Summary

Destinations: Antarctica
  • 11 Days From
    R 90900
  • Trip code: PSX
  • Activity: Polar, Bestsellers, Antarctica, Polar Wildlife, Marine Wildlife
  • Min age: 18
  • Group size: - 189
Leisurely

A heady and inspiring cocktail of towering blue icebergs, vast penguin colonies, whales, seals and glaciers right in the heart of the Western Peninsula.

It is a heady and inspiring cocktail of towering blue icebergs which refract searing blues and greens, whether against piercing clear skies or slate grey ones. It is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife: penguins of almost all descriptions, Leopard and smaller seals and whales, seen from the shore, the Zodiacs and from on board. This is a journey that appeals to many: photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, ornithologists or those who simply want to marvel at the peaks of Deception Island or the striking colours of Iceberg Alley in the most immaculate wilderness anywhere.

Key information
  • 8 to 12 nights on the ship
  • Expedition cruising in comfortable conditions
Activities
  • 8 to 12 nights on the ship
  • Expedition cruising in comfortable conditions
Highlights
  • Explore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula
  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
What's included
  • Food

Highlights

  • Explore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula
  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

Dates & Pricing

 
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06 Nov 2017
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R 111800
 
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R 139400
 
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R 111800
 
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R 139400
 
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R 111800
 
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R 125800
 
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R 125800
 
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07 Nov 2018
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R 134900
 
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R 131800
 
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R 131800
 
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R 131800

Reviews

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

Great boat, fantastic experiences, good mix of people

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Whales at Wilhelmina Bay.  We set off in our Zodiac boat and went for a ncruise.  Within minutes we were encircled by Humpback and Minke nWhales!  For around 3 hours we were treated to whales fluting, spyhoping nand bubble feeding, within meters of the bow of our boat.  The most namazing wildlife experience of my life.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  •   Jonathan Chester......well lets start with his redeeming nfeatures.  He appeared to be very familiar with Antarctica and had nencyclopaedic knowledge of the area, a sound Antarctic pedigree and good nworking knowledge of maritime travel.  Unfortunately, I did not find him npassenger focused, personable, caring, interested or inspiring.  He nseemed to be preoccupied with the Jonathan show, constant reminders of the nfilms he's assisted with, 15 books he'd written and who he nknows. I expected the tour leader to lead by example and to show an ninterest in passenger satisfaction.  On one occasion (following a nrequest to submit photos for a slide show) I informed him that one of the nship PCs had a virus.  He corrected me stating that there was only 1 nPC.  I advised him that my memory stick had been corrupted and that I nhad lost photos.  I also advised him that another passenger had lost nwork and photos.  Our glorious leader's response?  "Go ntell Dana" (another member of staff) thereafter turning his back and nsauntering off.  No apology, offer of help or solution, he couldn't neven be bothered to pass the message on to the relevant person. On the nlast evening there was a photographic slide show.  Jonathan gave an noverview and thereafter introduce the photo slideshow.  Following this nme and another passenger created slideshows with video footage.  The nother passenger asked if we could show them as they only lasted 3/4 minutes nand some of the footage was pretty good.  Yet again, our glorious leader nwas as much help and a chocolate teapot.  He declined and stated that nthere wasn't enough time.  Following the show there was happy hour nwithin the bar.  Me and the other passenger then sowed our videos in the nbar area, a resounding success, people were asking for copies of our shows nand buying us drinks.  Thanks for the encouragement. At one point he ntold a passenger that was in his 20's, that he was part of n"generation X" and wouldn't amount to much.  That's nreally appropriate.All in all I was underwhelmed by Jonathan Chester and will nbe avoiding any future trips that he will be leading. 

