Voyage Journal 7823 Day 1

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Day 1 - December 11, 2008 - Departing Ushuaia

By Gennadi Milinevsky

Position: 54°48.6’S, 68°18.0’W, Ushuaia
Calm, sunny, partly cloudy, air temperature +17C (63F), and wind 3 km/h

There was an incredible sunrise this morning over Beagle Channel in Ushuaia. Guests arrived from Ushuaia airport at The Prince Albert II around 3:00 pm. By 3:45, guests were checked into their suites, photographed, and relaxed. Some guests went into town for a short (one hour) walk. Captain Peter Stahlberg informed guests of the emergency drill that was to take place at 5:30 p.m. This is an IMO requirement that has to be undertaken on all vessels in the first 24 hours onboard. Expedition Leader Robin West briefed all guests on what to do if they hear an emergency call – go to their suite, grab their life jackets and some warm clothes, then proceed to the muster station – The Theatre on Deck 6.

Then, at 6:30 p.m., all guests again were gathered in The Theatre for an introduction of all department heads as well as the Expedition Team.

During the briefing, Captain Peter Stahlberg announced a delay in our departure. Some guests went up to the Observation Deck to enjoy the city view and later to The Restaurant for a view of the beautiful mountains while awaiting our departure for the Antarctic Peninsula.

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