When Cape Horn emerges from the morning mist, the main thought among us is that it’s all almost over. This fantastic adventure at the end of the world is coming to an end. Nobody says it, but we all think it. We'd be willing to recross the Drake Passage and start all over again.
National Geographic Resolution rode the waves with kindness, and life onboard was normal. The massage table was always busy, as were the two hot tubs and the gym. The bar was also well attended. The river of cocktails and laughter has never stopped. On the contrary, being together has given us the opportunity to get to know each other better.
Many went for a last stroll to the Bridge. An obligatory visit, a last goodbye to the Captain and to all the officers who took us to Antarctica and back in complete safety. The gaze often runs to the horizon which is now the two shores, Argentina and Chile, of Tierra del Fuego.
The chatter between everyone intensifies. These are the moments of memories, of all that we saw for the first time in our lives. Weddell Sea to Lemaire Channel. Further south to Petermann Island. We lived a unique week. Isolated from the known world, but happily connected to Mother Nature and one of her most extraordinary creatures, Antarctica.
Instead of the classic afternoon tea, there is a tasting of wines accompanied by the famous Argentine empanadas. What better occasion for another toast among new friends? It is not the last of the day. When the Captain says, "thank you and goodbye," amidst the thunderous applause of the bystanders, we also hear a frantic clinking of glasses. Now it's done...National Geographic Resolution approaches the Ushuaia pier while we all, sadly happy, go to the restaurant for the last dinner together. Thanks to all of you for this wonderful adventure together.