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Sail Date: February 2019
We got on this cruise initially because it fitted into our schedule and offered all the attractions. How lucky were we! We had an adventure that you dream about. The ship, the crew, the expedition staff and the organisation were all ... Read More
We got on this cruise initially because it fitted into our schedule and offered all the attractions. How lucky were we! We had an adventure that you dream about. The ship, the crew, the expedition staff and the organisation were all nothing short of excellent. Leaving from Ushuaia the day after our arrival gave us the chance to have a trip to the National Park as well as a look around this little town at the end of the world. Very pretty with plenty of restaurants to eat the local crab delicacy as well as shops for the last minute gear. The cabin was quite roomy with the en-suite bathroom more than adequate for the two of us. Stewards saw to our every need while the food was varied, very tasty and in no short supply. Two expeditions per day was the plan and we made it every day and there were usually options to do Zodiac explorations before landing. Abundant wildlife and stunning scenery was just an everyday event! The expedition Staff were all highly qualified and experienced giving presentations on history, wildlife, geography etc each day we were at sea, Always interesting and informative with no question going unanswered. Very strong health and safety instruction and practice made for a safe holiday especially when zodiac landings were on the agenda. I have no hesitation in recommending this cruise/ship to anyone. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We booked this holiday to celebrate my 40th Birthday even though we booked well over a year in advance we only just got in as all the best ships sell out incredibly quickly. embarking / disembarking was a doddle so quick and organised ... Read More
We booked this holiday to celebrate my 40th Birthday even though we booked well over a year in advance we only just got in as all the best ships sell out incredibly quickly. embarking / disembarking was a doddle so quick and organised your cases were waiting at your room or on the dock when you left a quick photo on the way in and you're accounted for with your ID for the trip. This truly was a holiday of a life time Alex and his staff / experts on board were amazing incredible backgrounds including having a professional photographers on board to help and take photos of the 10 days. The experts are so approachable and they loved sharing such a special place with us. Making sure we spotted all wildlife, birds etc and they were experts on the history of Antarctica they remind you of all the bad things people have done out there to make sure they don't happen again! The captain was brilliant even taking us to a place no tourist ship had visited before a place called Adey cove - named after the lady on board who organised everything to do with the ship and it's adventures. Every day just got better and better. The food was amazing great choice EVERYONE was catered for Veggies, Vegans, gluten free at every sitting. Being a veggie I worried about what I would eat and there was better choice than most restaurants at home! It felt like they were constantly feeding you! The cabin was way bigger than expected we had a twin on the 3rd level. The zodiac cruises / land drop offs were all military precision everything was so well organised they maximised the time spent off the ship getting 2 stops a day apart from the last day when they dropped anchor to go ashore but the ship carried on due to high winds! You are only allowed 100 people onshore at any time this was NEVER an issue with G adventures as you would have time on land then have a zodiac cruise so you got both at each location so everyone was happy! They offered a hike up a mountain, a glacier hike amongst other items. There was kayaking available but we were too late in the year for camping. We had the Drake Lake going out made fantastic time the captain keeping the sailing as gentle as possible but experienced a bit of the Drake shake on the way back never feeling unsafe on our ship. The doctor on board made sure everyone travelled comfortably. We barely had any time in our cabin or any time to use the gym or library, there were constantly lectures about wildlife, history, photography, environmental concerns very interesting and well led with big screens all around the room. We made the most of the experience and attended all of them - you can sleep when you get home..... They had great drinks with fair prices $6 for beer $8 for cocktails other than happy hour and around $20 for wind but not bad really. There was as much tea / coffee / hot chocolate etc as you could drink available 24 hours. The captain was brilliant even taking us to a place no tourist ship had visited before a place called Adey cove - named after the lady on board who organised everything to do with the ship and it's adventures. The wildlife was out of this world constant call outs when there was something to be seen although in the time you weren't in lectures it paid to stay out on deck. We saw fin, minke and Humpback whales, (13 together at one point) crab eater, weddell and leopard seals. 