Arrive in Ushuaia after an overnight stay in Buenos Aires. 13 hour flight from London then a 4 hour job from Buenos Aires. Board mid afternoon and sail an hour later.
Bremen is a great little expedition vessel with 4*+ luxury. 170 passengers or so, mainly German but this voyage had 22 Noble Caledonia booked Englanders ! And we were put into our own group for everything so we all got to know each other very well. Ages ranged from mid 50s to mid 70s but all active and relatively fit - which you need to be for a holiday like this.
Next day at sea saw us equipped with boots and parkas. Then it was 2 days in the Falklands, 3 days at South Georgia and 6 days in the antarctic peninsula. Landings all by zodiacs, all wet except Port Stanley.
Saw all the different penguins and seals. Also humpbacks, orcas, fin and minke whales. If you are into birds then you would be in heaven.
Cabin, food and services on board better than Cunard. Lectures given in German More
then in English so we didn't miss out on anything. Dining is casual, we were told Hanseatic, their 5* vessel, was more formal.
Weather not bad. Mainly overcast and we got caught in a blizzard in Sth Georgia which was interesting. Drake Passage crossings were a bit lumpy but not bad at all.
Days were quite tiring. Often 3 landings a day which was great but we were all a bit knackered by the end. But I think we all would have loved the trip to last longer.
Anyone looking for an antarctic experience should check out these holidays. A tad more expensive but worth it. A proper antarctic experience. Less