Day 1 |
Nov 14, 2008

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

By Juan Carlos Restrepo

Latitude: 54º 48,6’ S

Longitude: 068º 18’ W

Temperature: 6ºC (43ºF) with sunny conditions, a crisp, early summer day. A fresh breeze was blowing from the southwest at 17 - 20 knots.sil

Full of excitement and anticipation, we arrived at the port of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. At 3 p.m., we walked the gangway to come aboard the Prince Albert II and proceeded to the check-in area in the Panorama Lounge. Once finished with the formalities, we enjoyed drinks and canapés to the sound of the piano before proceeding to our suites to settle in and unpack.

At 16h30, a mandatory safety drill was conducted as per international maritime regulations. At the sound of the general emergency alarm followed by a verbal announcement by our Captain Peter Ståhlberg, we all proceeded to the muster station in The Theatre. Our Expedition Leader Robin West conducted the drill and right after this we enjoyed some time off to familiarize with the ship.

At 18h30, a welcome cocktail was offered on the sun deck while we sailed away into the Beagle Channel under beautiful weather and light conditions. At 19h00, we proceeded to The Theatre for a presentation at which we were to meet our Expedition Staff. Robin also introduced us to some of the key personnel onboard, and provided an overview of the ship and of expedition cruising. When the briefing was over, dinner was served in The Restaurant.

A lovely meal and a good night’s sleep under the gentle rocking motion of the ship made for a smooth ending to our first day on board.