Sylvia Earle Review

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Review for Antarctica Cruise on Sylvia Earle
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Sail Date: Dec 2023

After lots of research, my partner and I chose Aurora Expeditions because: 1) ships are small, meaning that there is greater opportunity for off-ship exploration, given the 100-passenger on-shore limit that applies to Antarctic landing sites, 2) ships are X-Bow with effective stabilisers, meaning that the crossing of the Drake Passage is likely to be relatively smooth, 3) it's an Australian company with a very positive reputation and has longevity in the provision of Antarctic expeditions. And, I'm delighted to say, we were thrilled with our choice!

The Sylvia Earle is a beautiful ship with generous public and private spaces.

The voyage was amazing. The Expedition Team did a wonderful job of setting expectations and explaining that expeditions don't always go to plan and that plans have to be very fluid. This flexibility was evident before we even boarded, when it was decided to leave Ushuaia earlier than intended. A storm was brewing, and we wanted to get ahead of it rather than be hit by it in the middle of the Drake Passage! The embarkation process was smooth, with the passengers all bussed to the port from the pre-cruise overnight accommodation (included in the package). We were warmly welcomed on board and encouraged to settle in.

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The smallest of the Balcony Staterooms, this was an extremely comfortable and well-appointed cabin. The AC is able to be controlled, allowing for the cabin to be heated or cooled to your desired temperature. The bathroom & shower floors are heated, meaning you can dry off gloves, socks, polar jackets and other items in between off-ship excursions. The bed was comfortable, and housekeeping did an excellent job with cleaning, tidying, and maintaining the room. The full-length sliding doors opened to a neat little balcony, providing access to the bracing cold & fresh air. Only drawback is that the balcony is not fully private, as other passengers, when weather permits, can walk past. Block-out curtains mean that you can get a good night's sleep, even when it is fully light for 24 hours. Sound-proofing was excellent and there was no noise interference from other cabins.

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