Windy, rainy weather in Ushuaia, Argentina – considered by some to be the southernmost city in the world. The passengers arrived on board the Fram, and after formalities of checking in and locating cabins we set sail down the Beagle Channel en route to the Drake Passage. Mandatory lifeboat drill was conducted just after departure. Each boat carries 150 persons, as well as several rafts fully equipped with lifesaving gear.
Our expedition leader Anja then introduced the officers and expedition staff on deck 7, in the panorama lounge. The staff includes ornithologists, biologists and historians, among other experts in their fields. The skies were grey, with low clouds shrouding the mountains, but there was no wind. And so the adventure to the southern continent of Antarctica begins!