John Crawford

United Kingdom



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?”

John Crawford's Trip Date:

23rd Jan - 11th Feb 2020

John Crawford's Ship:

Island Sky

What was your most memorable moment?

Kayaking as a Humpback whale surfaced in front of the Kayak and brushed the end of the Kayak before gently gliding back under the surface

Which of the following best describes your adventure?

Great holiday

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

Tell us about the wildlife

South Georgia was fantastic for the wildlife and the old whaling stations were fascinating.

Something Else?

We really appreciated all the information you supplied before hand. The quality of the lectures during the trip by the expedition team were excellent and we enjoyed the citizen science projects that they ran. We visited both Grytviken and Port Lockroy during the trip and would probably recommend that on a trip like this it is only necessary to visit one historic site like that. I felt that Port Lockroy was a rushed stop to get the numbers on and off (only 40 can land at the museum) and so really the time would have been better spent in another location enjoying the scenery/wildlife.

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

Make sure you look at the size of the ship as we found the 100 passenger size was just about right. I would not recommend anything bigger as getting on and off the boat does take a little time. Look at who will be running the expeditions as their quality is key to the experience. Practice with your camera well before you travel so you understand the settings for fast moving, and sometimes challenging wildlife photography. As biosecurity is a key issue, try and not have Velcro fasteners near your boots as they collect grass, seeds etc and need cleaning before and after landings.

Has your experience changed your perspective in any way?

Not really, but it reinforces my belief that we must steward the worlds resources carefully and that global cooperation is far more effective than the adversarial relationships we so often see played out.

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

You did a great job, thanks!

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