We are woken up by the last wake-up call from our Expedition Leader Andrew and are getting ready to disembark for the final time.
We didn’t have to turn our tags, there was no Zodiac ride ashore and it is a dry landing. The last eleven days have taken us on a remarkable journey from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, across the dreaded Drake Passage to Antarctica and allowed us a glimpse of life in these remote and sometimes inhospitable places.
We will all have different memories of our trip but whatever the memories, whether it was the many Gentoo penguins (and humans!) bathing at Petermann Island, the sight of the iceberg garden next to Pleneau Island, or stepping on the continent of Antarctica at Neko Harbour, these are memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. As my friend Thierry has said: Antarctica is tattooed on our brains.
We sailed about 2005 nautical miles (around 3713 km) to craft the most incredible journey of my life. On behalf of everyone on board, I thank you for travelling with us and wish you to plan your way to Antarctica very soon.