Day 1 |
Mar 28, 2012

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica 

By Christian “Rapa Nui” Walter, Historian

Co-ordinates: 9° 54’ 45” N, 84° 43’ 12” W
Weather: Slightly cloudy, hot and humid
Air Temperature: 32°C
Pressure: 1005 hPa
Wind: 28,2 km/h

The day was already hot and humid when we said good-bye to those guests leaving us for their homeward flights, and it was getting hotter and hotter…. Our continuing guests left on an excursion to the “Via Lapa Sky Walk”, departing at 08:00 a.m.

While the Silver Explorer was made ready for the arriving guests, I had the opportunity to show a group of Costa Rican travel agents around the ship and they were quite surprised and pleased to see a ship this size with such an array of public spaces, and the lay-out and size of the suites.

Soon the first of our new guests started to arrive, and staff-members took turns assisting with their check-in. By 4 p.m. all guests had arrived and had been checked in.

Since this voyage was going to be short but intense, Conrad, our Expedition Leader (in short: EL), talked to us about our planned itinerary and the different possible slots for lectures. As we had quite a group of German-speakers, we made plans for Uli Kunz, our marine-biologist; Hans-Peter Reinthaler, our botanist; and I, as the historian, to present lectures, briefings and recaps in German.

After the general emergency drill and introduction of department-heads, it was our turn to introduce ourselves. As soon as the Zodiac-introduction was about to start, we separated into groups, and our German-speaking guests went with Uli, HP and myself into the Observation Lounge for a briefing of tomorrow’s activities.

For some it had been a long day, but everybody enjoyed the chance to savor some culinary delicacies and special wines while the Silver Explorer set sail. The Silver Explorer left Puerto Caldera at 8 p.m. at a leisurely pace, since the distance to Quepos was only 67 nautical miles, and we were expected to arrive at our anchor position at 6 a.m. the following morning.