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?”
Sue's Trip Date:
27th Feb - 23rd Mar 2022
Sue's Ship:Ocean Victory
What was your most memorable moment?
Too many to list really. However, one of my aims was to walk with King Penguins and to see them in huge crowds. I did this. And to see King Penguins on the same ground as sheep was just extroadinary. I come from North Yorkshire where sheep on peat are common but I could never have imagined them with penguins. That moment in the Falklands is indeed memorable.
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?
10 out of 10
On a scale of 0 to 10, how would you rate your trip: Late Summer South Georgia, Antarctica & Falkland Islands?
10 out of 10
Tell us about the wildlife
I knew we were at the end of summer and so numbers of penguins, seals and albatross would be lower than at the peak of breeding season but I was still amazed by the numbers we saw. Having time to satand and watch animal behaviour was special too. We were very fortunate to see all the penguin species (except Emperors of course); leopard, Wedell, crabeater, elephant & bays full of fur seal pups; whales were often spotted - humpbacks, fin, sei and one minke I think.; too many bird species to list but getting close to an albatross chick trying to stretch its wings was special and I saw a caracara with a dead penguin in its beak. Yes it lived up to and exceeded expectations. I am now looking through about 1700 photos and certainly have some of the King Penguins which I had particularly hope to take.
Tell us about Zodiac excursions
These were all good and I felt safe when getting in and out. The expedition team plus ships crew were excellent. Some times the sea swell was very strong making hard work for them. I opted out of a couple of trips for this reason.
Tell us about the expedition team
A talented group of people, the ladies especially. The wildlife lectures were my favourite and one on krill stands out as I didnt think it could be so interesting.
Tell us about the Ocean Victory
It is a very comfortable well appointed ship and thankfully very stable. I did have a problem with my cabin when after two days there was a loud, metallic banging noise which seemd to be from above and outside the porthole. I asked to be moved when it didnt get fixed and I went up from deck 3 to 4 and a very nice cabin with a window. Lucky me! The food was very good too. My only complaint was the lack of hot plates & often the 'hot' food was cold too, for breakfast/lunch up in the deck 8 restaurant.
The boots provided were excellent as is the parka although not as cosy as the down-quilted one I had on Ocean Atlantic!
Do you have any tips or advice for other people planning a trip to Antarctica?
Just do it! Be prepared to be amazed, stunnned even by the whole experience but also not to be disappointed when nature doesnt oblige. Some passengers appear to expect everything to go to a schedule, are not prepared to get cold and wet, and even one or two who were unaware of the type of cruise they had booked on.
Has your experience changed your perspective in any way?
Reinforced my enjoyment of the vast space, the quiet and the wonders of nature. Then coming home to find out about the war/virus/ cost of living etc is 'difficult'.
Was there anything else Swoop could have done for you to help you prepare for your trip?
I cant think of anything. Re questions below --- I have actually already been twice to Antarctica and been to both Patagonia and the Arctic. I would consider them certainly but I have other trips booked this year. Then I must consider what I can physically cope with at 77yrs young !! No I dont have photos of myself.