3 types of penguins I could watch them for hours and really didn't want to come home! If you want to get close and personal with the penguins go in March as they are very curious and come up to you if you sit quietly. We saw leopard seals feeding (sad but you had to watch in a horrible way) We saw Albatrosses all the time and huge petrels What I loved about the ship was how eco they were no plastic on board. outdoor clothing was hoovered before you started expeditions to avoid contamination. They are working on projects to prevent albatross deaths and sending research data to scientists who work to help protect the oceans. They work with Nasa to help them see what the climate is like. They encourage everyone to send whale and seal photos to people who are monitoring them there to see if they recognise them to plot patterns and protect them. They even collected a journalist from a Greenpeace ship who needed to go home quickly and he gave his presentation to us on the krill fishing and how bad it is for Antarctica. They made you aware of how bad plastic, fish farms etc are for the environment they do so much to help improve things for the wildlife out there. It was a fantastic experience getting involved in these knowing you were making a difference. They had documentaries on in the evening and live music in the bar. The scenery was unreal fantastic sunsets, blizzards, bright sunshine every condition everything so photographic! We saw the milky way one night the skies were so clear at times you never realised there were so many stars! They had a fancy dress night and an auction night to raise money for the charity. G-Adventures are a not for profit organisation so you are supporting Antarctica in a big way booking with them. We will be going to the Arctic in the future and will make sure it is with this ship everything was perfect! Thank you so much for an adventure of a lifetime! Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My travel agent recommended gadventures and I picked the date to suit me. So we wound up travelling on the MSExpedition's Antartica Classic. Two words sum up the trip Pleasantness and Effeciency. I have never been on a cruise before ... Read More
My travel agent recommended gadventures and I picked the date to suit me. So we wound up travelling on the MSExpedition's Antartica Classic. Two words sum up the trip Pleasantness and Effeciency. I have never been on a cruise before and I found tha 130 passengers was a perfect number of people to mix with. From the captain down all members of crew that we met were pleasant and helpful. Those that looked after the daily activities of the passengers were exceptional. A multitalented group of men and women they constantly kept us informed on the ships position and travel plans, gave talks on all things Antartic, organised our trips ashore physically assisting everyone onto and off the Ribs which were driven by them and Kayaks which they guided, organised where we could/could not go while on shore, organised and took part in Captains evenings and fancy dress event. Wildlife was plentiful with penguin colonies plentiful on nearly all landings. Seal siting was regular mostly Crabeating and there were many sitings of Humpback whales. There were many assorted birds seen. We visited three Bases two Argentinian and one British, Port Lochroy the most Southerly post office in the world. The cabin was comfortable and well serviced, food was good and plentiful with lounge and bar areas comfortable. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Chosen specifically for the opportunity of seeing polar bears which was successful many times over.The ship and crew together with the guides were all first class and all our needs were well taken care of especially the safety aspects ... Read More
Chosen specifically for the opportunity of seeing polar bears which was successful many times over.The ship and crew together with the guides were all first class and all our needs were well taken care of especially the safety aspects which couldn't be faulted.the pre-cruise arrangements were also very well arranged including transportation,hotel,staff to advise on the exact arrangements for boarding the ship etc.Each days activities were specified during the evening review which included the proposed sailing routes etc. which obviously were subject to sea/weather conditions.The conditions included the range of the ice shelf which at the time we went had receded quite a way which meant we travelled further north than the ship had ever been due to the skill of the captain and crew.In fact at one point we were less than 500 miles from the North Pole.Each guide was an aspect in their own subject and questions were answered in a very informative way.Would be happy to repeat this adventure. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We always wanted to go to Antarctica. One has to be old enough to afford and young enough to do it. It was our time. After much research we decided on the Spirit of Shackleton with G adventures. The staff , crew were all exceptional. ... Read More
We always wanted to go to Antarctica. One has to be old enough to afford and young enough to do it. It was our time. After much research we decided on the Spirit of Shackleton with G adventures. The staff , crew were all exceptional. Jonathan Greene our expedition leader made sure we were safe and all lectures and naturalists were amazing. I would highly recommend. We visited the Falkland Island, S Georgia island, the Antarctic peninsula, Shakletons grave and had a toast. The albatross were stupendous as well as whales, multiple species of penguins, terns, and seals. It was a lot of work but so worth while. The food and food staff were outstanding. The ship had new engines and the captain most adept at getting through the ice. There was a bar and entertainment which we frequented with an excellent musician and music. If considering Antarctica definitely consider G Adventures. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
