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This was our third Linblad cruise, second on Explorer. Arctic was amazing, this was better. If you go early in the season, you can park the ship in the ice and cross country ski or snow shoe on the ice. If you go late in the season, as we did, you have a much better chance of seeing more whales. The penguins make you laugh just looking at them. Saw three species of penguins. The whales were just incredible. Saw a pod of killer whales and several humpback whales, also fin whales and blue whales. The naturalists are all amazing. They all obviously love what they do and convey that love to you. Everything Linblad does is first class. The only negative, which no one can control is weather. We had a very smooth Drake crossing southbound, but the return trip made up for it. 30 foot swells and wind. But you know that going in and cannot say it is unexpected. It actually adds to your trip memories. Fortunately, the weather in Antarctica was very favorable. We made two continental landings. Made it south of the Antarctic circle. Temperatures in the 32-34 degree Fahrenheit range. One day wind chill down tro 17, but with their supplied parkas, I never heard anyone complain about being cold. There were several passengers on board that this was their 3rd or 4th trip to Antarctica. Linblad is not inexpensive, but they do an excellent job. We booked our next trip to Baja while on this trip. Can't wait.

Just amazing, penguins and whales cannot be beat.

National Geographic Explorer Cruise Review by terepfan

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This was our third Linblad cruise, second on Explorer. Arctic was amazing, this was better. If you go early in the season, you can park the ship in the ice and cross country ski or snow shoe on the ice. If you go late in the season, as we did, you have a much better chance of seeing more whales. The penguins make you laugh just looking at them. Saw three species of penguins. The whales were just incredible. Saw a pod of killer whales and several humpback whales, also fin whales and blue whales. The naturalists are all amazing. They all obviously love what they do and convey that love to you.

Everything Linblad does is first class. The only negative, which no one can control is weather. We had a very smooth Drake crossing southbound, but the return trip made up for it. 30 foot swells and wind. But you know that going in and cannot say it is unexpected. It actually adds to your trip memories. Fortunately, the weather in Antarctica was very favorable. We made two continental landings. Made it south of the Antarctic circle.

Temperatures in the 32-34 degree Fahrenheit range. One day wind chill down tro 17, but with their supplied parkas, I never heard anyone complain about being cold. There were several passengers on board that this was their 3rd or 4th trip to Antarctica.

Linblad is not inexpensive, but they do an excellent job. We booked our next trip to Baja while on this trip. Can't wait.
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Cabin 328
Cabin was quite roomy and bathroom was very nice. We were low and in the center of the ship, exactly where you want to be crossing the Drake.