|Position:||42°45’.7 S, 65°01’.4 W|
Most of us flew into Trelew and made our way to Puerto Madryn a day or so in advance of our adventure. Puerto Madryn provided a lovely spot to chill out, walk the seaside promenade, and build anticipation. Finally, the late afternoon came and it was time for boarding. The Expedition Staff helped to handle our luggage and see us onto the beautiful ship that was to be our home for the next 3 weeks: MV Hondius. We were ready to start our adventure. We started with a briefing to get us familiar with the ship, and the mandatory safety briefing that followed. As this wrapped-up we cast off from the wharf and turned our bow to the open sea. We were given time to head to the outer decks to wave goodbye, and then had a bit of serious business with the donning of life jackets for the lifeboat drill. Only a few minutes later we were back in the Observation Lounge for the Captain’s Cocktail Party. We took the opportunity to enjoy the lovely nibbles, toast to the voyage and start to meet our fellow passengers. A few were lucky to spot a Southern Right Whale mother and calf off the starboard side. Meanwhile, everyone was lucky to enjoy a tasty dinner buffet accompanied by a stupendous sunset - a wonderful harbinger for a successful voyage.