Day 17 |
Nov 28, 2009

Ushuaia, Argentina

By Robin Aiello, Marine Biologist Lecturer

Weather: Overcast with flurries and occasional sunshine

Our last day at sea before reaching Ushuaia. It is hard to believe that our adventure is nearly over – the time just flew by. But, we had one more day to go, and it was once again filled with lectures and activities. First up was Robin West, our Expedition Leader, with his talk on “The Making of the Prince Albert II”. This is a great talk about the history of our little expedition ship – when it was built, then rebuilt, then renamed several times before becoming the Prince Albert II that we all know and love.

After Robin, our historian Victoria Salem had a final chance to wow us with one of her lectures – this one on the “Adventures of the Aurora”. Again, as always, Victoria wove an amazing story all about this ship that is so well known for both its Antarctic as well as Arctic explorations. She went into great detail about its most famous voyages of 1911–14 and 1914–17. Fascinating! After having been down in Antarctica, these tales somehow seem more alive and real to us!

In the afternoon we all gathered in The Theatre to see the second part of onboard photographer Richard Sidey’s video of our voyage. It really is amazing when you review all that we have seen and done in such a short while. We laughed in parts, and teared up in others. A beautiful memory for sure!

Later in the evening we were welcomed to the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party and dinner. Thankfully, by then we had arrived into the calm protection of the Beagle channel, and as we toasted and celebrated what has been a most fantastic voyage, the dramatic scenery kept floating by.

For myself, this was a perfect ending to a long season – I am going off on holidays, but never fear – I will be back onboard my home-away-from-home, the Prince Albert II!