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One way to do the Falkland Islands

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    One way to do the Falkland Islands

    With the 1,800 eligible islanders expected to choose overwhelmingly to remain an overseas British territory in the Falklands referendum on Sunday, I thought now may be a good time to show members and guests one way to enjoy a cruise ship visit to The Falkland Islands.
    My wife and I visited the islands in February while cruising on board Celebrity Infinity. We each had differing ideas on what we wanted to see, but came to a happy agreement on an itinerary that we then negotiated with the Falklands Islander whom we had booked for a private tour.
    On our arrival off Port Stanley there was considerable relief that the weather had held for us. It was a reasonably bright early morning as we approached our eventual anchor point - Port Stanley is a tender port...

    ..and a number of the latter battlefield sites are clearly visible in the centre of the picture.
    Luckily, as suite guests, we had a priority tender allocation and were soon approaching the jetty at Port Stanley...

    ...and meeting our guide, Charlene, in her sturdy 4x4.

    We immediately set off across the island heading South West in the direction of Mount Pleasant and Fitzroy. Our first intended destination was Bertha's Beach...


    ...where Gentoo penguins are present year-round and dolphins are a regular feature at the beach, often coming close to shore as they hunt in the shallows.

    We spent a very pleasant hour and a half at Bertha's Beach, so named after the 1952 shipwreck of a cargo vessel by the same name, which shed its cargo of cedar wood, some baulks of which still litter the landscape...

    We had been the only visitors to Bertha's Beach that day, which kind of made it somewhat special. Ship's tours cannot access the route unless in 4WD vehicles. Coach excursions normally head for a separate penguin colony at Volunteer Point which does have the largest King Penguin colony in the Falkland Islands.
    Our next stop was Fitzroy, scene of the worst single incident involving the task force during the Falklands War when the bombing of 'RFA Sir Galahad and 'RFA Sir Tristram' left 54 men dead and 46 injured.

    Transiting back towards Stanley and Cape Pembroke we passed both reminders of the legacy of the 1982 conflict...

    ...as well as examples of the sheer beauty of the island and its geological make-up...

    Cape Pembroke was of special interest to me, having two memorials of personal interest. This next photograph shows the Cape Pembroke lighthouse and the memorial to those that died on The Atlantic Conveyor...

    Between Cape Pembroke and Port Stanley we stopped to enjoy this iconic view of Port Stanley from Whalebone Cove, with its fascinating wreck of 'The Lady Elizabeth'...

    Port Stanley, all so typically British...

    ...could reasonably occupy the tourist for a good half day but alas our tight schedule limited us to around two hours. Still plenty to see, including the Governor's House...

    The 1982 Liberation Memorial...

    The 1914 Battle of the Falklands Memorial...

    And not forgetting the local pub, The Globe Tavern...

    More about that in a separate thread to follow in the near future.

    This thread has barely covered the full day that we enjoyed and I apologise for not including all the sites and places of interest that we visited. Places like Bluff Cove, Fitzroy settlement, Wireless Ridge and so on. Charlene, a born and bred Falkland Islander, married to an ex Royal Marine, was outstanding with her tour. Nothing was too much including the quick visit and welcome cup of tea at her home.
    Interestingly, a few hours before our departure the weather turned somewhat. It was general knowledge on board that had the weather on eventually sailing been the same on arrival, it would have been unlikely that the visit would have gone ahead. That would have been a great shame because the Falkland Islands are one just one fabulous destination, well worth the effort.

    Usual excellent post Richard


      What can I say? Great photos of a place Id love to revisit. Thank you for sharing.

      CANBERRA (STUFT) May 1982
      OCEANA 7-21 Aug 2010
      VENTURA 4-19 Nov 2011
      VENTURA Feb 2014


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