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Plancius Review

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Older Ship is Fine - the Understaffed and Inexperienced Crew Are Not

Review for Plancius to Antarctica
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Imakespots
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Dec 2017
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ANTARCTICA  CHIMU ADVENTURES /OCEANWIDE EXPEDITIONS REVIEW

Antarctica will never disappoint and that’s clear from the moment you being your voyage. HOW you get there and WHO facilitates your journey is a massive decision and, unfortunately, I think that Chimu and Oceanwide (M/V Plancius) fell well short of reasonable expectations throughout the trip.

The booking process was fairly straight forward in that I had already done so much research that I didn’t need to spend a lot of time with them going back and forth about ships, cabins, budgets, etc. The “Basecamp” cruise sounded intriguing and I, foolishly, didn’t ask a lot of questions BUT they also didn’t offer a lot of information beyond the basic information. I’d like to think that Chimu would not sell this cruise based on my comments, later in this document, because the cruise itself was so poor that they should be weary of referring clients.

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Cabin Twin shared porthole

The cabin is fine - there's enough room and storage space to accommodate two adults and all of their suitcases, etc. with under the bed storage and a split closet. There's a small desk which is also nice. The bathroom is bigger than I expected and also had storage and a towel drying rack which was great. The walls of this ship are THIN so bring ear plugs or you'll listen to what's happening on either side of you. Linens, pillows, etc. are old and all need to be replaced. Housekeeping was hard working and professional and laundry service was very affordable and quick -- same day service.

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