6 independent reviews for Antarctica expedition cruise

Reviews for Antarctica expedition cruise

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review 26 Nov 2017

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

Getting to see my seventh continent was truly amazing, as well as lots of close up encounters with penguins!! The MS Expedition is also a fabulous boat with amazing crew and expedition staff.

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

Make sure you get any laundry done before you board the boat as its quite expensive on board.

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

Although the cruise goes to an isolated area, every effort was made to ensure there was very minimal impact on the environment.

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

It was amazing!

review 18 Mar 2017

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

All of the activities were amazing but sleeping out under the stars was a real highlight.

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

Take lots of layers! (Though it wasn't as cold as I expected.) And remember seasickness tablets, even in calm waters they're a good idea!

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

The cruise operator is signed up to IAATO.

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

Outstanding 10/10

review 5 Feb 2017

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

Landing on the Antarctic peninsula - our seventh continent!

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

Be prepared for rough seas but it is all so worth it!

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

As there are no local people in Antarctica this was difficult but we did take great care to protect this amazing environment.

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

Definitely ten out of ten! Wonderfully organised! An amazing experience! We learnt so much!

review 6 Dec 2016

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

The whole trip to Antarctica on the Plancius Basecamp Expedition was incredible! While difficult to pick one favorite moment, two do stand out: First, we were unable to make it to Lackroy Post Office due to high amounts of sea ice (which was pretty cool to experience) so we changed plans and on our journey a pack of Killer Whales came swimming around the boat hunting seals! It was amazing, and an experience we would not have had if we would have made it to the post office. The second was sea kayaking around Danco Island. The water was still, there were iceberg all over the place which we paddled through, and penguins were jumping out of the water all around us. The landscape was stunning, and I will never forget this activity.

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

Participate in every activity, including the Polar Plunge! You do not need to pack as much clothes as you think you do. With proper gear you will be comfortable at all times... this goes for all trips : ) Bring proper technical boots that you can attach crampons to if you want to go ice climbing. Don't buy the internet on the ship; rather, enjoy time making friends, eating great food, and enjoying being in Antarctica!

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

Yes, without question. One of the expedition leaders was from Ushuaia, the city benefits much from the increased tourism, and during the entire trip we were educated on the importance on leaving a limited impact on Antarctica during our trip there. The expedition team was very passionate about respecting the environmental rules and regulations during the trip, and our impact was low.

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

This was the best trip of my life. I would go back in a heartbeat.

review 16 Feb 2016

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

Landing on Elephant Island and standing on the exact spot from where Shackleton launched the James Caird.

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

1. Before you leave do your homework and learn as much about the history and wildlife of this area as you can. 2. Make sure you take a spare camera. My husband dropped and broke his on Day 1 of this 19 day cruise.

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

Yes. The South Georgia Heritage Trust (South Georgia Habitat Restoration)benefited directly from passenger donations and fund raising efforts. Oceanwide Expeditions is full member of IAATO and AECO organisations dedicated to managing respectable environmentally friendly travel to the Antarctic.

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

Simply perfect. Organised by the vacation provider, our travel arrangements - flights, transfers and hotels - worked like clockwork. The expedition leaders were very experienced and knowledgeable and the hotel staff on board Plancius were fantastic.

review 30 Nov 2014

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

Kayaking around icebergs in Antarctica

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

Allow time for stopovers when traveling from UK

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

Absolutely

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

Excellent

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