Early this morning we entered the port of Ushuaia, with it's magnificent backdrop of the southern Andes mountains. The most southerly city in the world sparkled in the early morning light as it quietly awaited another day of business. This city has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and has become the premier jumping-off point for Antarctica.
Of course, before we set sail, we received our new passengers, who boarded the ship, checked in, received their blue expedition jackets and generally got to know the ship a little. The luggage arrived a lot earlier and was skillfully delivered to each cabin door by the ship's crew.
After the mandatory safety drill and welcome meeting from our Captain and Expedition Leader, the ship fell quiet as it's passengers retired to their cabins and we sailed peacefully west along the Beagle Channel. We are headed for the first leg of our adventure in the Chilean Fiords and Punta Arenas.