Tuesday 22 November 2011

Welcome to the far south

This morning the Fram came along side at Ushuaia, Argentina, the most southerly city in the world. Our first cruise of the Antarctic season ended with very happy people heading home or continuing their journeys in South America. Eight hours later the ship was cleaned and readied for our next expedition. Our new passengers arrived to the ship at about 1630h after first having a chance to look around this vibrant city.

Even though Ushuaia (pronounced Ooswhya) is built up, there are lots of opportunities to see wildlife, especially on the shoreline. This is a Dolphin Gull, which is common here in Tierra del Fuego.

After checking-in, jacket fitting and settling into our cabins, we set sail at about 1900h. Our destination is Punta Arenas, Chile, where some passengers will visit Torres del Paine National Park while others will go on various exciting excursions to the region. As is normal, Kelp Gulls said goodbye to us as we left the port of Ushuaia!

After supper, we had a mandatory safety drill followed by a welcome reception with our captain. After spending a few days in Chile we will head down to Antarctica. Stay tuned to this blog to follow our expedition!