Day 1 |
Apr 04, 2012

Colon, Panama 

By Christian “Rapa” Walter, Historian

Co-ordinates: 9° 21’ 29” N, 79° 53’ 27” W
Weather: mostly overcast
Air Temperature: 27,3° C
Pressure: 1005 hPa
Wind: 25,8%

Today, my duty was to welcome new guests for our Caribbean cruise as they arrived arriving in the Passenger Terminal. Later, I helped to hand out snorkel equipment. At 5 p.m. guests attended a Safety Briefing. Various shipboard staff and the Expedition Team introduced ourselves to our new guests, and then most of my colleagues went to join the guests who were continuing on from the previous voyage for cocktails in the Panorama Lounge. Meanwhile, Claudia, our South African meteorologist (and birder) and Conrad, our E(xpedition)-L(eader), stayed behind to give a briefing about our visit to Isla Perro (=Dog Island).

After the Zodiac-briefing it was my turn to explain a bit about the Kuna and their lifestyle, as we would arrive early to the San Blas islands the following morning. Then Conrad gave an overview of tomorrow’s activities, and Uli gave a short introduction about safety issues and snorkeling.

After so many briefings and introductions, it was time to enjoy the first of many culinary highlights, prepared by Janine Fourie, our South African Chef, and her team. Apart from dining in The Restaurant it was also possible to dine “under the stars”, as Deck 6 is set up whenever the weather permits.

The Silver Explorer then set sail around 9 p.m., as the distance to the San Blas islands did not require a long voyage –we would only cover 78 miles. The pilot left at 9.10 p.m. and we were off on our expedition along the coast of Panama, Northern South America and the Caribbean.