I am starting to fall into sync with the timezone because I was awake for work his morning. I don’t believe there are any other time changes until we have to come home so once I am fully acclimatised it should be plain sailing.
This morning we were very lazy and after breakfast we repacked the cases ready for their trip to the ship. We pre-booked our transport yesterday with the concierge but the first vehicle to arrive, was in both ours and the driver’s opinion no where near big enough. A substitute was quickly arranged which was exactly the same size!!! Not to be deterred and probably wanting the fare the driver managed to squeeze the four of us plus nine cases into his taxi. 15 minutes later we arrived at the port with just about all the other passengers.
A numbered ticket system was employed to get through security and it took 20 minutes to get through this stage. Next was check-in which took just 10 minutes because of our loyalty status. The next bit took a little longer. Argentine immigration with snakey queues which took around 25 minutes to complete. After surrendering our passports we were free to board. Not the quickest embarkation experience or slickest but at least it’s over and done with now.
Our cabin was ready straight away so we quickly located it to drop bags off before going to get lunch.
Muster was at 3:30 and if I was completely honest you would think the crew had never done one before. If I had to sum it up I would say uncoordinated and unprofessional.
We were supposed to sail at 4:30 but didn’t get away to gone 5:15. The weather was gorgeous and it made for a really nice sail out of Buenos Aires.
After receiving all our cases we encountered another hiccup when one of them wouldn’t open because the combination lock became jammed, a trip to guest services resulted in a maintenance man called Teddy turning up with a screwdriver to prise it open. Not sure how we get over it for the return leg but we do have 14 nights to think of something.
Time is of the essence tonight so I will cut it short.