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Richard W
3 contributions
Thrilling and Just What Was Promised
Sep 2019
(January 2018 trip) Well I loved it. Yes, as one commentator said the sip rolls a lot--we hit a hell of a storm in the Drake Passage and got knocked sideways, but there was never any danger of sinking. And once in the lee of the Peninsula things really do calm down. You definitely have to watch your hands around the doors and should have a good grip on any railing, but consider where you are. This is genuinely wild Earth, and we are guests. If you want a gentler experience, go on a big ship (you won't get to land) or stay in a resort. We had people from 8 to 78 and everyone had a good time (though the little girl would have liked other kids to play with). The guides were superb, and the Zodiac trips outstanding. One afternoon just going around icebergs was beyond belief. The crew was competent and friendly, and visiting the bridge almost any time really a pleasure. Take a power safety strip though, the sockets are limited, and get enough sleep; it's too easy to stay up and party.
Written 12 August 2020
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Ann-Marie A
Longridge, UK115 contributions
Peninsula of Antarctica Showstopping!
Feb 2020 • Couples
We travelled with Polar Latitudes to Antarctica over 13 nights and stopped at so many islands and the mainland. The Hebridean Sky ship was more than equipped to cater for the weather and the needs of passengers. Food was like fine dining every night and a massive selection for breakfast and lunch like a 5 star hotel.
You go on excursions every day , we kayaked , camped and did the polar plunge.
The wildlife and things seen were like being on a BBC documentary!
We stopped at penguin post office! Goggle it.
Breathtaking , extraordinary and emotional that’s the words needed to try and explain.
Written 1 March 2020
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Bixby, OK110 contributions
Best way there
Dec 2019 • Friends
We flew on a twin otter from Union Glacier via Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE). The experience was beyond words. It is pricey but worth every cost. The weather was perfect that day (-24 C and light winds). Wear the right clothing and be sure to have a glove that works with a mobile phone if you plan to use it for pictures. You won’t want to use bare fingers for this, lol. Highly recommended.
Written 31 December 2019
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John H
Adelaide66 contributions
Not quite there, but ...
Nov 2019
Heading down the Chilean coast, through the archipelagos and on to the Patagonian fjords - the travel getting to Antarctica is brilliant. In fact, I highly recommend taking time to approach from the north and experience the volcanos and inlets, swells and calms of the trip south. Antarctica is before us, but the getting there is pretty good! We are doing a 5 week trip - two back-to-back cruises.
Written 23 November 2019
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Coopersburg, PA56 contributions
Antarctica! Check...
Dec 2018 • Couples
The experience in Antarctica was amazing! The trip from South America was the Drake Shake (not lake). Once in Antarctica it was breathtaking! There are no words that can describe this experience.
Written 30 May 2019
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Adelaide, Australia439 contributions
One in a Lifetime Experience - TWICE!
Mar 2019 • Couples
My daughter and I returned to Antarctica after three years to run the Antarctica Marathon on King George Island. It didn’t matter that I came almost last because I achieved my goal to finish. Suzanne set out to improve her previous Antarctica Marathon time which she did comfortably while winning the marathon at the same time. “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!”

Our ship took us to various landings around Antarctica Peninsula where we encountered many penguins, whales and other wildlife while once again enjoying the magnificent and unique scenery dominated by ice and snow. This is really a once in a lifetime experience but we’ve now been privileged to see Antarctica together twice.
Written 31 March 2019
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Lynne H
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK196 contributions
Cruise on Island Sky to Antarctica Peninsula
Mar 2019 • Couples
Island Sky ship Antartica whale Science Expedition

We stayed in Cabin 339 on the 3rd deck, which we found convenient. The restaurant being down one floor and the bar, one floor up. The main lounge / muster / lecture room was on our floor. We tended to use the bar at lunch time. Apart from selling drinks, the Bar had a complementary machine available all day, for making your own hot drink. At lunch time, you could get a lite lunch here, if you didn’t want a heavier meal in the restaurant.

All cabins have en-suite and are stylishly fitted out. Windows vary in size. Ours was OK. We thought this 3rd floor would have less movement in bad weather. Although it wasn’t really put to the test as our weather was good for Antarctica.

Entering the cabin, the en suite was on the right. It contained a toilet, corner shower with glass doors, shampoo and shower dispensers and a bottle of hair conditioner. The shower was easy to use. Temperature control on the right of the bar and water pressure on the left of the bar, turn knob away from you, to switch on and increase pressure. There was also a hand rail in case of bumpy weather.
The vanity unit housed a wash hand basin with soap dispenser, a bottle of moisturiser ( cabin air very dry) soaps, facecloths and little vanity kits with nail file and other oddments. The towels were good quality.

