Viking Octantis Review

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Review for Antarctica Cruise on Viking Octantis
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Sail Date: Dec 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Nordic Balcony

Antarctica is the most remote place on Earth. It is also the only continent not owned by any country, but by treaty is maintained as a scientific research and environmentally protected area. The Octantis was designed by Viking specifically to meet the environmental and scientific needs of Antarctica as well as to provide for eco-tourism; to expand the awareness of the Antarctic continent and surrounding seas as a unique and vital part of the Earth.

This trip is all about the excursions, whether landings ashore or Zodiac and Special Operations Boat cruises. Even the transit provided experiences with seabird species as well as whales. Through daily briefings, lectures and movies, the Expedition staff both educated and prepared the guests for the activities and likely encounters with wildlife for that day. While the excursions were planned ahead of time, wind, seas and weather were carefully considered to make sure the excursions were able to be conducted safely. And all excursions are included in the price for the cruise itself.

The Excursion staff and ship's crew worked hard to make the most of every day. For example, on one occasion, the seas were too rough to launch the boats in the first location, so the ship made its way to a second location. However, at that location the wind was too strong, so again the ship made its way to a third location where we were able to launch all the boats and the submarine. The Octantis carries kayaks, Zodiacs, two Special Operations Boats and two submarines to support the passengers and scientists conducting research from the ship. While they can't guarantee sightings of all the wildlife, we saw humpback whales, Minke whales, seals and of course penguins nearly every day, both from the ship as well as from the Zodiacs and Special Operations Boats. The submarine ride was something that I have wanted to do ever since I was a kid watching Jacque Cousteau and it didn't disappoint. Whether on an excursion, walking the decks or just resting in your cabin, all you have to do is keep an eye out and you are sure to see some wildlife.

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Deluxe Nordic Balcony

The cabin was very comfortable. There was ample stowage space for our empty luggage and plenty of space for our clothes, even considering that we brought more clothes than normal as we were dressing in layers for the excursions. There is a separate closet for the boots, lifejackets, outer jackets and waterproof pants that you wear for the excursions. The closet has a drying system to expedite the drying of those garments after your excursions. Again, the heated floor in the bathroom was great. I love the electrically controlled window that lowers and raises, permitting unobstructed views and photography. Since it is summertime and the sun doesn't set for that long, there is an electrically controlled floor to ceiling blackout curtain to keep it dark in the room for sleeping.

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