|Position:||54°48’.6 S, 068°17’.8 W|
Finally, we arrived in Ushuaia! All of us came to this town in the very south of Argentina from everywhere around the world on an overcast day that was not too cold. Known as ‘the End of the World’, Ushuaia is just the beginning of our adventure as we will venture much further South to the great White Continent. For most of us this is a lifelong dream, and for many, this will be the seventh continent and last continent on the list to visit.
However, Ushuaia is not just a port for us; it is a beautiful city set in beautiful landscape. The mountains that rise up from the ocean behind the city are topped with snow, and the streets are buzzing with excitement for those about to embark on the voyage of a lifetime while a silent smell in the air makes it clear to us that winter is not far away anymore. In the morning, we strolled around Ushuaia’s old roads, doing some last-minute shopping and grabbing a coffee before embarking upon the expedition ship M/V Hondius.
Finally, it is 4:00pm and we are slowly making our way to our home for the next 10 days, Hondius. Whilst waiting to board, you could feel the excitement in the air. The expedition team greeted us at the gangway and their excitement for the upcoming journey was palpable. We were met at reception by DJ, the ship’s hotel manager, where we then checked into our cabins with the assistance of our fabulous crew.
We had a little bit of time to get familiarised with the ship before we all convened in the lounge on deck 5 to formally meet our Expedition Leader, Adam, and our Hotel Manager, DJ, for the first time. They gave us an overview of the ship, a floating hotel with a lot of comfort, and a short introduction of the next couple of days. Then, we met the chief officer, Matei, who led us through all the details of the required SOLAS briefing (Safety of Life at Sea).
One last time before dinner, we gathered in the lounge with a glass of Prosecco as it was time for the captain´s welcome cocktail hour. We were introduced to our captain, Remmert Jan Koster, who toasted to a safe and amazing trip. At 19:30 we were welcomed to the dining room, where we sat at shared tables, making new friends and wondering what awaits us in the days to come.