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Dec 22, 2011

Ushuaia Port, Argentina

By Luciano Bernacchi, Naturalist, Birder, Glacier Guide

Weather: Light Rain, cool breeze, partially cloudy
Air Temperature: 8ºC
Pressure: 1002 hPa

Turnaround day in Ushuaia! As usual during the Antarctic season, turnaround days are very busy days on board the Silver Explorer. Many crew work against the clock as soon as guests disembark in the morning to get everything ready and spotless for the arriving guests in time for the afternoon sail-away.

After a few free hours in town, I went with my colleagues to the Panorama Lounge for check-in, and helped to produce the photographs of the newly arriving guests.

Once embarkation was finished, Expedition Leader Robin West welcomed everyone over the PA system, and announced the General Emergency Drill that would take place in a few minutes. We gathered in The Theatre for the General Emergency Drill and presentation. Soon afterwards, the Captain started moving out from Ushuaia’s pier and I joined guests on the outside decks for our sail away. As always, the changing weather in Ushuaia and the beautiful mountain scenery created the perfect setting to begin another unique voyage to Antarctica and the Falklands.

A little later I was again in The Theatre for the introduction of some Heads of Departments, and also the introduction of the Expedition Staff Members.

So the day ended sailing through the calm Beagle Channel en route to the Falklands, and a New Year somewhere in Antarctica.