Roald Amundsen Review

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Review for Antarctica Cruise on Roald Amundsen
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023

About us: couple in mid 60's well travelled not always on cruise ships. We have no loyalty to any cruise line and our sole driver is destination, mainly wildlife and scenery.

Since visiting a travel show around 4 years ago Antarctica was on our bucket list. Eventually chose Hurtigruten and Roald Amundsen as we thought the price was reasonable and it included the Falklands. Booked as a package so international flights included Iberia heathrow to buenos aires via madrid - rubbish. British airways return via Rio - significantly better. Hurtigrutens organisation from Buenos Aires and back was excellent. two charter flight that were half full 0ne at 11.30 and one at 12.30. On boarding ship found only 219 passengers were sailing so less than half full. Drake passage: day 1 3 metre swells, I was sick in the morning but ships tablets cured me and fine rest of cruise. Day 2 6 metre swells, many people never left their cabins. Saw lots of wildlife - albatrosses, petrels and so on. Five good days in antarctica saw Chinstrap, gentoo and adelie penguins. visited whalers bay, interesting abandoned whaling station. Also lots of fin and humpback whales despite it being too early in the season. We even got to walk on the sea ice in the Wedddel sea! Two more fairly rough days at sea got us to the Falklands. The islands are a bit of a dump really but the wildlife is amazing, whales, seals, penguins, albatross and many other smaller land birds. Strong winds caused a landing cancellation and then a day and half back to Ushaia. The ship: Dining. Aune is the main dining room, food average usually 3 choices at lunch buffet and same evening. Speciality buffet nights one asian and one vegetarian which we weren't happy about as no alternatives offers so ate in Fredheim which is essentially a diner serving burgers and open 12 to 9 pm. Breakfast was okay but often coffee in waiters jugs lukewarm. Expedition staff were highly knowledgeable, sometimes too clever and we found some of them had poor interpersonal skill and were difficult to approach (thats just our experience, some people got on with them very well. we were policed extremely tightly ashore because of birdflu risks. Note, for the five days in antarctica landings are only published the night before so you must attend a breifing or watch on TV to find out the details as there are no printed daily programmes. For example we were stood looking at black browed albatross on the falklands and a woman asked me why we walked 2kms to look at seagulls!! Overall we thought the destinations were excellent but if you don't have much interest in wildlife then you will get bored as there is very little to do on board the ship

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Deck 8. This was a sideways cabin with full windows so we enjoyed laying in bed watching icebergs float by. On arrival heating not working but microswitch on balcony doors reset then okay. Only one wooden chair so complained and got two reclining chairs. Nice bathroom with underfloor heating, probably best shower we have had.

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