3 independent reviews for Antarctica cruise, with diving & climbing options

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review 3 Dec 2013

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

Everything: ice climbing, sea kayaking, ...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

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

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

GREAT!!!!!!! :-)

review 14 Jan 2008

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

The very first Antarctic landing was a photographer's feast that was totally mindblowing at such an early stage of the trip. Seeing whales breaching was also breath-taking mainly due to the sheer size of them. The zodiac tour through the icebergs gave an extraordinary perspective of the weird ice shapes and this was a totally unexpected part of the itinerary.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take enough memory cards - definitely use digital camera rather than SLR - otherwise you will be paying for the photo printing for the next 30 years. Put handwarmers in your boots for the zodiac tour - cold temperature of the water transfers through the aluminium bottom of the zodiac. Do not go on a ship with more than 80 passengers since you will only end up getting half the holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Local people not relevant and apart from a few people on our ship most seemed to respect the environment and wildlife. There was certainly a clear emphasis on minimising the impacts, which I totally agree with.

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

Absolutely amazing.

review 17 Apr 2008

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

The most memorable part of visiting Antarctica has to be (as part of the diving contingent) diving with Leopard Seals on two occasions.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Certainly take time out to see some of the places en-route, whether it is Buenos Aries, Ushuaia and the surrounding areas. It takes a long time to get there so make the most of it. Also, domestic Argentinean airlines do not cater for vegetarians so either eat well just before the flight or bring a packed lunch or picnic. It also helps if you have some knowledge of the language.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Certainly the local people benefited if in the tourist industry (catering, souvenirs, accommodation etc). Small groups do keep impact to a minimum on the environment.

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

I found that it is difficult to describe Antarctica to someone who has not been there, and the usual adjectives (and additional ones) fail to create the impression invoked. It is one thing to walk on a remote, desolate place and have an idea of what early explorers felt and then to dive with leopard seals is something else - there is no other frame of reference that can be compared. The journey to Antarctica is not easily conveyed to someone who has not done it with the usual prejudices of it being too cold, too, isolated, lacklustre etc - It is a journey that can only be appreciated by being experienced. It is going to be hard to excel on this one.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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