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Old 26.09.2021, 19:52
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would like to travel next year around Antarctic.
did anyone go or/and can recommend some agency?
I was looking at intrepid travel....
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Re: Antarctic

Been there with

https://www.quarkexpeditions.com/

Because I did business with Travelopedia which owns them and they gave me a discount when I told them I was thinking about doing something like that.

I had the time of my life. Quark does nothing but polar expeditions. Relatively small cruise ships (my ship carried only about 100 pax though it had room for more), thus could visit more places, spend more time on land (landings are limited to max 100 passengers at any one time, so smaller ships means that you don't have to take turns with other passengers), great crew, relatively young crowd on board because it is one of the cheaper ones, so some good parties with the all inclusive drinks, etc. The rooms were surprisingly big and felt more like a modern holiday inn. The food was good and if you get tired of the 5 course dinner by the 10th night, they're happy to serve up some burger and fries for you.

While in Ushuaia I met some people who just got off various boats. Oceanwide seems to offer something similar.

Hurtigruten seems popular but more expensive. National Geographic have the most upmarket stuff with prices twice as much as Quark or Oceanwide.

While in Antartica, I did notice some gigantic 4000 passenger cruise ships passing by (apparently they don't stop), and also some luxury yatchs, though crossing the drake must be a nightmare.

I think there are only a few companies that does this and I haven't heard anyone complaining so they must all be good. You need to decide what is important - luxury? plenty of activities like kayaking and skiing? less activities but more guided zodiac cruises, etc. I only managed to get on my 4th choice because by the time I decided to book in January for a trip in December, the first 3 were either booked out, or the kayaking teams were already full.

The thing is that the weather plays such a big role there - we were apparently very lucky and we managed to get out of the ship at least twice a day everyday. We heard that the cruise cycle before us only managed to get out only 5 times the entire trip.

It will be an incredible experience and I would love to go again. Have fun!
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Re: Antarctic

Cool stuff.
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Re: Antarctic

The operators are likely to be the same few regardless of where you book. Different travel agencies in different countries will take a different cut so it may be a good idea to check prices abroad, e.g. Germany, but also in the country people come from.
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Old 28.09.2021, 13:12
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If you go, please post some pictures afterwards?
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Re: Antarctic

Ive been there. We used Hurtigruten. I trust Norwegians when it comes to cold weather... and I think that was a good choice. Excellent ship, excellent crew, all equipment from dry suits to rubber boots to kayaks to tenders were all top notch. As we usually spend our vacations on dive boats do I think I have a bit of an idea about that stuff... it really was quite a bit like their advertisement video: https://www.hurtigruten.ch/reiseziel...rktis/?_hrgb=3

Long story short:
- you want a smaller cruise ship with less people because most islands have a max number of people who are allowed to land at once... so the really big boats just cruise around and you will be missing the good stuff. We went on "Fram" which was the smallest of their expedition ships. I know that they are in the progress to exchange the fleet into some brand new diesel-electric hybrids which look so cool I want to go again. It basically means they can switch off the diesel engines when you are near to wildlife and run on batteries. We already got super close to whales and orcas, but I can imagine this makes it even better.
- there are multiple routes available, we did the one that goes as much south as possible, but therefore skips for example the south georgia islands... not sure what I was missing but for me were the highlights: ice camping for a night, kayaking between icebergs, deception island (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deception_Island).
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