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review 26 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The highlight of the trip for me was always going to be South Georgia, which has fascinated me for years and entirely lived up to my very high expectations. What a stunningly beautiful place! We were extremely fortunate as we approached the island because there was no cloud cover and we could see the full magnificence of the snowy peaks in all their glory - a rare occurrence apparently. During three whole days around this incredible island, we made a numerous landings and really got the feel of the place. Wandering the beaches among the penguins and seals, and later the whaling station at Grytviken (where One Ocean had arrange a little church service and cemetery visit in honour of Frank Wild, Shackleton's right-hand man) was quite an experience. I'll never forget it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

It cost a heck of a lot of money, but worth every penny as it really was a trip of a lifetime. The seasickness struck me low as soon as we sailed out of the Beagle Channel into open waters, but it only took a day to reach the outer islands of West Falkland for our first zodiac landings and some amazing wildlife spotting. Getting up close to nesting albatrosses was a huge thrill. I was warned that there isn't much to see or do in Ushuaia (although I found the museums weren't bad, and the food at the Hotel Albatros was excellent) so I took a trip out to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is outstanding and made an excellent start to the trip - I'd recommend that side trip when passing through Ushuaia.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The boat staff made quite sure that we all knew exactly how to stay safe and avoid any unfortunate impacts on the local flora and fauna - and ourselves. Their love of and enthusiasm for South Georgia and Antarctica was obvious and infectious - one of the team is well-known for devoting much of her own time to South Georgia's very necessary environmental initiatives, such as the huge rat eradication programme which (fingers crossed) seems to have worked as the island's bird populations are now recovering fast. I certainly came away with a huge respect for the polar and sub-polar environment and all the efforts that go into protecting it. The ships staff were brilliant, hugely knowledgeable and they bent over backwards to make sure every passenger got the utmost out of the voyage and plenty of well-chosen landings in Antarctica. We certainly got to spend time in some fantastic Antarctic locations, and as well as getting to know penguins of several species in their millions, we must have caught glimpses of just about every bird type found in those parts the ships wildlife expert could spot and identify a bird that to the rest of us was just a dot on the horizon! As well as numerous landings, we were able to see whales, and get close to ice floes, on zodiac cruises - cold, wet and wonderful.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

In a nutshell, the trip could not have been better. It was fantastic. 5 star, 10 out of 10, couldn't have been better. I'm not sure when I'll be able to make another "exotic" trip, Responsible Travel will for sure be top of my list when I do. Thanks all of you.

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