We choose this 10 nights cruise with an early December departure (06 - 16 December), so we could do some awesome snowshoeing. The snowshoes were free to use, which was a nice bonus. We found that the hikes were really good organized to be able to choose for easy or moderate snowshoe hikes. We even used the boots provided by the ship.
Penguins galore, wow, We saw all the cute waddling Gentoo penguins and even chinstrap penguins. Arriving by Zodiac on the rocky beaches, you could just sit there and take in the breathtaking scenery and silence, watching the penguins walking back and forth.
Even humpback whales, and orca we saw from the Zodiac during our Zodiac cruises and from 'our' ship Ortelius,Magnificent. Some Leopard seals here and there on ice floes.
Then the lemarie channel. We could sail right through the channel. Bluest of blue skies and huge icebergs surrounding us. Many crabeaterseals on the ice floes. We heard only the cracking of the ice, where the bow of the ship touched the ice floes. That is a morning i will never forget.
Also the ship was great. It has all the comfort that we need, small enough to remain a small passenger vessel. We felt we were the only lucky people there.
Food was excellent, easily 3 to 4 star quality and service. Enough option for vegetarians.
the bread was delicious. Every day again, fresh veggies and salads and fruits and more. Hotel service was above exceptional.
Expedition staff, they were fantastic. Nice, kind and very social and most of all, very knowledgeable about the area, history, animals and even ice.
great cabin, spacious, two single lower beds, private shower and toilet and it had two portholes. it also had a desk and chair, TV, phone and a hair dryer, shampoo and body-wash was also provided as well as towels.