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Finally, the day arrived to start our once in a lifetime adventure! Many of us have waited a long time for this day. We embarked the little blue and white Plancius, our home for the next 12 days at about 4pm. It was a fabulous day in Ushuaia, the sun got interrupted by rain and we could observe fantastic rainbows around the area.
We were welcomed by the Expedition Team and the Hotel Team at the Plancius’ gangway. After we had been shown to our rooms, we started to explore the ship and our new environment, soon followed the briefing for the mandatory safety drill and drill itself. It was interesting to see the 100 fellow passengers in the bulky orange lifevests.
Before dinner Claudio, our expedition leader, invited us to the lounge where we went through some basic information about life on the Plancius, the general plan for the trip and the weather forecast for the upcoming days. Volodymyr, our Hotel Manager, gave us useful advice about practicalities of life on board. We also met Captain Ernesto and we had a drink to celebrate the upcoming voyage!
For many the travel days to reach the remote town of Ushuaia were long, so most of us went to bed shortly after the fantastic buffet, others enjoyed still the last hours of the day in the beautiful Beagle Channel, heading down to the new place called Antarctica.
Tired and happy, we enjoyed settling into our new temporary home and cannot wait for the adventures that will begin soon.