Cruise on Marina Svetaeva

Margaret Whitelaw

Hobart, 11th December 2008

The big adventure is about to start. We arrived in Hobart this morning and are staying at the Hotel Grand Chancellor which overlooks the harbour. From our window on the 12th floor we can see the ship we will be boarding tomorrow.

The Marina Svetaeva is a Polish ship built in 1989 and is described as a strong ice strengthened expedition vessel rather than a luxury ship. Hopefully it is somewhere near the standard of the “big orange boat” Aurora Australis, which was wonderful. We plan to spend today looking around the harbour and the town and tomorrow morning we will be transferred to the ship. We are thinking of buying fish and chips and a bottle of wine to eat in our room tonight looking over the harbour as I think it will be very pretty.