A Trip to Antarctica: Midnatsol Cruise Review by Dick B

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A Trip to Antarctica

Sail Date: February 2017
Destination: Antarctica
Embarkation: Punta Arenas
A trip to Antarctica

If you are looking for a 4000-passenger pleasure boat cruise that has floor shows every night, a casino, midnight buffet, and bus trips off the pier at ports of call then DO NOT TAKE THIS CRUISE. This cruise is an exploration and adventure like no other… to a part of the world seldom visited.

Our trip to the southernmost Antarctic locations was aboard the Midnatsol, a Norwegian ship well suited to cruising fjords and locations where there are icebergs. The cruise line is Hurtigruten. These Norwegians do a great job!

We flew from the USA to Santiago Chile and stayed at the Sheraton Hotel on Santa Maria St. (That’s another story not worth mentioning here). The next day, we were bused to the airport and flew by chartered air to Punta Arenas where we boarded the ship. There was a three hour bus tour of the Punta Arenas city that kept the ship from having a deluge of 400 passengers all at once.

We set sail and headed More for the Drake Passage, a 500-mile-wide channel of ocean famous for its rough weather. We tried to make a landing at Cape Horn but were not successful. Take motion sickness pills. We had 40 foot seas and 70 knot winds. This qualified as a hurricane. We have a certificate from the ship to prove it. I never felt unsafe but stayed off the open decks. The Drake passage does not take long and soon you will be on the Antarctica Peninsula.

Each day we made forays onto landing sites transported ashore on Zodiaks which dropped us right on the beach. There are no piers at the locations we visited. The ship provides boots suitable for making wet landings. Everyone gets a complimentary parka. Each day we went cruising on the Zodiaks to see whales, seals, etc. The wildlife defies description. Mary had a young Gentoo penguin try to eat the zipper on her pants leg. When not out on the water or land, there are lectures about Antarctica. Note that while landings are scheduled, it is notalways possible due to weather conditions. The on-board experts (more like a university faculty; they all have PhDs) give lectures on cogent topics.

Dining is first class. If you like fish, you’ll be in heaven. There are other choices as well. The ship has saunas and hot tubs. Internet service was relatively inexpensive, reliable, quite fast and available about 95% of the time.

So, if you want a vacation like no other, go to Antarctica. Less

Published 03/17/17
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Cabin review: Standard763

Comfortable bunks Clean Toilet always worked Shower always had hot water Plenty of storage space

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