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01/03/2009

Drake Passage

Sadly, today was our last day on board the Minerva. In the morning we joined Cruise Director Jannie for a disembarkation briefing.

Later in the morning,

We spent some time on deck with the naturalists and then we feasted on the Executive Chef's Austrian strudel buffet. It was a fantastic spread and most of us were tempted to try at least one of the many flavors; there was a cherry strudel, an apple strudel, a poppy seed strudel and a cheese strudel!

Our last formal activity of the day was an Expedition Overview. Expedition Leader Lou Sanson began the overview by thanking all the guests for sailing with us and how well this trip went. Russ introduced a slideshow he had organized that featured photos of our various landings and many people recognized some shots of themselves. There were some incredible images and we were stunned when we realized how lucky we had been with the weather and the wildlife that we encountered.

During the evening most of us enjoyed our last dinner on the Minerva and then a quiet drink in anticipation of an early start in the morning. Many of us felt quite sad to be leaving after such an incredible cruise.

   

Naturalists Russ Manning and Lori Gross teach the Young Explorers the art of knot tying.

The young explorers create an Antarctic Food Web for the bulletin board.

Expedition Leader Lou Sanson recounts the many adventurous moments of the cruise!

A reflective guest savours his last few hours aboard the Minerva.


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