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Drake Passage and Ushuaia

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


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The crossing of the Drake Passage continued in a remarkable calm fashion. It was a subdued day aboard as we were required to focus on the task of packing and preparing to disembark. Various lectures and talks filled in much of the day.

There was a special treat because the passage had been so smooth the Captain took us into the Pacific Ocean on a visit to Cape Horn Island before slipping into the Beagle Channel for the approach to Ushuaia.

To my surprise the very bulky expedition parka compressed down enough to fit the luggage. In line with the excellent organisation throughout the voyage, the method of disembarkation was explained and proved to be very simple and effective. There were donation boxes for unwanted gear and effortless payment of the surprisingly small account balance.

Main luggage to be outside the cabin by 07:00, just before breakfast. Very civilised.

We were secure along side in Ushuaia before dinner, first time there was no rocking of the ship. The evening was spent with the crew in a packed lounge as farewell toasts were made, raffles were drawn and memorabilia auctioned off. Found it difficult to fall asleep without the assistance of the rocking motion.

Just the dreaded flight back to look forward (?) to.

Stay healthy and safe.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 20:26 Archived in Argentina

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