I also saw the LOTW confirmation.
I wonder if I can also assume that this means a guarantee of a direct qsl card as well?
The LoTW confirmation is a guarantee that you are in the log. Of course, if you want the direct QSL, you need to follow the appropriate instructions indicated on the website.
I'm pleased with the LoTW confirmations received so soon after the expedition. These are applicable for DXCC as of right now. I'm in no rush at all to receive the direct QSL that I requested-- I'd just like one for my QSL album.
73 & HNY,