National Geographic Explorer Cruise Review by RMcH
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Antarctica
The destinations are other-worldly.There is something almost majestic about Antarctica (kind of like Alaska on steroids - without the tanzanite shops). The ice, the skies, the weather, the animals are all spectacular. South Georgia is of interest to anyone who knows the story of Ernest Shackleton, as well as to anyone interested in seeing the abundant wildlife - the penguins, the elephant seals, the fur seals, the sea lions, the whales, the birds. And going to the Falkland Islands is like visiting the UK - a small (and charming) part of it, anyway.
We love the Explorer ship. It is big enough, but not too big. Everyone gets to land on Antarctica (which isn't true of all ships). The captains are skilled and personable and welcome guests to spend time on the bridge. The naturalists must be among the best in the industry. The staff is terrific - skilled and helpful and welcoming. The food is very good. There are professional photographers on board to help novices figure out their cameras and help the more experienced enhance their skills.
There are plenty of activities, both on and off the ship. There can be hiking, taking cruises in the Zodiacs, kayaking, paddle-boarding, taking a polar plunge. There are many lectures to attend to learn more about the destinations or the flora or the fauna. There is always a videographer onboard making a video that is available for purchase at the end of the trip - a professionally-produced memory of a splendid experience.
Cabins 101 and 102 are big and very handy to the bridge, the chart room (where the coffee is always hot!), and the dining room. There are also a few large cabins at the stern of the ship on the 200 level. There is a fitness center, but it is quite small (a handful of aerobic excercise machines and a small area with weights).
In summary, we love this ship, we love this destination, and we love the kind of adventures offered by Lindblad/National Geographic.
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