Roald Amundsen Review

Five Days in Antarctica: whales, penguins and seals, oh my!

Review for Antarctica Cruise on Roald Amundsen
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soxfan1495
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2023
Penguins we visited during kayak excursion
An iceberg seen from zodiac
Landscape in Antarctica
Some daily activities during a sea day
A gentoo penguin listed during excursion
Checking out a seal during a kayak excursion
Seal observed during zodiac ride
View of ship while snowshoeing
Seeing a whale maybe 25 yards from our kayak was a highlight of the cruise.  We were fortunate to have a spot on this excursion, obtained through a lottery.

This was not just a cruise. It was an experience, and it met or exceeded our expectations.

We have taken cruises before and always enjoyed them. Although we enjoyed this cruise too, it was more about seeing and exploring the wonders of the White Continent. The word "expedition" feels accurate. It was more adventurous than other cruises, and in that respect, it certainly met our expectations.

We took this cruise to see a bit of remote Antarctica, and it did not disappoint. After a relatively smooth Drake's Passage (2-3 meter seas), we spent five days visiting different places along the west coast of the Antarctic peninsula, where we often encountered whales, penguins, seals, glaciers, and icebergs. And we saw them up close with the help of the ship's amazing expedition crew, which included activity guides, biologists, ornithologists, and marine scientists, who were passionate to share their knowledge of Antarctica. We also enjoyed the outstanding educational presentations provided by the Expedition crew during the sea days before and after our excursions. If you want a memorable and worthwhile adventure to Antarctica, we would highly recommend Hurtigruten.

Cabin Review

The comfortable cabin featured lots of storage, numerous electrical outlets (continental two prongs - bring an adopter or you can obtain them from the reception desk for a returnable deposit), and a heated floor in the bathroom! The balcony was nice, but if we were to do the cruise again, we probably would settle for a cabin on a lower deck more midship, to minimize the risk of seasickness. Due to the cold temperatures and the frequent precipitation, we did not spend much time on the balcony (although it was nice to have for spotting wildlife). Although we had a relatively smooth passage both directions, we could feel more rolling and pitching of the ship than on other cruises. So, it makes sense to take that into account when selecting a cabin. We were located on the left/Port side of the ship. The other side might be slightly better, since the zodiacs leave from the right/Starboard side, and it is therefore closer to the areas of landfall. Our cabin steward, Raymond, was amazing.

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