We chose this voyage because we had always wanted to visit the Chilean fiords and Antarctica. Going by ship is realistically the only way to do this. I have only been on one cruise before (the Canberra in 1997) and was put off cruising when I discovered that it seemed to be more about the journey than the destination. But Antactica is all about the destination as well as being made comfortable and kept well informed and entertained along the way.
The ship is well suited for this voyage with excellent crew who were all approachable, freindly and helpful including the captain and other officers who were always visible on decks and in the restaurant. The hotel staff were unfailingly helpful and attentive and would always try to accomodate any personal preferences. The 17-strong expedition team included experts on Antarctica, wildlife, adventures, photography, kayaking, biology, environment and a translator. They led all the shore excursions and zodiac cruises and provided many lectures in the amphitheatre which were all well attended, informative, educational and enjoyable.
The restaurant was spacious and well appointed, the quality of catering was high and the variey of cooking wide. The breakfasts may seem repetitive to some people but there was a huge variety of choice. The head chef was regularly on duty in the restaurant and would always try and cater for any special requests if available.