Antarctica had been on our list of places to visit for several years and after a Norwegian coastal cruise with Hurtigruten, their Antarctica itinerary was clearly the way to go. There were a few issues around Covid but some of them worked to our advantage: there were fewer people on board and their precautions helped make everyone feel at ease; on the other hand, in-person activities on board were restricted. Hurtigruten overcame the drawbacks by upgrading the digital services to cabins and to passengers. Our voyage should have included a landing in the Falklands but this could not be achieved because of Covid. However, with a generous compensation offer, Hurtigruten again rose to ensure that voyagers did not feel out of pocket.
The voyage itself gave a fascinating insight into a part of the world that comparatively few people see. We were taken on landings whenever possible to be entertained by penguins, seals, sea lions and - of course - the wonderful scenery. While on board, the crew made us all feel at home with bespoke talks about numerous aspects of Antarctica as well as a catch up on what had been done each day and the plans for tomorrow. All this was topped off with some fantastic food and drink, "locally sourced" in Norway.
Our cabin was a good size as well as comfortable and it was well looked after by our steward; there was the option to remain undisturbed if wanted. The facilities on board were second to none with the ship's own Science Centre, a gym, a spa, outdoor exercise, jacuzzi and swim pool.