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Sail Date: November 2015
Buenos Aires to The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Long distances between landings makes for a very expensive cruise for not much time on shore. The cruise part was sub-par for food and service compared to "cruise" ... Read More
Buenos Aires to The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Long distances between landings makes for a very expensive cruise for not much time on shore. The cruise part was sub-par for food and service compared to "cruise" lines. The "expedition " part really focused on very expensive extra price options such as hikes, kayaking and polar boat cruising rather than free field trips to view wildlife or historical sites led by experts as previous trips to Antarctica have been. The large group of people to manage (216) compared to smaller ships, created its own problems with trying to get everyone suited up and on shore each landing. Expedition leaders gave a lecture or two on board during the cruise and led extra price trips on shore or policed passengers to be sure no one got near wildlife. (except penguins which wandered in and out of the water nearby and were impossible to control). Landings were usually at least a mile round-trip or more from major bird colonies. (five miles in one instance). One stop in the Falklands had transportation for the old and lame which was nice. All land excursions and activities were almost outrageously overpriced as was internet service which probably shouldn't even be offered except for emergency use. Note that it is charged by the hour, not by use. Simple emails could easily take half an hour to download or send. Food pretty plain and some of the meat was low quality and some "fishy" tasting fish - absolutely unacceptable from a Norwegian outfit. Lots of raw dried meat, smoked fish, slimy sea thing starters and they must have gotten a whale of a bargain on orange sherbet which seemed to be an ice cream choice practically every day. Best thing about the ship was the 7th deck observation lounge. Great views and plenty of seats. (Could have been anchored to the floor though- several of them tipped over during rough seas dumping passengers on the floor). All in all, an acceptable ship and a good trip. I just prefer fewer people and more field-trip type interaction between passengers and experts rather than lectures and activities you can do at home. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
The Fram is a modern small ship with stabilizers.. Norwegian cruise line with experience in ice. The crew and excursion guides were excellent. South Georgia is a spectacular place and we were there for two nights and one and a half days. ... Read More
The Fram is a modern small ship with stabilizers.. Norwegian cruise line with experience in ice. The crew and excursion guides were excellent. South Georgia is a spectacular place and we were there for two nights and one and a half days. Great tour locations. We hiked the last portion of Shackleton's hike across South Georgia and it was a memorable experience. Grytviken is spectacular.... I would have liked to spend more time there. Great excursions on the Antarctic archipelago and on the continent itself.... we missed a few neat places (Elephant Island) and the Penguin Post Office because we were so early in the season.... but a beautiful cruise with experiences and organized cruise line. When you are there the environment dictates where you can go, So sometimes you just have to move on or adjust your expectations. Food was great. We loved every minute and are keen to return. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the Hurtigruten folk! Read Less
Fram Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 3.9
Dining 3.0 3.4
Entertainment 2.0 2.8
Public Rooms 3.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 2.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.8

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