I always want to go beyond the limits... and this voyage took me further south than 70° latitude, right down to the Antarctic ice fields. An unforgettable experience. Like the entire trip, with quite a few landings on our way up along the Antarctic peninsula to finally reach the Falkland islands before getting back to Punta Arenas.
It was quite impressive to see all the different wildlife during this trip, from wales, seals, penguins to lots of different species of birds. On our way we also landed on Stonington Island to visit the historic sites of the former American and British stations on the Antarctic, which both have been abandoned more than 50 years ago. On our way back, we also stopped at Vernadsky Research Base, a Ukrainian Antarctic Station located at Marina Point on Galindez Island of Argentine Islands. A visit of the station and its facilities gave an insight of how these people live and work.
And finally the drake passage made me realize how rough and challenging the sea can be when Atlantic and Pacific ocean meet around the cape.
The cruise ship itself is designed and built according to the state of the art, incorporating a hybrid engine
combined with the latest propeller technology.
It started its operations mid of 2019 and thus is in absolut best shape.
The service staff, whether engaged in housekeeping or treating the guests at the 3 different restaurants, was an absolut delight. Friendly, efficient and always with a smile on their faces, they made this voyage a pleasant experience.
Talking about the restaurants on board, I encountered a bit of a problem: before going on this trip I promised to myself to keep an eye on the diet. No chance. Not in the least. And that was not because I'm not disciplined enough, the food display was just too appealing and made it impossible for me to resist. Fortunately, there's a gym on board of the Roald Amundsen, which gave me the opportunity to work off some pounds.
But what would this trip have been without the exhibition team that was accompanying the cruise guests at all landings on the Antarctic and Falkland islands. But also when on board of the vessel, they expedition team was present all the time with briefings, workshops and presentations on a lot of different subjects, be it about the animal life of the visited regions, or the scientific view on glaciers and icebergs, the history of the Antarctic and its explorers, and many other subjects.
As weather conditions can change rapidly in the Antarctic peninsula, the crew and exhibition team at some points had to change plans. They were always well-prepared to do so and made adjustments for the guest go very smooth and with no stress at all. Thanks to a wonderful crew and team!
Spacious and with all amenities you would find in a 5* hotel