I have not been on a cruise in 20 years so this was a trip of a lifetime for my multigenerational family. We did spend one night in Equador, at the Hotel Colon, prior to our last flight to the islands. It took 1.5 days of travel to get ... Read More
I have not been on a cruise in 20 years so this was a trip of a lifetime for my multigenerational family. We did spend one night in Equador, at the Hotel Colon, prior to our last flight to the islands. It took 1.5 days of travel to get there with lunch and an excursion to an island scheduled for the same day. Unfortunately, 25 of us lost our luggage via American airlines errors, and the sweet people of Lindblad/ Nat. Geo took us to a town to buy some clothing. I mention this because we have a story about not finding much available in Mucho Grande Pantaloons size. The Ecuadorians are a much smaller people than Americans. A size 12 to 14 is a mucho grande. The hotel manager did everything he could to supply us with essentials including laundry for our paultry supplies. They were such gracious people. Although the ship may be small compared to the super cruise liners it was comfortable and charming. We became a small family of explorers. My grandaughters and I had a two room cabin that was nicely size (300.) My daughter and SIL had a much smaller room for 2 (206) Gifts were left in the bathroom for us to use during the trip including a reusable water bottle, loofah etc. Of course the chocolates left on our bed were a nice treat left after beds were set for nite time. There were multiple shore excursions and choice of visits to see the local economy or a school. We chose to visit the school. I wish I had known enough to bring some old children s book and or supplies to the school since anything brought into the country has a high tax rate. Most of the children were learning English as a second language. We were pleased with the food. There were no rich sauces but an array of fresh local vegetables and fruits. All the fish was great and simply cooked. Chicken and fish was also served. Breakfast was a standard buffet. A soup was served with lunch and dinner. We had educational activities several times a day, all were very good and well received. There were special activities for the children including going our on a Zodiac and "learning" how to drive one. Being 70, I thought I'd have trouble getting in and out of the Zodiacs but they are professionals and knew how to assist all of us. They planned an assortments of high and low physical activities every outing. My family learned to snorkel and loved it. I would recommend purchasing an underwater camera. Natural Geographic hooked me up with a photographer who made a recommendation for us. The photos are great memories. Short wet suits were provided since the water can be quite cool due to the Humbolt current from Antarctica. We viewed an assortment of islands, islets and rocks with different flora and fauna. They high points were the wild giant tortoises, penguins and blue footed boobies. Disembarkation was without incident. Getting home was difficult and took 3 days due to American Airlines fouling up. The lovely people from Lindblad and National Geographic stayed with us, getting information, rooms and meals for us. They were wonderful. I can recommend this cruise for those that want adventure, safe travel, well educated multilingual staff and naturalists and wonderful memories. This is not for those that want glamour, dancing, and eating heavy french food. Read Less
34 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
I note there are very few reviews of the Arctic cruises and can't see any of this ship for this itinerary here so hope this might be helpful to someone: We spent 7 nights on the MS Expedition (G adventures ship) and one night in ... Read More
I note there are very few reviews of the Arctic cruises and can't see any of this ship for this itinerary here so hope this might be helpful to someone: We spent 7 nights on the MS Expedition (G adventures ship) and one night in Longyearbyen - all booked through Explore. The ship: We loved the Expedition, it was comfortable with loads of communal space (bar, library, lounge, big observation decks) and our twin cabin was larger than we expected. The mud room for storage of outdoor stuff definitely made 'suiting up' quicker and easier, and we were given muck boots and a parka - the parka we got to keep - saving plenty of luggage space on the way over at least. The food also exceeded expectations - yes there was plenty of stodge and multiple crumbles with custard (not complaining!) - but also lots of choice, fresh fruit and salads, and the dinner service was amazing. The crew in general were great - from the cabin cleaners to the waiters and barmen - very hardworking and friendly. There was a lot of effort made to entertain, from deck BBQ, to a resident musician, a quiz night and themed buffets. The atmosphere was warm and it was lovely to share experiences with others aboard - although you also had plenty of space to be alone if preferred (other than dinner - communal tables). The expedition staff: Similarly we thought they were excellent - approachable and expert. Most of the lectures were well-paced and very well delivered, especially the history lectures. There were so many opportunities to chat to them and to ask questions. The expedition leader was especially impressive in handling our flights all being cancelled by fog at the end of the trip - she did her very best to sort things out (even though the airline was uncooperative) and we felt well looked after - we were not chucked off the ship and were given lunch and a promise of the night on board if we needed it. The expedition itself: This was a fantastic 'taste of Svalbard'. Our Zodiac cruises and landings were varied - from