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Back on dry land

Image Credit: The Jewels of Antarctica team

This morning we had a 6.30am wake up call followed by breakfast at 7am – our last meal on board M/V Plancius. 

We docked at Ushuaia port around 8.30am. Cabins cleared and checked, we made our way down the gangway onto terra firma after 11 amazing days in Antarctica.
Our  expedition guides were on the dock waiting to say goodbye and wave us off.  Despite the fact that we were all eager to get back to our families, it was with heavy hearts that we left the port .

We gathered for the last team shot in Ushuaia and waived goodbye to the harbour where our adventure had begun. We boarded a bus and together with our team kit bags took a short drive to the Albatros Hotel just across from the main port where we will remain until our 17.20pm flight leaves for Buenos Aires.

Tomorrow we have a full day to explore Buenos Aires before our long flight back to Dubai.  There is no doubt that this expedition has been an experience of a lifetime for all of us and one that none of us will ever forget. We have all just ticked one more thing off our bucket lists and will return home with incredible memories, hundreds of pictures and many stories to share.

The team certainly made an impact on board and many of the passengers were touched by the team’s enthusiasm and their personal stories – so much so that they spread the breast cancer awareness message through their own blogs so the team message reached a wider  global audience – Russia, Finland , Holland , Australia Canada, Sweden and the UK to name a few.

We presented our expedition mascot to the Ship’s Manager – a fluffy  Penguin from Ski Dubai complete with a Jewels of Antarctica  pink bandana signed by each member of the team. It will take pride of place in the ships observation lounge as a lasting reminder of the team and their message.

The ships expedition guides also commented on the positive energy the team brought on board and how much they enjoyed having us.

Lifelong friendships have been formed and we met so many other passengers on board who have been affected by breast cancer. Our message will live on long after we have returned to the UAE .