But a week after disembarking, the Ocean Nova was in the news - it had run aground in Marguerite Bay by the Argentine research station San Martin. The folks there were nice enough to allow me to use some of their pictures - both stills & webcam images - special thanks to Pablo S. Areas Carcano. There are also some pictures from onboard the Ocean Nova courtesy of Jeff Berg who was a passenger on this Antarctica trip.
After several attempts over ~30 hours to get the Ocean Nova loose, the passengers were safely transferred to the sister ship, Clipper Adventurer. Later that evening, the Ocean Nova was finally freed with fortunately no apparent major damage or environmental leakage. It then returned to Ushuaia, shadowing the Clipper Adventurer, and inspections there showed "four indented areas" ... but no damage to the propeller or rudder. The Feb 22nd departure was cancelled, but hopefully future trips will be a bit less adventuresome and as wonderful as mine per my pictures below.
On a related note, my wife (she works in the adventure travel business) had visited Antarctica in 1997 on the Explorer (the Little Red Ship) which was the first small cruise ship in Antarctica ... but was also the first to sink there in 2007 - D'OH! Fortunately, all were rescued from the lifeboats. Some interesting first-person accounts here & here, a Today Show segment, an excellent analysis by a naval architect onboard (his pics) and the final accident report. Remember that thousands of people travel safely every year to Antarctica, so don't let a few incidents discourage you from taking a trip of a lifetime.