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12/09/2007

Drake Passage & Beagle Channel

The seas and wind had thankfully calmed overnight. Breakfast this morning was a culinary extravaganza presented by the entire galley team. The buffet stretched right inside the galley area giving us the opportunity to meet ‘behind the scenes’ chefs, galley utilities and provision masters.

At 1130 Cruise Director, Jannie Cloete, gave an important briefing about the arrangements and procedures that would enable a smooth disembarkation and onward travel after our arrival in Ushuaia.

There was still time to go on deck for final observations of the albatrosses and other seabirds that had been tracking our course throughout the cruise.

Teatime this afternoon was a decadent affair – An Austrian Strudel Buffet! – a delicious spread of Austrian delicacies presented by our Pastry Chef, Jose and his team, as well as Executive Chef, Nico Edens.

Finally at 1700, the Expedition Team gave a ‘look back’ at our exciting voyage of discovery to Antarctica. They were all introduced to us again, and rounded off the cruise with a wonderful slide show capturing the essence of the trip.

We also raffled tickets to benefit the “Save the Albatross” campaign. Guests who purchased tickets stood the chance of winning an illustrated sea chart with our route and signed by the senior officers onboard, as well as one of Patricia Silva’s ink drawings. There was excitement in the room as the winning numbers were announced. Guests gathered together for dinner or evening cocktails to reflect upon the wonderful time that we’ve all shared together in Antarctica. We had made new friends, and had an adventure of a lifetime.

Late evening, Explorer II came into the shelter of land and towards midnight the lights of Ushuaia came in sight and so ended our cruise aboard Explorer II. We will leave tomorrow to go our separate ways – perhaps to meet again aboard one day.

‘And now to conclude. Is it worth doing?’ Ask any member of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and you will receive the reply: ‘Yes; I wouldn’t have missed it for worlds’ and ‘Would you go again?’ ‘Rather! Such is the call of the South!’
- - T. H. Orde-Lees. Diary of the Endurance expedition


   

We were treated to a very special breakfast with gourmet specialties from around the world.

Two of the waiters had special greeting for us this morning.

: It was such a treat to have fresh squeezed orange juice at breakfast.


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