Day 1 |
Nov 10, 2010

Ushuaia, Argentina

By Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Biologist

Co-ordinates: 54°48´S, 68°18´W
Weather: sunny

An extraordinarily beautiful sunny day in Ushuaia. Embarkation started at 14.30 as all our guests arrived at Ushuaia Airport on the charter flight from Buenos Aires. As they were transferred through this little town at the end of the world, they got a glimpse of how charming Ushuaia can be seeing it in sunlight and warm weather. Embarkation didn’t last more than one hour and was finished by 16.00. As usual, my job was to take pictures of the guests for our Fidelio security system.

Together with our guests and my colleagues I enjoyed the Sail Away out of Ushuaia along the historic Beagle Channel. Snow-covered mountains, deep blue sea and greenish hillside passed by as the Prince Albert II sailed towards the Falkland Islands. Some Kelpgulls, Dolphin Gulls and Southern Giant Petrel were accompanying the ship. During Sail Away on the sunny outer deck I had a chat with some guests whom I knew from a Silversea Expedition in the Arctic last year. With a warm spring day, some birds around the ship and a magnificent landscape, Silversea’s first Antarctic cruise of the season had started.

Shortly afterwards Sail Away, Expedition Leader Conrad Combrink announced over the PA system the obligatory Emergency Drill for all guests in The Theater.

Embarkation Day finished as usual with the introduction of the Expedition Team members and some heads of department. We welcomed five new members to the expedition team, all of whom had worked on the Prince Albert II before except Shoshana Jacobs, our marine biologist. For Shoshana it’s the first time on board the ship, but she has a long experience working in the Antarctic.

After the introduction, Conrad gave an overview of the route of our cruise, which will go from the Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands, then on to South Georgia and from there to the Antarctic Peninsula before returning back to Ushuaia.

A first beautiful day ended as always with an excellent dinner in The Restaurant while the Prince Albert II sailed through the Beagle Channel.