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Get a Gopro Camera with a pole attachment.  There's so much to see nand do and this will help you capture every moment.As much as it looks crazy, nbring a ski mask.  An absolute must when out on a cruise in the Zodiac.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • I found the expedition staff to be fantastic!  All had their own nspecific interest and all were incredibly knowledgeable.  I thought the nstaff covered too many jobs and maybe could have been doing with a little nmore help as it was the same faces getting up at the crack of dawn getting to nbed late.Derek (whale guy) and Katie (historian) were particular stand nouts.  Katie managed to give different angles on the traditional history nof the great white wilderness and at points had me captivated with her story ntelling.  She always had smile on her face and her love for Antarctic nhistory beamed through.Derek was outstanding!  He managed to find us the nbest spots for wildlife, had great knowledge of all Antarctic wildlife, had nthe best stories and was generally a great person to be around on the trip. nThe Vavilov is a great ship.  Cabins are well thought out and npractice.  Drinks are reasonably priced and food was pretty good.  nThe BBQ was a particular highlight, having BBQ on a ship in the middle of nAntarctica on a sunny day, unbeatable.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

A magical adventure amongst the whales, penguins and spectacular ice nformations. I would have given this 5 stars but I get terminally seasick and nloathe boats so 4 was the best possible really!!

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Sitting watching penguin colonies for hours. They had chicks who were very nhigh maintenance indeed, constantly pestering their parents for food. They nare compelling birds and it is impossible not to fall in love with nthem.Wilhelmina Bay was easily the trip highlight for me. Owing to certain ncurrents, vast quantities of krill are forced into quite a restricted area nwhich creates whale foodie heaven and therefore paradise for mere mortals nlike me who love watching wildlife. Blue skies and calm seas with deftly ncarved icebergs, the scene punctuated by whale tails wherever I looked. The nhumpback whales were bubble net feeding inches from the zodiac - reminded me nof a certain overused quote from Jaws.....It really was moving to be so close nto these gentle leviathans. I can't understand how any country can njustify their scandalous slaughter. Our zodiac guide couldn't contain his nwhoops of excitement, what a job!As an added treat we got to bivvy camp on a nsmall snowy island in a sheltered cove. This involved digging a shallow hole n(grave?) then sleeping in a bivvy bag. I was toastie warm and it was fun ntrying to sleep listening to nearby glaciers moaning and groaning all nnight. 

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • The expedition I was part of was on the Akademik Sergey Vavlilov which is noperated by One Ocean. The leader was Jonathan Chester. Putting it ndiplomatically, I have found other trip leaders to be more inspiring and ncharismatic and he didn't seem especially fussed with customer nservice.The stand out staff members for me were Derek who was a biologist and nZodiac driver. He was obviously genuinely interested in the wildlife we were ninteracting with and very sensitive to avoiding wildlife harassment at all ncosts. Katie the historian was knowledgeable, personable and made everything nshe talked about interesting with offbeat quirky facts.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Aerolineas Argentinas are a law unto themselves regarding scheduling changes, ndon't rely on them for time critical connections and make sure to arrive nin Ushuaia the day before the trip. I'd recommend the Hotel Albatros nwhich is across the road from the pick up point to get on the boat. Luggage ncan be collected by boat crew directly from here. Don't book flights nprior to 12pm on disembarkation day in case of delays.Antarctica is obviously nprone to extreme weather and you should come prepared but remember it is nsummer there and I've been colder at home in Scotland to be honest!  nA balaclava is handy for Zodiac excursions as the wind really nips your ncheeks. High factor sunscreen is essential. Get seasickness meds before ngoing as the ship has limited supply. I found promethazine the best ( nunfortunately I have had occasion to try lots of others.........) . You can nbuy this over the counter marketed as Sominex - sold as a sleep aid but the nsame drug. The Vavilov is a lovely ship. It was quiet and very stable. nThe lounge/bar area is fantastic. It is on deck 6 and has panoramic views and na viewing deck out the back. For someone like me who gets seasick on a duck npond and especially when shut into windowless rooms, the lounge was a ngodsend. Bear this in mind when booking as the sister ship the Ioffe does not nhave this facility apparently.Take up the offer of wet weather gear, penguin ncrap is stinky and better on hire gear than your own!There were a sizeable nparty of travellers from China on this trip. I think partly owing to it being nChinese New Year and also owing to increasing interest in travel from the nexpanding middle class. Unfortunately, I found this group to be probably the nworst behaved I have had the misfortune to encounter. Everyone on the ship nhas to go to a compulsory briefing on how to behave around the wildlife and non the Zodiacs which is provided in different languages if necessary. Despite nthis, I witnessed members of this group tramping directly through the middle nof penguin colonies, disregarding the 5 metre rule, repeatedly failing to nfollow instructions to safely behave in a Zodiac and generally behaving in a nrude, noisy and selfish manner. If I have the good fortune to repeat a trip nsuch as this in the future I will be enquiring as to the make up of the npassenger complement and would seek to avoid repeating having to put up with nfoul behaviour.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • I was very very lucky to win this trip as part of the 'Feel More nAlive' promotion from 2013. A thousand thanks to Exodus for giving me the nopportunity to visit this magical part of the world, it was much appreciated. nMake sure to enter competitions if you see them as someone has to win and it nmight as well be you!

