Saturday, January 19, 2013
We arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile & were delivered to the Australis office where we checked in for our cruise and left our luggage. Most of it anyway! Margarita made Pancho carry a bag with a couple bottles of water while walking around Punta Arenas for the three hours we had to wait for our embarkation! We are still having the unusually hot weather here in PA . We were looking for a cerveza or pisco sour. Finally ended up at Club Tapiz, a cute little cafe (very delicious pastries) and cooled off "a little". There is no air conditioning anywhere down here, they are not used to having heat.
Finally we were able to go on board our Stella Australis ship. We were led to our cabins(which were also very hot), we cleaned up a bit and went to the welcome aboard" cocktail party. The Australis is all-inclusive, and is very, very nice. This will be a wonderful 4-night cruise! Our first dinner was so good! Following dinner we had a short briefing on tomorrow 's activities. Then time to go to bed after our long day of road travel, walking around and finally settling in at 11:00pm with light still coming thru our cabin window!