3 independent reviews for Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia small ship cruises

Reviews for Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia small ship cruises

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review 7 Feb 2016

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

The sheer breathtaking beauty of Antarctica, the massive tabular bergs, and the incredible wildlife and -the penguins in all varieties were definately the highlight amazing birds endlessly entertaining to watch yet incredible survivors in such extreme conditions.We were also lucky enough to see breaching humpbacked whales, 4 types of seal ,and numerous other birdlife and sea life at close quarters. It is a wildlife enthusiasts and photographers heaven.The additional highlights for me were to have been able to follow the route of the Irish explorers Shackleton and Crean and by camping out for a night. Part spent in a snow hole and part in a tent, I really appreciated the harsh conditions which they endured but for me thankfully only for one night. Also by visiting the old whaling station on South Georgia and Shackleton's grave and trekking part of the Shackleton route down to it I felt a sense of history. This was also keenly felt when we managed to get so close via zodiac to the place that the men left behind had camped on in Elephant Island. Finally swimming in the antarctic was a first (suprisingly not much colder than a dip off our southern shores here in Ireland) and also being held on shore for a couple of hours because the pack ice had blocked our return to the ship all added to the sense of adventure, and power of nature which this incredible place throws up daily. This trip will forever stay in my heart- and Antarctica truly is a gem which I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to visit.

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

Read about the history and the wildlife in advance and bring a really good camera, but more importantly a good pair of binoculars- mine were hopeless! Also, the jacket you are given is incredibly warm- I hardly used my down jacket, except for the camping.

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

It certainly supported conservation because we were reminded daily to leave no trace and alot of the money rasied on board supported different conservation programmes like the rat erradication programme in South georgia and also one of the museums. Money was also given to a Phillipino project since most of the crew were from the Philippines.

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

Incredible. I would go again tomorrow if I got the chance. It is expensive and I felt really guilty about that initially but it really is only the fortunate few who can go there and every single hour of overtime which I'd did for the previous 18 months to pay for it was money and time well spent. From the booking of the trip to the staff who ran the trip-I could not speak highly enough of my experience.

review 17 Feb 2013

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

South Georgia is an amazing place. The beaches were packed with tens of thousands of penguins and they weren't afraid to come right up to us. The scenery in Antarctica is beautiful. There were so many highlights - penguin chicks, baby fur seals, spectacular icebergs, stunning scenery, whale watching, a polar plunge, and so much more!

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

Don't forget to pack sunscreen and take twice as many SD cards as you think you will need!

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

The vacation definitely raises environmental awareness through a series of informative presentations about wildlife, conservation and global warming. The expedition staff were experts in all areas and advised how to reduce the environmental impact via methods such as decontamination of boots, kit etc between shore visits.

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

Fantastic - it's more than a vacation and is so different to anything else I have ever done. Book it now!

review 24 Apr 2012

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

The location......How could anyone not enjoy Antarctica? Every part of the vacation was memorable including animals, birds, scenery, the ship, fellow travelers and expedition team.

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

To choose a small expedition ship, it's much more fun.

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

Before visiting the Antarctic everyone receives a guidance for visitors leaflet, which should be followed to the letter. Antarctica must be kept pristine as, I am sure, all who have visited this wonderful continent will agree.

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

Every single day was another adventure.

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