Day 1 |
Mar 09, 2010

Ushuaia, Argentina

By Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Biologist

Co-ordinates: 54°48´S, 68°17´W

Weather: cloudy

Bunkering and provision loading was finished, the suites were ready and so we could start embarkation at 15.00. The guests arrived by coach shortly after. All embarkation went smoothly, and at 16.00 boarding of all our guests for Voyage 7006 from Ushuaia down to the Antarctic and South Georgia was finished.

Shortly afterwards, Captain Alexander Golubev announced through the PA system the obligatory Emergency Drill for the guests, and at 17.30 the Prince Albert II set course for the Drake Passage down to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Together with our guests I enjoyed the sail-away out of the port of Ushuaia and through the Beagle Channel. Two of my colleagues, Juan B. and Chris Srigley, armed with their binoculars, were looking out for birds, starting right from the beginning of the expedition. From my side I explained to guests the Nothofagus forests that we could see from the deck saying that these will be the last trees to see for the next 17 days.

Embarkation day finished as usual, first with the introduction of some heads of department and the Expedition Team, and second as always with an excellent dinner in The Restaurant.