Anonymous

United States Of America

Customer
Rating

10

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Anonymous' Trip Date:

26th Dec - 10th Jan 2020

Anonymous' Ship:

Plancius

What was your most memorable moment?

Sleeping on the continent in my bevy bag to wake up at 3am to light snow, peace and a phenomenal view of glaciers and a waterfall. The watching a group of artic turns chase a skua right over me as I lay snug in my bag. The windy wet ride through iceberg alley with dark clouds on the horizon, making it look like one could fall off the edge - cerulean blues iceberg caves, huge icebergs with turrets and knife edge peaks and, to top it all off, a leopard seal on an iceberg. And penguins frolicking in the water - torpedo like in their speed and jumps, clearly having a blast. I could go on...ice climbing with calving icebergs, swimming penguins and seals below, and snow waterfalls from avalanches in the mountains across the bay; Damvoy Point - blue sky with great clouds coming across the peaks and that amazing blue streaked, cracked glacier ...and baby penguins! Love the Adeline's her and there and sharing the penguin highways with them...wacthching them hoping, sliding, jumping, braying....could watch pimguisn forever.

Which of the following best describes your adventure?

Life changing

On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely is it that you would recommend Swoop to a friend or colleague?

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10 out of 10

How likely is it that you would recommend Oceanwide Expeditions to a friend?

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10 out of 10

Tell us about the wildlife

Yes! This was our second time to the Peninsula and I loved the wildlife just as much. It was more enjoyable as I was not so anxious to see everything or not miss out, so more able to appreciate the wildlife. Some of my favorites: Paddling our kayaks between a couple humpback whales, watching penguins frolicking in the water right next to the zodiac (docked) at Port Lockroy, getting off the penguin highway to let penguins waddle by, and listening to the spat-splat as penguins walked through the shallows at Damvoy. Soooo many photos!!!!

Tell us about Zodiac excursions

Always felt safe. If I can't go on shore or kayak, zodiac is cool and I enjoy it. Most memorable zodiac was in Iceberg Alley - lighting, icebergs, weather (sleet, rain, wind), great driver (David!)...I described the beauty of it some in my previous comment.

Tell us about the expedition team

Expedition team was knowledgeable and friendly, though level of knowledge on wildlife varied a lot, but staff were happy to find out what something was for you later. Alexis, Trevor, Owen and Koen. Favorite lecturer, of course, was Andreas...he was stand out also.

Tell us about the Plancius

Yes! I was worried about the size as it looked so small compared to the other ships, but it was a wonderful ship. A very nice size, very quiet engines (as the captain said), nice cabins, very comfortable bedding, and nice roomy bathroom (for a small ship). As I said before, loved the dryer rack in the bath, room darkening curtains and being able to turn the heat off in the room. The closet and bathroom doors all opened into each other in our room and blocked getting out of the room, but we worked it out fine. More hooks would have been nice, but the 6 we had were great and some people, I understand, didn't have any. Lights above the bed are at a height/location where you gave to make sure you don't hit your head on them. Please, these negative comments are minor and meant to help you improve things, don't let them overshadow all the good about the room - cool, dark and comfortable bed for sleeping - most important! Oh, another minor, but easily addressed issue, more of the no slip material on the desk area for the drake crossing. ?

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I love Antarctica like no place else in the world, but worry about the impact of myself and others going there. I wish companies would start including the cost of carbon credits in their price - especially for a trip like this where clearly people can afford it and you see the impact of climate change so much. So I am very torn these days about travel like this in particular due to its impact and thus encouraging others to go worries me too. Moral dilemma. That aside, I was exceedingly happy with the trip, Swoop, the ship’s operator and Placuis.

Something Else?

Did I miss food section? Phenomenal in every way. Loved it and portion size perfect.

Do you have any tips or advice for other people planning a trip to Antarctica?

Cabins can be warm at night, so light sleepingwear is typically best. Hate to admit it, but I brought (and wore a couple times - camping and ice climbing) Depends. I never needed them, but it relieved (no pun intended ?) the stress of worrying about it. So, honest, not a bad idea to suggest that as a possibility. In the Arctic on a couple long zodiac trips watching polar bears, I really wish I had had them as it was pretty uncomfortable at times. ?

Has your experience changed your perspective in any way?

I am much more concerned about climate change and addressing it on a personal level as best I can. And, now, even pushing friends a bit ...gently

Do you have any recommendations for Swoop, or feedback about the team?

Perhaps links to where people can help address climate change or buy carbon credits for their trip? I know it would have to be well presented to not put people off.

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