cruises amongst the ice bergs and along glacier fronts, to cruises alongside the massive bird cliffs. We landed at beaches with bird life and trappers huts, at a walrus haul-out, at the beautiful Magdalenefjord where we did our polar plunge, and also at the research station at Ny Alesund. The only thing we did not get to do much of was to have a walk when ashore - due to some fog I think the perimeters at landing sites did not allow more than a ten minute walk in any direction. Pretty minor disappointment given all the things we did get to do - like standing on an ice floe, polar plunging, and watching walrus 10 feet from us for half an hour! The wildlife: we saw a mother bear and cub, lots of walrus on the beach and at sea, very close up, birds, including puffins, whales, polar fox, reindeer and some distant seals. We were thrilled with this. Word of caution though - if what you want from the cruise is just polar bear seeking and to spend all the time looking for them amid the sea ice, this isn't how this cruise works. We were so happy with what we saw and really the wildlife was a (major) bonus to seeing this stunning archipelago, the ice, the mountains, the history etc. But I think a few were disappointed by the lack of a constant safari-style show - and perhaps marketing the trip as 'Realm of the Polar Bear' might have raised expectations with some. In summary, we'd highly recommend as a great value introduction to the Arctic, and we'd love to come back. Happy to answer any questions if helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We wanted to experience the beauty of the flora and fauna in the Galapagos. Always wanted to see a blue footed booby. The experience was unbelievable. Each day we would be at a different island. Each island had different characteristics. ... Read More
We wanted to experience the beauty of the flora and fauna in the Galapagos. Always wanted to see a blue footed booby. The experience was unbelievable. Each day we would be at a different island. Each island had different characteristics. The beauty of the animals in their own habitats was a memory I will never forget. Our guide was a biologist and had the experience of being a guide to National Geographic photographers. He guided us with patience, pride and vast amount of information regarding each living thing in the Galapagos. He spoke of how the stability of the environment in one area of the world made a difference in the Galapagos and its future. The boat and staff itself were wonderful. The gourmet level of healthy food was once of the best we ever had. I would highly recommend this ship and also the Galapagos Legend as well. The nights on the ship were quiet, serene. Their were several honeymooners on the ship and one family with children the ages about 10 years old. Mostly it was middle aged couples. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
Joined ship in Montevideo as it was moving into the Southern Ocean in October for the season with a view to arriving in Antarctic Peninsular on 1 November. Whilst not an ice breaker the MS Expedition is well suited to its roll - sails ... Read More
Joined ship in Montevideo as it was moving into the Southern Ocean in October for the season with a view to arriving in Antarctic Peninsular on 1 November. Whilst not an ice breaker the MS Expedition is well suited to its roll - sails well in all conditions. Bought a berth in a 3 berth cabin but was very lucky. Ship not full and I had the cabin to myself. Cabin was larger than you get as a double on a normal cruise ship. Food whilst a little plainer than some cruise ships was well prepared and presented. It suited the environment/type of cruise well. Besides the excellent crew there were 16 expedition staff(1 to each 7 passengers which is a much better ratio than is usual)) including the senior operations manager for G adventures who had previously led over 150 expeditions worldwide; a world authority on penguins who had spent 36 summers in the Antarctic and a renowned expert on South Georgia who had spent 18 summers and 4 winters on South Georgia and 4 winters on Antarctica. Other experts included a geologist/historian/whales. 3 stops in Falklands- Port Stanley, West Point and Saunders Island. A good start to the itinery. South Georgia for 4 days where our our landings coincided with the breeding season for elephant seals which only lasts a month. Missed 2 landings due to bad weather. Prion Island, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour Harbour were the highlights- great scenery and wildlife. Bad weather on South Shetlands precluded any landings there. It was decided to try to cruise 300 miles further south. We were almost 2 months too early to plan such an attempt. We were extremely lucky - reached Paradise Bay and landed on Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour on the mainland, and George's Point. First ship that season. Saw Antarctica at its pristine best without even footprints in the snow. The highs and lows were extreme as we were hit with hurricane force winds in South Georgia and the South Shetland Island but the ship is well suited to cope. We were,however, unbelievably lucky to get so far further south than intended.We owed everything to a brilliant captain/crew and expedition staff who got us where we never expected to be. I have been very lucky to travel extensively but nowhere, in my view, comes near to what was seen and experienced. Read Less
G Expedition Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 3.5 4.7
Entertainment 2.0 4.4
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 5.0
Enrichment 5.0 4.9
Service 4.0 5.0
Value For Money 5.0 4.9

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