The Captain and crew have been really great and helpful. They have been very welcoming and clearly are sincere about aiding us in getting our science completed. Last night we had a nice social with them on the dock next to the ship. It was a fun to get to know some of them. Turns out I was at sea in Alaska with one of the engineers, Alex, back in 1995! Yes, it's a small world.
Alan Orpin, our great New Zealand collaborator, arrived this evening. We have enjoyed catching up with him.
Tomorrow will likely be another long day. I better get some rest in my cozy bunk.