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Our journey has officially started!
After our first night onboard of Hondius we awake from the wake up call of our Expedition Leader Marcel. We have a busy day ahead of us!
After breakfast which surprises us with a variety of delicious treats, we start with our first briefing. At 09:15 Marcel is giving us all needed information about the Zodiac operations and guidelines of IAATO, so that everything runs smoothly, and we are all safe during our voyage to the white continent, including the wildlife and environment.
Just two hours after that it is time for our first activity briefing. We meet with the mountaineers David, Owain, Massimo and Gianni at the lounge and they tell us all about their beloved activity in Antarctica and what it takes to join them. They give great advice about which level of mountaineering to join and what gear to bring or better not to.
Talking about gear… it is time now to receive our Muckboots. So we get called by decks to the shell doors at deck 3 and are kindly asked to bring tow pairs of socks so the boots will fit perfectly. At the shell doors the Expedition team awaits us and helps us to find the perfect pair of boots for the upcoming 6 days of activities.
Once everyone found its pair of boots it is time for lunch. Again, a delicious buffet awaits us at the dining room.
At 14:00 the educational program continues with the camping briefing. Camping guide Saskia and Koen explain all about their favourite activity and we feel excited and well prepared for the adventure to spend a night outside and experience the Antarctic night.
The next briefing takes place 1.5 hours later and it is the Kayaking briefing. We get the idea that this will be a very busy and active trip! Adam and Matthew, our Kayaking guides, explain to us how the kayaking operations will work. Another wave of Excitement rolls over us.
At 17:00 it is time for the last briefing of the day. Julia and Dorette, the Photography Guides, give us a briefing and an idea about photography and videography will turn out to be the best memories from this voyage.
At 18:15 we meet all in the lounge for our first daily Recap, where Marcel and other members of the Expedition team give us short and interesting Information about what we have seen and experienced this day and what we are planning on doing the next day.
After this very busy and informative day we are all happy and excited to see and experience Antarctica and all the activities we are planning to do. We enjoy a delicious dinner provided and served by the excellent Hotel Team and afterwards we sit in the lounge and chat and share a drink and some stories with our new travel companions. What a great first day at sea!