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

An amazing introduction to a stunning continent. A real once-in-a-lifetime ntrip to somewhere that has to be experienced to be believed.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Where to start?! The excitement of jumping in a sea kayak for the first time, npaddling through the beautiful clear blue sea marvelling at gigantic nicebergs. Sitting on a gorgeously clear day in amongst a colony of gentoo npenguins for about 2 hours, just admiring their behaviour and their ninquisitiveness. The moment that the whole dining room put down their knives nand forks and ran out onto deck to see the family of orcas that had just nsurfaced in the distance. Or camping overnight on the ice, digging my own bed nand setting down for the night as the penguins and snowy sheathbills called nnearby.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Aaron and his whole team were absolutely fantastic. Nothing was too much ntrouble for any of the One Ocean staff and they seemed to be on duty 24 hours na day to search the horizon for wildlife and excite the passengers with nnumerous presentations and stories. We had a wealth of knowledge and nexperience on board, some of the most inspirational people I have met! I was nlucky enough to be part of the kayaking group and can't rate the guides nhighly enough. The crew on board were also brilliant, beautifully clean nrooms, delicious food (so much of it!!) and again - nothing too much ntrouble. 

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • I never really thought that a piece of equipment like an iPad or similar nwould be too useful until I looked on enviably as others displayed their nphotos at the end of the day! However the Ioffe has a well stocked multimedia nroom and many helpful members of staff so those without need not despair! nHowever take plenty of memory card space, and extra batteries for your camera n- you will need it!! Obviously lots of layers are very important - the nrental kit provided by One Ocean was top notch and the majority of those on nboard made full use of it.  Take spare gloves and hats - I took more nthan I needed but was thankful for extra layers when the weather turned. I ngot a lot of use out of my buff - great for pulling over your face if the nwind gets a bit nippy! High sun factor is very important, and a good lip nbalm!  Sea sickness pills are very useful, we were lucky with the ncrosings and didn't encounter the dreaded Drake Shake (!) but many of the npassengers took advantage of the patches that were available from the on nboard doctor.  If possible break the journey in Buenos Aires for a ncouple of days - a fantastic city worth exploring. 

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Just do it! There is really nothing like this place and it is well worth the nlong journey to get there - in fact it makes it even more special. The nproblem is once you've been bitten - that's it!!

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

An unforgetable trip, can't begin to really describe the Antarctic, it nhas to be seen to be believed. 

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The Minke whale who decided to investigate 3 of the 5 Zodiacs a few times, nswimming right underneath them all and then surfacing really close to us on ntwo occasions to inspect what was happening above sea level!  

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Chellie was incredible.  Funny, knowledgeable, obviously well respected nand well loved by her team and the Captain and his crew. She ensured neverything ran smoothly and safely. A star!

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Just go - Buenos Aires is probably worth a couple of days at least if you nhave the time. The trip was seamless: we went on the Sea Spirit which is a nreally lovely ship. Make sure you stay on deck as long as you can, take loads nof photos, take loads of travel sickness pills - you will very probably need nthem!  We did, and apparently we had a calm crossing on both occasions!

