Due to good weather and relatively calm oceans, we arrived in Ushuaia early, about 6 p.m. and 12 hours ahead of schedule. The Captain said that this was the fastest crossing in recent memory and that he even had to slow down the ship. We also had to wait in the harbor for a short time until space cleared on the dock.
Once docked, the expedition staff held an auction of memorabilia, with 100% of the proceeds going to the "Save the Albatross" campaign. After a short bidding war, I made the winning bid for the red GAP Adventures flag that flew on Explorer's bow for most of the expedition. The Captain and Aaron lowered the flag from its post and presented it to me. I in turn helped the Captain raise a new flag for the next expedition (departing the following day). The flag will make a good souvenir in my next home, wherever that may be.
After dinner, we were permitted to leave the ship and go into town. Anna, Peter, Per, Stacie, Rick, Pina, and I found a small cafe for drinks and to reminisce about our just finished expedition.