Noon Position: 55° 04’S, 66° 41’W
Weather & Sea conditions: Calm seas, overcast skies
Happy New Year! Most of us had a lie-in this morning after staying up to celebrate the arrival of 2009, so there was no organized program until the afternoon. Brunch was served in The Restaurant from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., so a lazy time was enjoyed by all.
After a night where the seas were somewhat turbulent, by the time we got up and into the shelter of the Beagle Channel by midday we were in calm waters. We picked up a pilot at about 1:30 p.m. to guide us the remaining four hours into Ushuaia. We were planning to dock early since we had a sick patient on board, so all looked forward to an unexpected evening of exploration in Ushuaia after an early dinner at 6 p.m.
At 2 p.m., I concluded the lecture series with the topic “Amundsen the Sportsman, Scott the Hero?” which looks at the careers of both men, their successes and failures, personalities and exploring techniques, as well as at the men who traveled with them. What happened when a Norwegian skier and a British naval captain both set out to conquer the last unexplored point on the surface of the globe (in 1910)? Amundsen won, whereas Scott and his four companions died on their return journey, providing us with a romantic, heroic tale that has by far overshadowed Amundsen’s success.
At 4 p.m., our final recap was held in The Theatre, followed by a fantastic photo presentation of our trip by Dominic, the onboard photographer. All guests were given a free DVD of his slideshow to take home as a memento of a great voyage – 13 landings/Zodiac cruises and blue skies and sunshine every single day; we even had snow falling on Christmas Day!
Guests were all busy packing during the afternoon, and after an early dinner, either walked into Ushuaia or retired to the Panorama Lounge for a farewell drink and to listen for one final time to the smooth sounds of our onboard pianist, Adam.