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12/09/2008

Ushuaia, Argentina


Today was the start of our great Antarctic adventure. We flew down to the southern hemisphere along the Andes Mountains and as we approached Tierra del Fuego, many people glimpsed glaciers and countless volcanic peaks. We landed in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is a harbor town situated along the Beagle channel and is the stepping off point for many Antarctic expeditions.

We made our way to the port where and had our first look at the Minerva. Cruise director Jannie Cloete warmly welcomed us to our new home for the next ten days. Following check-in formalities, Captain John Moulds, told us that a mandatory lifeboat drill would happen shortly. We grabbed our life jackets and parkas for the lifeboat muster stations. After the drill we enjoyed our first delicious meal as the ship sailed down the Beagle Channel.

   

Flying in to Ushuaia, we pass over the famous Beagle Channel

Busy Ushuaia traffic flows beneath the backdrop of the Martial Mountains

Lupines are blooming in Ushuaia's gardens

MV Minerva awaits embarkation


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