Customer Rating On return from their adventure we ask customers: “On a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest, how likely is it that you would recommend Swoop to a friend or colleague?”
What was your most memorable moment?
Camping on the continent
Which of the following best describes your adventure?
On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely is it that you would recommend Swoop to a friend or colleague?
8 out of 10
How likely is it that you would recommend Oceanwide Expeditions to a friend?
9 out of 10
Tell us about the wildlife
Amazing: Tons of penguins, wales, seals... Unfortunately, the team didn't make an announcement (even though it was only 10:30pm) when a group of wales bubble-fed right next to our ship. We were sad to have missed it, and could only jealously look at the pictures and videos of the other guests.
Tell us about Zodiac excursions
Fun, very safe, make sure to wear your waterproofs!
Tell us about the expedition team
Very knowledgeable and friendly; enjoyed the evening lectures (especially Andreas is a great presenter!)
Tell us about the Plancius
Definitely recommend, clean, cozy, spacious yet small enough to feel like a community
Sign-ups for activities is quiet cumbersome and stressful. Guests are assigned in groups based on booking dates. Group A gets to choose all their activities first, then Group B....after introductions/briefings on Day 1 on the Drake Passage. I understand that people need to know what they sign-up, but it made most of us very anxious not knowing when and what we would be able to do. I wonder if there is a way to either assign people beforehand since for camping and kayak it doesn't make any difference which day one does the activity. Only mountaineering had different hikes and difficulty levels. Another reason to do this BEFORE the trip: Myself (and other passengers) didn't feel well during the Drake Passage and stayed in my room. So, I missed all the briefings - thankfully, my husband captured lots of notes and also signed us up since I would not have been able to do it myself. It would've been nice to have the briefings before or the ability to watch a recording on the ship's TV channel.
Do you have any tips or advice for other people planning a trip to Antarctica?
Bring waterproof gear. Put your camera down from time to time. Be flexible.
Has your experience changed your perspective in any way?
It's a beautiful world, let's make sure it stays that way.