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?”
Anonymous' Trip:Ross Sea Discovery: In Scott & Shackleton's Footsteps
Anonymous' Trip Date:
8th Jan - 6th Feb 2020
Anonymous' Ship:Akademik Shokalskiy
What was your most memorable moment?
Penguin party on the ice floe visiting early explorers huts the wildlife the immensity of Antarctica
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?
5 out of 10
Tell us about the wildlife
Amazing, lots of opportunity to see them, they were unassuming and not generally concerned by people.
Tell us about Zodiac excursions
Very good and gave plenty of time to see the environment. Easier to get in and out of than expected (thanks to good support by staff)
Tell us about the expedition team
Fantastic leader and staff. Was selective about lecturers as some not covering items i was personally interested and varying presentation skills. But some were excellent.
Tell us about the Akademik Shokalskiy
Very clean, well maintained and crew took pride in their job and their boat. It was a little dated but functional and this was not a concern. I would choose the ship again.
An amazing experience but quite hard work given the conditions of being at sea (i am not a sailor clearly!!). Need a reasonable level of fitness and resilience - a journey not to be taken lightly. But if you are prepared, it is very rewarding
Has your experience changed your perspective in any way?
I am even more keen to make a difference to our environment and came home very concerned about where we are going and what we are doing. THis was reinforced with the recent fires etc.
Do you have any tips or advice for other people planning a trip to Antarctica?
Ensure the provider will get you off as much as possible and give you some freedom. I think we were very lucky with a NZ company who are prepared for people to want to walk on their own / small group when on land. In other words, we had freedom to explore our area, albeit in a safe manner. (I suspect a US group would be more worried about injury and subsequent claims!!).