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Holiday experience of a lifetime.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

I cannot remember a time when the Antarctic was not at the top of my wish nlist. This trip not only met all my expectations, it far exceeded them! It is ndifficult for any review to do both the location and the expedition team njustice.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • It is almost impossible to identify any one moment but I have always longed nto see the huge icebergs and the first sighting of these was simply awe ninspiring.The whole trip was inspirational - the peninsula has a stunning nwild beauty that is like no other region. The penguins are such fun to watch nand the variety of birds, especially the albatross, is amazing. Zodiac ncruising amongst the sea ice is so peaceful and the beauty and colours of the nice formations takes your breath away. To see abandoned buildings gives a ntiny insight into just how difficult life must have been. Life tends to take non a new perspective.The experience, understanding and inspiration provided nby the trip was enhanced by some of the best lectures you could hope to nattend. The expedition team gave us an amazing selection of background ninformation delivered in an interesting and fun style. 

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Our group leader was Alex. He was excellent and managed to make all his hard nwork look effortless! I cannot think of anything that did not go well and his nenthusiasm and commitment to providing us with the best possible experience nensured we had just that. He was flexible and always looking for additional nlandings or cruises for us to experience - when we couldn't land due to nthe amount of ice, he immediately planned an alternative.Alex is nenthusiastic, friendly and highly professional and I am sure this influences nall his team. I cannot praise all of the team highly enough, they were all nfriendly, efficient, informative and professional.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • I would advise anyone thinking of doing the trip to go if they can. Everyone nwith a reasonable level of fitness can enjoy this trip so long as you ncan negotiate the zodiac landings and smaller slops - not everyone takes part nin the more difficult hikes.Even the shortest trip provides an amazing nexperience. Treat the journey as a part of the experience and take advantage nof the lectures as they are superb. Spend some time on deck enjoying the nsurroundings and the amazing bird life.Waterproof gloves are needed for nZodiacs but not helpful for photography so I bought some thin but good nquality lining gloves which were ideal.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • This was the trip I had always dreamed of but doubted I would do. I am so nglad I got the chance to go, I feel both lucky and privileged to have visited nthis beautiful, amazing place.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

The whole trip was exceptionally well organised and was up there with my most ninspriational trip ever (and I have done a fair bit of travelling!!)) n Antarctica is definately a place you should experience a once in a nlifetime experience.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • This is a hard one to answer as the whole trip was awsome, the most amazing nmoment was a close encounter (close enough to touch!) with a humpback whale. n We were in two zociacs and the humpback came and played with the boats nfor over half an hour it brought tears to your eyes that such a huge creature ncould be so interactive and gentle with boats that it outsized by many times. n Close up and personal.Penguins galore while you can stay the nrecommended 5 meters away from them dont be surprised that they dont pay the nsame attention to the rules!!!  If I am to use an analogy in the future nfor teams it will be to have the determination of a penguin getting to their nnesting sites sometimes at the top of mountains.  Sheer resilliance and ndetermination. It was inspirational to see the working and historical nscientific/research sites that our guides could inform us of the great work nthat had been done to inform our future. 

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Group leader from exodus was very inmative and our leader and the ships tour nleaders got as much out of the trip that was possible for the whole group. n Made sure we had the information we needed and were always on hand to ngive answers to quesitons and ensure our trip was safe and most importantly nenjoyable.  As a photographer the opportunities were massive.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Yes go for it ensure you look at the guidelines on what to bring and what is navailable on ship, I took most of my camera kit and used it all there are nsooo many opportunities for great photographs.  Remember to take the ntime to sit back be quiet and take in the sounds views and experiences of nAntarctica put the camera down and experience the place.  Take lots of nmemory cards and a back up to ensure you have enough space for the images you nwill get. Plenty of layers and a spare pair of socks.If you get the nchance tag an extra day on at Beunos Aires a great experience and if its nsummer there v. hot remember to take an outfit that will work in this ntemperature. 

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Dont hesitate to go for it, I had a wonderous time with fabulous like minded npeople and learnt so much from the guides and fellow travellers.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

Our trip to the Antarctic Peninsula was simply 'mind-blowing'

