We have traveled with Viking River, and Viking Ocean, about 7 or 8 trips so far and have always been impressed with the Viking experience. This Viking Expedition trip did not disappoint. on the very first day we had a briefing from the Expedition Manager. After a consultation with the Captain the Expedition Manager informed all the guests that the original plan for our first day after crossing the Drake Passage was cancelled due to the appearance of two severe depressions. Instead we would sail due south at best speed and would cross the Antarctic Circle, a first for the ship and most of the staff, and not the least the guests and reach our southernmost point at 68 degrees 29 minutes South. This was a courageous decision and an extremely popular on for everybody on board.
There was a grand "Crossing the line" ceremony worthy of a stage production but carried out on the open rear deck.
We experienced daily Zodiac trips to set foot on islands as well as on the Antarctic Peninsula itself. We also experience exciting cruises on one of their Special Operations Boats which held 18 guests and was run at a safe speed of 35 knots. The vessel was capable of 45 knots but with numerous pieces of floating ice to be circumnavigated this speed was not a safe option.
This was a well placed cabin on deck 4 with a fold down shower seat, and two sinks in the bathroom. There was a drying cupboard and plenty of drawer and hanging space for all our dressy clothes as well as our stay warm kit for out of doors days. Our large suitcases were slipped under our bed well out of our way. A writing table and open-up vanity mirror and desk space for toiletries made for a tidy stateroom. The roll down screen by the wide window kept the midnight sun out and the top balcony window could be lowered to shoulder level for external photos should we wish.