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being from Australia there are no other options for us to cruise to this destination. Being able to start in Buenos Aries and fly to our port via a charter was very handy. Once at port we were provided the added tour option the the national park, don't miss this. We were welcomed on board and from then on the standard did not diminish. Every aspect of the cruise especially the calm sea across Drakes Passage was a bonus in both directions. The crew are friendly accommodating. The expeditions by Zodiac once in the Antartica by experts was second to none. Their knowledge each day , the shore excursions were fantastic. Each night entertainment was provided with very professional persons. The shows varied and were of a high quality. The captain and expedition leaders were always available to provide reports of the days excursions. Sightings of wildlife such as whales etc was accommodated with the ship being diverted , stopped or speed reduce in speed to give all passengers the best experience that could be. There was never a delay in the embarking to shore to view wildlife and research stations bearing in mind the limit to visit is restricted. Language spoken was French and English, On this particular cruise the large majority spoke English was frustrating as the translation was often vague when an announcement was made or information being provided. This could be a consideration to remedy by basing the population numbers on each cruise. Overall the most memorable experience using Ponant cruise lines and the ship. Definately will consider the cruise line again

Expedition cruise to antartica

Stella Australis Cruise Review by allan rowsell

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Antarctica
being from Australia there are no other options for us to cruise to this destination. Being able to start in Buenos Aries and fly to our port via a charter was very handy. Once at port we were provided the added tour option the the national park, don't miss this. We were welcomed on board and from then on the standard did not diminish. Every aspect of the cruise especially the calm sea across Drakes Passage was a bonus in both directions. The crew are friendly accommodating.

The expeditions by Zodiac once in the Antartica by experts was second to none. Their knowledge each day , the shore excursions were fantastic.

Each night entertainment was provided with very professional persons. The shows varied and were of a high quality.

The captain and expedition leaders were always available to provide reports of the days excursions.

Sightings of wildlife such as whales etc was accommodated with the ship being diverted , stopped or speed reduce in speed to give all passengers the best experience that could be.

There was never a delay in the embarking to shore to view wildlife and research stations bearing in mind the limit to visit is restricted.

Language spoken was French and English, On this particular cruise the large majority spoke English was frustrating as the translation was often vague when an announcement was made or information being provided. This could be a consideration to remedy by basing the population numbers on each cruise.

Overall the most memorable experience using Ponant cruise lines and the ship.

Definately will consider the cruise line again
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Cabin Review

Cabin 309
Whilst clean and tidy there was a constant smell emanating from the toilet. When we enquired there was no response to being able to fix.
Being midships and on a mid deck is a plus to stop any cruise.
otherwise the availability to the balcony was definitely useful when in Antartica for viewing in comfort without the cold.
The bed was great the facility with the bar fridge being restocked every day and that all beverages were not charged as a additional cost anywhere on the ship drinks.
Very comfortable and good location to all facilities.

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