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Any description of Antarctica is always full of 'expletives'. nQuite honestly where do you start? Its awesome, pristine, 'bigger' nthan you can imagine. The glaciers and the thickness of the snow cover was nsimply mind boggling. Listening to the occasional 'calving' glacier nmaking a noise like 'gun fire' sometimes startled you as often it nhappened some distance away without you actually seeing the event nitself. The clearness and crispness of the air was an absolute tonic. nThe penguin colonies ('rookeries') were simply amazing. You read nabout how close you can get to the wildlife there but it was quite suprising nactually how close you could get to them. They were seemingly oblivious to nthe presence of man and therefore we were able to study their natural nbehaviour. It was a very humbling experience indeed and you felt 'at none' with nature, a part of the whole. Someone said to me back home nbefore we left 'Why go there won't a photograph of a particular nanimal or bird have the same effect? Well you just have to visit a penguin nrookery or a seal haul-out to experience the unforgettable sights sounds and noh yes -'odour' like no other and the adventure of course of actually nmaking landfall on the most remote and pristine continent on Earth. You ndon't get that experience from photographs! It is such an exciting nfeeling when you actually set foot on the continent itself.Describing a nspecific inspirational moment is impossible as you have to think about the nwhole picture. The landscape, the glaciers, the wildlife, the silence, the nlight, the people. There is no experience quite like it on our planet. It was none 'big adventure' from start to finish!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • All the 'One Ocean' guides were good. They were nknowlegable, skillful, caring and considerate at all times. The nexpedition team leader was Chad who was exceptional I have to add. His ncool, calm quiet leadership made such a difference to the trip I'm nsure. We all felt very safe in his capable hands. We have nothing but praise ntoo for the ship's Captain and crew. They worked efficiently, nquietly and discreetly in the background.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Most trips to the Antarctic Peninsula start at Ushuaia in Southern Patagonia. nThey call it 'The end of the World' but don't be put off by nthat rather deceiving descriptive! Its a city with a population of n70,000 to 80,000 people so its quite substantial. It is very much a n'frontier' town much like Jenneau in Alaska if you have been there. nIt is quite vibrant and I would suggest spending a few days there before (or neven after) your cruise to explore the area such as taking a boat ntrip into the Beagle Channel or a trip to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park. nMaybe the best way to do this might be to hire a car but our trips were norganised. What clothing to take with you will probably take up nmuch of your time in planning beforehand! But make sure you take enough base nlayers with you and warm and 'waterproof' gloves. The expedition ship nwe went on namely the 'Akademic Ioffe' provided waterproofs and gum nboots which you keep for the duration of the voyage and 'wash down' nafter each shore visit. Do wear good footwear on deck ie- 'hiking nboots' as it can get slippy and you don't want to nbe breaking any limbs when you are out there! Its even more nimportant to wear good footwear if you hit foul weather in the Drake Passage nand a unexpected wave can cause a sudden jolt which may cause you nto lose your balance. The golden rule then of course is 'keep one hand nfor the ship'! We took warm quilted coats with us which were not nwaterproof. They are fine but bulky to pack. If you have taken sufficient nbase layers with you then the kit the ship supplies may be sufficient for nyou. We went in January and it wasn't incredibly cold out there in fact nit was colder in the UK when we got back! Don't forget the 'sun nblock' and UV protection sunglasses. Make sure you take 'plenty' nof memory cards for your cameras!

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • You may have thought about a trip to Antarctica for a long time. Of course nits expensive getting there and there is no getting away from that but a nvoyage to this pristine white continent can be simply life changing. Savour nevery moment. A trip to Antarctica will give you a better understanding of nthe fragile planet upon which we all live.Remember it when you return nhome and be an ambassador for this remote and fascinating continent.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

Wonderful trip.  Well worth the effort despite some stressful moments in nthe beginning.  Antarctica is a very special place.  Cannot be ncompared to any other travel experience.  So glad I went.   nWould have given 5 stars but for my experiences prior to and at the beginning nof the trip.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The Penguins.  Waking up after a night in the snow to see a Penguin nlooking at me.  Seeing a Whales head surface near our Zodiac.  The nsheer pristine beauty of the place.  The "blue icebergs" and nthe stillness.  Nature at its purest and most unspoilt.  The nwonderful staff.  The professional photographers and the interesting nlectures.  The memory stick of the trip, including photos was na great momento.  

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Kim Christie.  I did not know she was on the trip until a few days ninto the trip despite exchanging emails prior to the trip. Could have done nwith her help in Ushuaia (see "Anything you want to add"). 

