Kim Fuchs

United States Of America

Customer
Rating

10

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Kim Fuchs' Trip Date:

26th Feb - 12th Mar 2019

Kim Fuchs' Ship:

Plancius

Overall, how was your trip?

The trip was great. The Plancius was a clean and well run ship. Accommodations and dining on the hotel staff side were well run and comfortable. The Expedition Staff were helpful, informative and showed their passion for Antarctica. Events were flexible but well planned. Landscapes were stunning, the weather was warmer than expected, hovering around freezing and the wildlife was great to see up close. The small ship size with 105 guests was nice. You may not have had the chance to speak to everyone, but that was your own or their choice. 28 different nationalities amongst the guests and crew, so a nice mix. One surprising aspect was the age of the guests. My initial thoughts due to the "bucket list" type vacation and expense of a trip to South America and Antarctica was of an early retired mid-60's well off couple with appropriate means as the standard guest. However there were many younger guests, although the youngest few (mid 20's) were there with their parents for special birthdays etc. But also many in late 30's to 40's which may have been a product of this being a diving adventure. There definitely were the 60's-ish couples but much more age diversity. It is hard to pick one most special moment, however crossing the Antarctic Circle and cruising in Crystal Bay is something to remember for a lifetime. The same goes for the close interaction with Fur Seals on land and near the shore.

In one sentence, what did you think of Antarctica? Did it live up to your expectations?

Antarctica was spectacular with the stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife. I had no expectations, so it definitely surpassed what could be reasonably expected.

Would you visit again?

Yes

How was the service that Swoop provided?

I think the support from Swoop was very good. No complaints. The recommended hotel in Ushuaia was very nice and comfortable. The pre-departure information and correspondence was helpful. The goal of passing the Antarctic Circle on a small to medium sized ship was exactly what I asked for initially, so matching ship to passenger done by Swoop was spot on.

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

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10 out of 10

You chose a/an South of the Antarctic Circle experience. How was that experience?

The South of the Antarctic Circle was the correct trip for me. I have some sea going experience and have crossed the equator and Arctic Circle so this was an appropriate goal for me. Many of the Expedition Staff had not been that far south before and was good to see their excitement as well. The length of cruise was a good compromise, however you look back and wish it could have been longer. I did not suffer from sea sickness, but many other passengers did, so perhaps their trips may have seemed too long.

If Swoop arranged some of your travel before/after your voyage. How did we do?

I made my own flight and lodging arrangements, but Swoop did recommend a very nice hotel in Ushuaia.

How were your experiences on the zodiac excursions and shore landings?

The colors of Antarctica are truly spectacular. You may watch National Geographic or Sir David Attenborough (sp?) and expect the bland, one color, white continent, but the blues of the ice and sea water, the dark exposed rock, the greens and browns of lichens and moss make you realize the rich color palette that is the White Continent. The up close interactions with penguins, seals and whales were very memorable. The changing conditions were handled very nicely by the Expedition Staff to keep things safe and interesting and accomplishing as much as possible.

Has your experience changed your perspective in any way?

I have enjoyed the Expedition experience and would like to do similar things. It may not be to the Polar regions, but small groups with diverse backgrounds would be something I look for in the future.

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

Go with an open mind and let the trip play out as the weather, wildlife and landing opportunities dictate. Sit down and listen to quiet.

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