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11/24/2007

Ushuaia, Argentina

This afternoon we arrived in Ushuaia, traveling from all parts of the globe, to embark on a true adventure to the Great South. The small city of Ushuaia, with a population of 45,000 people is the southernmost city in the world, affectionately knows as El Fin del Mundo – the End of the World! After a quick overview of the city highlights, some of us enjoyed a show by local Gauchos at Club Ipico. A delicious, traditional Argentine meal rounded off the festivities, before boarding the coaches to the Explorer II.

The ships staff was waiting on the gangway to greet us, and after check-in and being shown to our staterooms, we made our way to the Verandah Restaurant for a glass of champagne to celebrate the start of our expedition.

The early evening began with a mandatory lifeboat drill, followed by some time to get ourselves orientated on board. Cruise Director, Jannie Cloete, and the Expedition Leader, Larry Hobbs, gave us an introduction to the expedition team and to the ship.

Explorer II set sail at 20h15 sailing through the Beagle Channel towards the Falkland Islands.

   

We had a chance to explore the charming town before boarding the Explorer II.

The Argentine naval training vessel was also in port and held an open day for all the locals to have a chance to explore this elegant tall ship.

It was a lovely evening as we set sail from Ushuaia, Argentina.

As we set sail down the Beagle Channel, one of the guests toasted our voyage.


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