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MS Roald Amundsen Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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70.18 Degrees South

MS Roald Amundsen Cruise Review by Brisbane based Kiwi

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: Antarctica

Initially this cruise offered, Chilean fjords, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands, and various disembarkation points down the Antarctic peninsula. What we got was all the above plus crossing the circle and seeing the pack ice at 70 deg Sth with associated landings and a chance for a solar plunge below the Antarctic circle. I found all ship amenities great with all meals of a very high standard. One of the highlights was the crew; from the Captain down they were very approachable, always had the time to talk, enjoyed a joke, provided excellent service and were extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields. As this was an "expedition" cruise there was minimal entertainment unlike what you would expect otherwise - most entertainment consisted of lectures given by the expedition personnel, experts in their fields which I found to be very informative and prepared you for the shore excursions.

I have two steel knees and a partly fused back; I participated in all activities ashore and accomplished all bar one, the climb to the top of the hill on Westpoint Is, W Falklands - 50knot + winds was the cause. The "tea and biscuits" provided on the Falkland Islands was exceptional and was a great wind down after the walks - well done to all those involved.

I was travelling solo so did not spend much time in the cabin, sea view only, couldn't afford the upgrade to balcony, however the bed was extremely comfortable, the ensuite with heated floor was great, the only drawback was the desk did not have a specific light so was a little dark - only wrote 3 postcards so not a huge problem.

Excursions: What can I say - stupendous, magical, awesome and any other adjectives along these lines. I cannot express the wonder, the pristine beauty or the sheer spectacle of it all - it really does need to be experienced in person. The excursions included island and continental landings, visiting Ukraine research facility, zodiac trips, kayaking trips (not attempted due to inflexibility of knees) wildlife spotting (more plentiful around Christmas) and talking to the locals.

To summarise, how good was it - brilliant; would I do it again - in a heartbeat. Would I do the polar plunge again - NO WAY, not that stupid.


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