . .Above is a photo of it on a sunny day!

 

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on the last seaday Captain Freddie told the padres that he could have done with us when the Agulhas found the wreck of the Endurance!

 

 

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Valparaiso was the end of the 1st leg of our cruise; here we had an iffy tour of 2 vineyards . We did not like being addressed every 10 words as GUYS at the 1st and they palmed us off with cheap fizz at the 2nd

Then we sailed away on a 2nd leg from Valparaiso to Tahiti

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