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Day 1 - December 22, 2008 - Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

By Rob Suisted

Today is the start of another great Antarctic adventure.Ahead of us lies the known and the unknown, the expected and unexpected – the all important variables, that of course wait to play their hands, are the weather, the ice and the people.

In early afternoon everyone embarked Prince Albert II as she lay tied up alongside the municipal wharf in Ushuaia, Argentina on the shores of the island of Tierra del Fuego. The beautiful sunny day later grew cooler as the winds increased. The scenery around the town of Ushuaia was stunning. Jagged peaks fringed the southerly city and could be seen as well in other directions. Everybody was warmly welcomed aboard, checked in and enjoyed an afternoon tea – a welcome slow down for many after an early morning charter flight from Buenos Aires and coach tour to a local National Park.

Prince Albert II slipped away from her berth at 6:30pm as many of us gathered for a sail away drink on the top deck, and the first chance to start meeting new faces and begin socializing with our new found ‘family’ of expeditioners.

A bit later after the guests had some time to become familiar with suites and the ship’s layout, we mustered for a general emergency drill. Later, came introductions by Robin West, our Expedition Leader, to department heads and Expedition team members, who shared important bits of information designed to maximize our enjoyment and experiences in the great white south.

Dinner was served and guests enjoyed their first meal onboard. As we sailed down the Beagle Channel, the evening light highlighted the numerous beautiful bays and islands.

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