The seas and wind moderated through the night and there was a healthy crowd at breakfast, looking forward to our passage into Antarctic waters, south of 60◦ south latitude. By crossing that line we officially are in Antarctia, though it would take most of the day to transit the Polar Front and make the ecological jump (figuratively) into the colder Southern Ocean. The literal jump into the ocean, a true polar plunge, may well come later on in the voyage.
National Geographic Orion
Our time has come, the circle is closed. Twenty days ago, we left Ushuaia. Headed towards Antarctica, the infamous Drake Passage, and certainly some unknown. Now we return, after an incredible voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, and a lot of ocean in between. Calm seas in the Beagle channel were certainly enjoyed, but it was a bit shocking to see trees and civilization. We did enjoy the sunshine, dolphins, and abundant birds. I think for many of us, we wished we were heading back out instead of into Ushuaia, but the memories we have created will last a lifetime.