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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.

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica commencing October

G Expedition Cruise Review by derbyshirecruiser

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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.
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Larger than usual cruise ships. Dated but otherwise fine.