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11/08/2007

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

We gathered from around the globe in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located on Tierra del Fuego. It is home to approximately 45,000 inhabitants and, although still growing rapidly maintains some of its frontier-town atmosphere. Our flights were dramatic because clear weather allowed grandstand views of the Andes mountains and their panoramas of glaciers, lakes, and towering snow-covered peaks. Even from Explorer II's position on the dock, we could see the broad sweep of mountains, still with a good covering of snow.

When we boarded, we were immediately made welcome and shown to our cabins where we could refresh ourselves after a long and eventful day, followed by afternoon tea and a celebratory glass of champagne. But before we even left the dock, we had to take part in the all-important formalities of joining a ship. The Captain, John Moulds, an officer with great experience of Antarctic cruising, directed us in the mandatory lifeboat drill. More informally, we later gathered in the lounge where Jannie Cloete, the cruise director, welcomed us and outlined the facilities on board and introduced the ship's staff who will be guiding, educating and entertaining us. Then expedition leader Larry Hobbs, gave us a brief outline on what we can expect on the cruise and introduced the Expedition Staff of naturalists and lecturers. Finally, and shortly after Explorer II slipped her moorings and headed down the Beagle Channel, we enjoyed our first dinner as the forested shoreline of Tierra del Fuego glided past.

The weather forecast is good so we are hoping for a speedy and calm passage to the Falkland Islands.

   

We meet the ship in the beautiful port town of Ushuaia, Argentina

We boarded Explorer II, our new home away from home.

The friendly crew welcomed us onboard with champagne and delicious treats.


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