November 21, 2013
Our first night aboard Seabourn Quest was spent underway, traveling east across the Rio de la Plata to Montevideo, Uruguay. We arrived at the pier early in the morning and prepared for today’s shore excursions. The beautiful greenery lining the avenues, historic city centers, and architecture with a colonial style wait our arrival. Montevideo’s gorgeous scenery and famous city landmarks mark the last port call before our compass points South.
To begin the shore experience we arrived by shuttle to Independence Square. This national monument is dedicated to Jose Gervasio Artigas and is surrounded by the Governement House and local shops. We navigated our way down 18 de Julio, eventually cruising past one of the oldest parks in the city in the Prado community. Stopping at the magnificent castle and redbrick-maze, Pittabiglio House, we all enjoyed live local tango music.
A few of us took the Jewish Heritage tour. We visited the Holocaust memorial, various synagogues throughout the area, and felt the wonderful Jewish influence in Montevideo’s Old City.
We all returned to the ship in the early afternoon with Port Stanley as our next destination. The Digital Photography Coaches Wolfgang Kaehler and Daniel Cox offered an instructional presentation later in the afternoon. The shared knowledge of these professional photographers will help prepare us for the upcoming weeks of amazing views, wildlife sighting opportunities, and techniques to help us all capture the true environment of Antarctica.
The afternoon also consisted of meeting the Expedition Leader Robin West and his Expedition Staff. The inaugural sailing of the Seabourn Quest into antarctic waters is guided by many years of leadership, knowledge, and experience; qualities which will help us all thoroughly appreciate the awe and wonder of the “end of the globe.”
Daniel J. Cox is the other photo coach on board. He is the 2013 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the North American Nature Photographers Association and the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Animal Portrait Division, and also has had two cover stories featured in National Geographic.
(Above: Wolfgang Kaehler is one of our digital photography coaches on the voyage. He is a past BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and author of several books and numerous features in National Geographic, Travel + Leisure and Smithsonian.)
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