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Fram Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Fantastic Antarctic trip - save money by making your own arrangements

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Mary Denis
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2014
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My husband and I were very pleased with our cruise to Antarctica aboard the Fram. The expedition staff is great and our suite (634) was spacious and comfortable.

I recommend you make your own arrangements for hotel and transportation in Buenos Aries. Hurtigruten wanted $500 per person for transportation between airports and to book a room at the Emperador Hotel for the first and last nights of our trip. I booked the hotel online myself for $125 plus taxes per night. Cabs are easy to get on your own. This saved us approximately $650. I do recommend you book at the Emperador because it's a very good hotel and Hurtigruten uses it for their hospitality base in Buenos Aries so you can talk to one of their representatives in person once you arrive.

We booked a day trip to Tierra del Fuego upon arrival to Ushuaia. I paid a bit more to book it through Hurtigruten because I didn't want to take a chance that another tour provider would not get us back in time for final boarding. The park tour was very good and well worth the time and money.

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Our suite was spacious with a large window, a very comfortable bed and plenty of storage. The seating area was comfortable and had a good view of the wall-mounted flat screen TV. Please note, the TV cannot be turned so that it can be viewed from the bed. We did not watch anything other than the chart screen that showed the ship's location so I cannot comment on the movie programming. Suites come with a complementary bottle of wine, fruit basket, and stocked mini-bar. You will be charged for anything other than what is in your suite on the first day aboard. The bathroom was large enough to be comfortable. My only criticism is that the toiletries cabinet should have a fiddle bar at the front of each shelf. Everything we put in there came flying out on the days when the ship was pitching in the Drake passage. We had no problems like that once we arrived in Antarctica and had calmer seas.

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