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01/12/2009

At Sea - Drake Passage

Minerva has left Antarctica and is heading back to Ushuaia. Ships' companies are always a little apprehensive when starting out across the notorious seas of the Drake Passage that separates the Antarctic Peninsula from South America. Yet sea conditions today have been good – little wind and a low, old swell. Minerva is a very stable vessel and there was very little movement. We have packed in a lot of activities in the last few days so as to make the most of our visit to Antarctica, and knowing that we had two days to recuperate, so some rest and relaxation was in order. There was still plenty to do with attending the varied programme of lectures and other activities, and time could be well-spent looking through hundreds of digital images to find the best to use in presentations back home. There was also time to gather at the stern to watch the albatrosses and other seabirds that are once again gathering in the ship's wake.

In the evening there was the formal farewell in the form of the Captain's Cocktail Party and Dinner. This was a very sociable occasion, although tinged with the knowledge that the adventure is coming to an end.
 

   

Naturalist Juan Restrepo points out pelagic seabirds from the pool deck.

Guests find time for a challenging puzzle during the Drake crossing.

Many guests took advantage of the board games to pass the time at sea.

Tea time is a daily event that everyone looks forward to!

Captain John Moulds shares a laugh with guests at his Farewell Cocktail party.


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