Although we did complete the evaluation form given to us onboard the Explorer, when we got home from the Epic 80* trip, we wished we had said more.
That expedition was absolutely one of the best trips we have ever taken. Russ Evans, the expedition leader, did everything he could to maximize our exposure to spectacular wildlife and landings. As promised, he woke us during the night when there were special sightings. He worked so hard all the time executing his role but we also saw him carrying out mundane tasks such as stuffing information sheets in our mailboxes while we were eating dinner. He clearly made this trip an extraordinary adventure.
The efforts of many of the other staff members went beyond our expectations. Dan Odess came to “rescue” several of us who were stuck in knee-deep mud while climbing to the Greenland ice cap. We also noticed that in the Greenland airport, Dan was the Lindblad person standing in the security area and helping guests maneuver with their luggage.