Evacuation From Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay - Orust, Sweden, Mid of April 2020

After 3 weeks at anchor, 10 nautical miles off Montevideo in Uruguay, we finally got the good news that an evacuation was about to happen. Fingers crossed we all should be off the ship soon...

Thanks to the hard work and collaboration between the Aurora team, the Uruguayan Government and different international embassies, several chartered planes were organised to safely get us all back home.

96 Australians and 16 kiwis were the first ones to get off in Montevideo, starting their travel back home, where 14 days of quarantine awaits.

A small week after our aussie- and kiwi friends got evacuated, it was time for the rest of us, 15 pax from different nationalities in Europe, as well as the US and Canada, to finally step off the ship.

By bus we then got police escorted through the city of Montevideo to the airport. How amazing to see the citizens of Montevideo being so involved and supportive of our evacuation!

Our chartered medical plane would bring us, via Miami, back to Europe. A plane set up into risk zones with divided sectors, where each passenger is seated by their covid-19 test result.

After such a long time aboard a virus-infected vessel, I feel fortunate as all of my test results have been negative, but regardless of the test results we are all in good health and in the best mood :-)

40 hours later from when we left Montevideo, I finally find myself back at the Swedish west coast, where spring is flourishing as never before.

A warm thank you to Aurora Expeditions, the Uruguayan Government and the embassies for all the hard work in finding solutions to get us all back home. And of course, my biggest hugs (which I haven't been able to share in a very long time now!) to every single one of the amazing expedition team, who all kept an outstanding teamwork, kindness and high spirits despite the circumstances and many uncertainties onboard.

Very sad news reached us soon after we all reached our destinations. One of the crew members, who was hospitalised due to critical covid-19 symptoms, past away. My condolences to family and friends. R.I.P

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