Excellent expedition with exceptional service: Sea Adventurer Cruise Review by Big Eddie
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Excellent expedition with exceptional service
From the initial embarkation we were made to feel very welcome and part of the ship community - lotts of smiling happy faces and attentive crew and service staff. After boarding we were straight into a evacuation exercise that made us feel more at ease as we were in the hands of professionals.
Throughout the voyage on the Drake Passage every endeavour was made to ensure it was as smooth as could be, even waiting a few hrs in the night, at the end of the Beagle Channel for some rough weather to pass before continuing.
All our food and drink requirements were met at meal times and a good selection was always presented. Our service stafff in the lounge were extreme friendly and attentive and after a couple of days knew each of us More by name and how we liked our coffee or juice and always served us with a smile and banter.
Once in the Antartic peninsula - we made it inside the Antartic Circle - we boarded Zodiacs with help from the ships crew and made 2 landings each day at various points. The zodiac crews were amazing and very informative, often giving us insights of the wildlife, landscapes and iceberg formations.
Over the trip we observed many species wildlife form of huge variety of birds, Adelle, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, Crab Eater seals, Fur seals, an elephant seal, Minke whales and many many humpback whales which was phenomenal!
We disembarked in many locations along the peninsula including Port Leroy where there is a post office and care was taken not to overload it with a swarm of visitors all at once, so while some passengers went zodiacing others landed until all had made a visit. Deception Island was also a highlight and another world experience as we were actually sailed into the caldera of an ancient volcano - albeit still active. The shore was home to many fur seals and penguins and together with the wreckage of an old whaling station made for an epic backdrop and landscape.
In the evenings the crew presented many talks about the wildlife, icebergs and exploration history not only of Antartica but also of Ushuaia, there were relevant movies and we began a series of "Drake Talks" whereby passengers were invited to give a talk about anything - which was a lot of fun.
In the end the passengers and crew developed a strong bond and it was somewhat sad in disembarking in Ushuaia.
Though the ship was a little tired and in need of some renovation which it is undertaking in the coming months, overall it was a very exciting and once in a life time experience - if I was to return it would be with this ship the "Sea Adventurer" soon to be the "Ocean Adventure" and hopefully the same crew - thanks again guys for the experience and your attentiveness and friendship - you all are a credit to Quark.
Cabin review: 3 bed share203
One criticism please remove the light directly above the bed head - I kept banging my head!
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