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Silver Explorer Cruise Review by labrasett: Wonderful trip to Antartica

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Wonderful trip to Antartica

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Antarctica
Embarkation: Ushuaia

I feel compelled to write a review although it is now 2 1/2 years since we went on the ship. I am amazed at some of the poor reviews the ship has received. If you go on an expedition cruise on a small expedition ship you cannot expect the type of facilities you would find on a larger ship. A lack of wild life, poor weather, limited iternet access, lack of fresh food towards the end of a long trip and other equally trite complaints are outwith the control of the cruise line. Passengers need to read the information available about their trip, their ship, its facilities and what they can expect before they book. Neither Silversea nor any other cruise line can guarantee sightings of wild birds and animals. Internet access when far from the usual modes of communication is inevitably patchy. Lack of television is the same although why one would want to sit in a cabin watching TV while on an adventure ship is beyond my comprehension.

We had the most wonderful 18 day trip, the crew More were marvelous, the naturalists highly knwowledgeable, the zodiac expeditions were wonderfully organised, the lectures and evening round ups on what we had seen and what we would do the next day were first rate. The penguines, seals and birdlife were amazing. We saw whales and dolphins.

We were never bored even though we had several runs of "sea days".

The food was good to excellent, yes there was a declining offering in respect of fresh fruit and some supplies but what can you expect after two or more weeks at sea. There was a good choice at mealtimes, the wines were first rate and if the white or red being offered at any mealtime was not to your taste then the Maitre d' would offer you something you did like. Free seating at dinner meant we met a lot of people from all parts of the world sometimes sharing tables for numbers varying from 4 to 8 and only rarely seeking the seclusion of a table for 2.

We loved our trip so much we have booked to go back to sail on the Ushaia to Cape Town trip next March so we can enjoy a return to the Falklands and South Georgia and then go on to Tristan da Cunha. The prospect of this trip in the early spring is something lovely to savour and look forward to through the winter months. Less

Published 08/12/14

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