Since we did an Arctic cruise in 2017 wanted to also do Antarctica. We were lucky enough to be offered a deal of 2 for 1 so grabbed it and consider ourselves very lucky.,
It was actually a sailing with embarkation on 16 Feb from Ushuaia which was an APT charter. This sailing does not appear on the Cruise Critic list! Unlike some of the other reviews we found the staff to be very friendly, the Filipino staff spoke better English than French, the Captain was very personable and obviously enjoyed mingling with the passengers. There was an open bridge policy unless the Red notice was on the door. As our cabin 505 was 3 away from this door we visited frequently, very useful when an announcement was made of something to see which should not be missed.
The expedition team was excellent. The food was good but I did find myself wishing for cereals at breakfast and chocolates in the cabin at night instead of treat little cakes. With mostly Australians and New Zealanders on board they actually ran out of all their varieties of Black Tea! The organisation went well from hotel in Buenos Aires to Ushuaia & return. The APT representative who was with us from start to finish did a great job. I can recommend this cruise but for English speakers an appropriate charter may be easier. That said we had no incidences of French aloofness.
Great position on the ship, near the bridge, near the lift to the observation lounge directly above. Far away from the lift to not hear any noise from it.Kept clean and restocked all the time.Small, having a separate toilet seemed a good idea but it did make the shower area a bit cramped. A bit on the small side with a large ? padded stool which was not useful and took up room.Suitcases did fit under the bed. On the return journey on the Drake Passage it was rough and the balcony door did not stay latched, this was obviously a problem is several cabins as we found a piece of wood to jam it closed.