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We chose this trip to Antartica as it gave us the experience of landing on the continent itself. We have been to Antartica three times before in cruise ships which were good but this time we wanted something extra. Hurtigruten provided just what we wanted at a reasonable price and the overall package was excellent value. In total we had seven days on the peninsula and had two off boat excursions each day. All of which were included in the package. The trip was blessed with blue skies and above 0 c degree temperatures each day and Drake Passage was smooth both ways. We had plan A intinary every day. Being an expedition cruise the number off passengers was limited to around 350 so the ship was not crowded. Food was excellent. The crew were amazing and all seemed very happy in their work. Everything went like clockwork from day one. If you scheduled for a 10 am landing you got your 10am landing. No delays no worries. All down with safety and respect for the environment at all times. Expedition team were brilliant in all aspects. If you are thinking of going to Antartica this is the way to do it.

Amazing trip

Midnatsol Cruise Review by big43rdkid

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Antarctica
We chose this trip to Antartica as it gave us the experience of landing on the continent itself.

We have been to Antartica three times before in cruise ships which were good but this time we wanted something extra.

Hurtigruten provided just what we wanted at a reasonable price and the overall package was excellent value.

In total we had seven days on the peninsula and had two off boat excursions each day. All of which were included in the package.

The trip was blessed with blue skies and above 0 c degree temperatures each day and Drake Passage was smooth both ways. We had plan A intinary every day.

Being an expedition cruise the number off passengers was limited to around 350 so the ship was not crowded.

Food was excellent.

The crew were amazing and all seemed very happy in their work.

Everything went like clockwork from day one. If you scheduled for a 10 am landing you got your 10am landing. No delays no worries. All down with safety and respect for the environment at all times.

Expedition team were brilliant in all aspects.

If you are thinking of going to Antartica this is the way to do it.
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Cabin Review

Cabin
Having done the Norwegian costal round trip with hurtigruten we new what to expect in regards to our cabin.
It was basic but comfy with two single beds. Storage was adequate and your suitcases can be stored under your beds.
The heated floor in the bathroom is always welcome and is great for drying your washing.
Large round window,partly obscured.
TV was modern and as with the usual channels.
On a trip like this who wants to spend time in your cabin!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    Brief tour supplied as part of the trip. Basically to fill in the time between airport arrival and embarkation.
    Informative with free time at the end to explore on foot. Great idea as it avoids having to queue at embarkation etc.
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The meals were all very good with breakfast and lunch being a buffet with numerous choices for all tastes.
Due to the timing of the excursions we only had two fixed seating/fixed menu dinners(both of which were excellent) the others being buffets.
The excursions groups were rotated so that if you were in the first group one day you would be in much later group the next day and so on. This gave all guests the chance to experience the landings and zodiac cursing at varied times. So some got fresh tracks and different wildlife to others.
Hurtigruten is committed to preserving the antartic in pristine condition. So all outer layer clothes were vacuumed to remove the chance if seeds or foreign matter being brought ashore and the supplies boots were cleaned and disinfected before and after excursions etc.
The red HH jacket that you are supplied with and keep are a great gift and reminder of the trip.