Opposite the on suite door was a large fitted, 3 door wardrobe with about 40 hangers as well as a pack of 4 drawers. Bath robes and slippers were provided. Loads of room to store all our clothes !
Our large suite was divided into a sitting area and bedroom area. Which could be separated by attractive full length curtains, if required.
The sitting area had a sofa which could probably be used as a third bed. There was a coffee table, but no ‘in room’ coffee making facilities. Free hot drinks were available in the bar.
A large attractive unit, with built in TV showing the schedule for that day.
Below the TV was a fixed electric socket box with 3 thin pin plugs and 4 USB charging sockets for phones, iPads etc. The electric sockets were for South America and NOT UK or North America. We borrowed an adapter from reception.
There was plenty of storage room in the unit. Housing a Safe, as well as a small fridge, containing soft drinks ( to be paid for)

The cabin was potentially too warm, controlled by a simple control on the wall. The combined temperature and dry atmosphere allowed outer waterproof garments that got wet during the morning zodiac wet landing, to be dry in time for the afternoon outing. It also had a drying affect on my eyes and skin, so I was constantly using the provided moisturiser. There was a short line in the shower that we used for drying socks and other small items. There was a laundry service, but we didn’t use it.

The bedroom area housed 2 very comfortable single beds, bedside tables with lamps and telephone. The large dressing table doubled up as a desk, with mirrors and strip lights, plus 6 drawers and two large cupboard. There was a stool to sit on.

At the other end of deck 3 was the large main lounge / lecture theatre. Conveniently, one floor down for restaurant, one floor up for Bar, where ‘lite’ lunch was served as well as free, all day hot drinks and biscuits. Lunch in the Bar was generally tasty soup with selection of breads and cold fillings to have as either cold sandwich or toasted sandwich. There was usually a choice of 2 deserts.

In the restaurant, there was a good choice of self service meals. Breakfast and lunch had a good selection of cold buffet and hot food. With a separate station with chef, cooking eggs/ omelette etc at breakfast with selection of toppings and stir fry type meals in the evening.
The evening meal was waiter served. Usually 4 courses attractively presented. From 3 starters, 2 soups, 3 main meals and 3 desserts, along with either fresh fruit, ice cream or cheese board. The individual portions weren’t large, but over all, the meal was very filling.

Because it was a Whale/ Wildlife expedition, there was lots of interesting lectures from experts, when we weren’t landing or having zodiac cruises. All the ‘hotel’ and expedition staff were friendly and helpful. We always had help getting on and off the zodiacs.

We had a whole team of scientists from Woods Hole oceanographic Institute on board for the trip. They were doing the tagging as well as taking measurements of the krill population.
The first tagging we watched from the ship, at a long distance away. The tag has 4 rubber cups on it and this attached at the end of a VERY long pole. They got the tag in place, but it immediately fell off. They are designed to stay on for a maximum of 3 hrs.
The 2nd a third days they went off on their own because of the difficulty in doing it and managed to tag 4 humpback whales.
There was a film team from the BBC recording the action. They are planning on including the footage in their next Blue Planet live to be shown on the UK TV in the next week or so. Fingers crossed. They did show us a bit of their unedited clip, which was great.
The was Citizen Science participation in other aspects of their research. Some involved taking water samples for analysis. I usually joined the ‘bird spotters’ for our 15 min bird count survey. All good fun.
One on the guest speakers cum guide, was Falcon Scott, the grandson of ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ and son of Peter Scot famous UK naturalist, who founded the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, Falcon is an unassuming gentleman, who is of couse a naturalist and talented wildlife artist. He gave us a very interesting talk about his grandfathers polar expeditions. It was very moving that his grandfather died just 11 miles away from help. He was however helping to pull a sledge carrying very heavy, rock fossils, that proved the continental drift theory, because they were of plants and animals from the americas.
It was a super holiday. If I can afford it, I would certainly go with them again.
Written 21 March 2019
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Eric K
Babb, MT20 contributions
Amazing, simply AMAZING!
Apr 2018 • Solo
The actual South Pole is a science station managed by USA. It does not have much for support for anyone skiing, walking/hiking in. I worked at MCM, for several summers, and managed to get a flight down to the pole.
Written 13 March 2019
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Debra G
Coos Bay, OR313 contributions
Antarctica Cruise - WOW
Feb 2019 • Friends
I took an Antarctica and South Georgia 16 day cruise with Quark. No - I did not go to the official South Pole and we were just short of the Antarctic circle. But we got a great 3 day exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and I was able to get on firm ground with the Antarctic flag flying. Lots of whales, penguins,and fabulous icebergs the size of large cities. Great weather in February. I was even able to sea kayak - a fabulous experience. Yes it is a bit expensive but gather up your pennies, dollars, etc and just go.
Written 1 March 2019
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Carol C
Orlando, FL34 contributions
Just a pole in the snow
Dec 2018 • Solo
Antarctica is wonderful with penguins and ice caves and vistas impossible to describe. Visiting the actual south pole fills you with a sense of achievement that is hard to beat. On the other hand, it is simply a pole stuck in the snow, in a large flat plain of snow, with a few buildings we were not allowed to enter. The awesomeness is all in the knowledge that you are at the end of the earth. There is very little to see right there.
Written 13 February 2019
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