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Wish I'd taken a hat with ear flaps and an inbetween coat.  nSometimes my triple goose down parka was a bit too warm (it can get quite nwarm in the sun when worn together with the waterproof outer gear) and nmy thin jacket (for the BA sun) was not warm enough for Ushuaia.  The nthin inner finger gloves are very useful when taking photos.  Thermals nare a must.  Layers of thin polo necks best.  Tee shirt OK in ship nbut need warm coat for deck.  No special shoes/boots required.  nRent wellington boots, waterproof jacket and trousers on ship.  nTravel light. Take lots of film and extra batteries.Worst airport (BA to nUshuaia) experience I've ever had (and I've done a lot of ntravelling).  Long queues.  Very few of the staff speak nEnglish.  Chaos.  So nearly missed flight.  Met quite a few nother people who had a similar experience.  Get to the airport nearly.  Coming back was better.  Nice little airport at Ushuaia.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Did not get my final travel documents until a week before my departure ndate.  I had to call and ask where they were.  Even then, they were nnot complete.  There was no separate document re "Ushuaia njoining instructions".  I sent an email and got an apology and nsome instructions  Also, why was I not booked in at the Hotel Albatross n(the meeting point for departure to the ship) as Kim and her companion nwere?  I have no complaints about Hotel Las Lengas. They were very nhelpful but it is a good 10-15 minutes walk to the Albatross Hotel.  nAlso, I was told by Kim that I could leave my bags at the Albatross nHotel until our departure to the ship in late afternoon.  Check out nat the Hotel Las Lengas was 1000.   When I got to the nAlbatross Hotel (around 1030) they would not let me store my luggage nthere.  They said they only stored luggage for people staying at nthe hotel.  They said they had had this problem before and had informed nthe various companies before.  They gave me the name of a place in the ntown where I could leave my luggage.     I could not find it nand ended up leaving my luggage at the Tourist Office (who were very nhelpful).  One more thing - I was booked into a triple cabin but nthere were other single people on the ship who did not book a single cabin nbut ended up in a cabin on their own.  Kim was aware of this and said nshe would look into it.   

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

WE had a wonderful experience in the Antarctic and also spending a few ndays in Ushuaia before our departure on the Clipper nAdventurer.      Thanks must go to Kim nChristie  for sorting us out with travel and accommodation when the Ship nbroke down in December, 2011.   Within a few moments of nreturning  Kim rang to check we were home safely and 24 hours later we nwe rebooked on the February trip.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Sitting in a Zodiac watching Killer Whales (about 90) swimming towards nus.  Absolutely thrilling.Humpback whales passing under the Zodiak and nrolling slightly to look at us.  Unforgetable.Sitting with hundreds of npenguins watching them going about their business and watching us with great ncuriosity.  I have some wonderful photographs of penguins studying the nlanding of the Zodiacs with a very amusing tilt of the head. Leopard nseal with the biggest gape when it threw its head back to yawn.  nBarbeque on deck surrounded by wonderful Glaciers and Icebergs in beautiful nsunshine.  We were very lucky with the weather.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • All the expedition crew were superb.  Nothing was too much trouble for nthem and all were very knowledgeable.They worked very hard to give us the nmost memorable experience. The ships crew each and neveryone succeeded in making this one of the best experiences of my nlife.I would like now to go to the Arctic before I am too old.  Having nsaid that the oldest person on our trip was 85.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Warm hat, gloves and something to cover your throat to keep the draught nout when move swiftly in the Zodiacs.  The Jackets supplied were nabsolutely superb.No time to read or anything as the expedition crew give nlectures and displays and eating so much excellent  food,  meeting nso many new friends and staying in touch when you return. 

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Please just Go for It!  Slide down a wonderful slope on your nbottom,  see the most wonderful sunsets, water that is crystal clear, nand lots of animals both in and out of the water that are just as curious nabout us as we are about them. I would love to do it again.  Maybe nthe North Pole next.

ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

An excellent and informative introduction to Antarctica. You could not wish nfor a better trip.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The Icebergs, stunning beauty and serenity

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Very well informed, and a good attention to bio-security

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Read the pre-trip advice carefully, bring sufficient drink to avoid steep on nboard prices.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Be prepared to make new life-long friends

Trip Notes

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