Day 1 |
May 30, 2012

Greenock, Scotland 

By Juan Carlos Restrepo, Geologist

Co-ordinates: N 55º57’19”, W 004º45’40”
Weather: Overcast
Air Temperature: 13ºC
Pressure: 1014 hPa
Wind: 4 knots

Here we go again! After a quick turn around, a new adventure begins. It is always very exciting to sail away; to me it translates into a sense of freedom and tingly anticipation about the adventures to come.

We are now going to sail from Scotland to Iceland. I am looking forward to the prospect of sailing such a long stretch of the North Atlantic Ocean. We will start off in Greenock, followed by the Isle of Man and Dublin, the capital of Ireland. We will then sail some of the most beautiful Scottish isles including the Hebrides, the Trishnish, St. Kilda the Orkneys and the Shetland islands, before sailing on to the Faroes, which belong to Denmark. Our trip will end in Iceland where we will enjoy some spectacular glacier and volcano country.

At noon we started embarking our 105 guests. They were greeted at the gangway on deck 5 by some of our Expedition Team members and hotel staff. It was a bit chilly out there and our guests were excited to be on board, but first they needed to be checked in, so they were initially directed to the Panorama Lounge for that purpose. The procedure was simple - hand in a passport, receive a suite key and have a photo taken.

Once finished with the embarkation formalities, our guests were shown the way to The Restaurant for lunch, after which everybody headed to their suites to unpack and settle in.

At 16h30 our Expedition Leader and Safety Officer carried out the mandatory emergency muster drill in The Theatre and at 18h00 the Silver Explorer singled up the lines and set sail from the port of Greenock as we enjoyed cocktails out on deck. The sun wasn’t really there and instead we had some Scottish liquid sunshine.

Shortly thereafter we met again in The Theatre, where our Expedition Leader Robin West introduced some of the Heads of Department on board, as well as the Expedition Staff. He finished these introductions with a destination briefing about our planned activities for tomorrow in the Isle of Man and the following day in Dublin.

As most people had been travelling for a while to get here and many were jet lagged, the evening was a quiet one. After a delicious dinner almost everyone went back to their suites to relax and have an early night.