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Boarding the MS Expedition

Friday, 22 December 2017

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Not a lot has happened since my last entry. Friday was a lot of sitting about and waiting for time to pass. Most of the time was spent in the hotel lobby reading. The main luggage has been checked in and will be transported to the ship.

At 15:30 we assembled in a nearby carpark where three buses were waiting to take us out onto the pier. The 'G-expedition' crew welcomed us aboard, we had our photo taken and shown to our cabin.

The cabin is very spacious and the en suite quite adequate. The square window provides a view out to the water not far below. Our cabin number is 329, one deck below the 'lounge' on deck 4 and two decks down from the dining room. The only way up or down is via the stairs. No elevators on this vessel. A peculiarity is the lack of locks on the doors.

The mandatory emergency briefing was conducted in the lounge after which we were taken to our lifeboat. There are four lifeboats and some additional life-rafts. A roll-call was held and we were free to watch the ship sail out of Ushuaia. Assembled in the lounge for the Captain's greeting, he is reputed to be one of the most experienced Antarctic skippers in the world. His english was not brilliant but he had a ready smile and his address was light-hearted.

Dinner was at 19:00 and we found a table for eight. Unexpectedly the chairs are loosely anchored to the deck allowing some limited movement.
One of our fellow diners celebrated a birthday complete with balloons and singing waiters. Even a birthday cake with candle. After the four course meal we collected our G-expedition parkas from the lounge; as expected they are bulky and in my case quite large. Finally got back to the cabin and unpacked our gear. My intention to keep a daily record was blown out the window, finally put the head down at just short of 23:00.

Will try to add to this series from time to time.
Stay healthy and safe.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 23:34 Archived in Antarctica

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