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After travelling from far and wide, it was finally time for us all to embark on Plancius for an unforgettable trip. The weather as we left port was perfect: lots of sunshine, a little wind, and a nice spring temperature. Ushuaia is the southernmost city on the planet and would be our departure port for South Georgia.
Once we had all boarded and settled into our cabins, many of us used the opportunity to head out on deck for a look around at our surroundings and explore Plancius further. Just prior to departure, we all headed up to the lounge for some refreshments of tea and coffee, then heard the safety briefing from Chief Officer Maikel. We all had a good time trying out the bright orange life vests!
Shortly after the briefing, we threw lines and set sail from the pier. The wind picked up a little, but the sun continued to shine as we made our way along the Beagle Channel towards the South Atlantic. Just after six, we were again invited to the lounge, but this time for an introduction to life onboard with Hotel Manager Oleksander. This was followed by captain’s cocktails and a short speech from our captain for the journey, Evgeny Levakov.
Our expedition leader for the trip to South Georgia, Ali Liddle, then introduced us to her Expedition team and gave us some information about the coming days at sea. A lovely dinner was served soon after and we enjoyed the stunning coastline of Chile and Argentina as we sailed down the Beagle while we ate.
After finishing dinner and the last of the evening views, many of us retired to our cabins, where we settled in for our first night at sea.