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?”
Doug Sinclair's Trip:Antarctic Peninsula Classic
Doug Sinclair's Trip Date:
18th Jan - 29th Jan 2019
Overall, how was your trip?
Minus one day of seasickness, I could not have asked for better.
In one sentence, what did you think of Antarctica? Did it live up to your expectations?
Yes, absolutely: beautiful beyond description.
Would you visit again?
How was the service that Swoop provided?
I would have appreciated a better mandatory kit list. For example, the crew would not let passengers on the Zodiacs without waterproof pants. It is only blind luck that I brought Goretex ski pants with me. Maybe this information was sent somewhere, but I am not aware of it.
How likely is it that you would recommend Swoop to a friend?
7 out of 10
You chose a/an Antarctic Peninsula Classic experience. How was that experience?
It was what I wanted. Food was below excellent -- fancy dishes, but not wonderfully executed. Much can be forgiven based on the necessary logistics of ship-board storage and cooking. I would have preferred a well-done beans-on-toast to a not-fresh mahi-mahi.
If Swoop arranged some of your travel before/after your voyage. How did we do?
All worked fine. The Arakur hotel in Ushuaia is very fancy!
How were your experiences on the zodiac excursions and shore landings?
Wonderful. Would have been nice to have some mechanism for being put on the camping wait-list, as many people canceled on the day and the wait-list ended up being called.
Has your experience changed your perspective in any way?
The open-bridge policy on the ship was wonderful. Looking at the fuel-flow rate on the instruments, I was able to calculate the carbon footprint of the voyage. It is shockingly high, and it would be very selfish for me to do this sort of thing again.
Is there anything you would recommend we change to make trips like yours more environmentally sustainable?
The local footprint on Antarctica is well managed, but the global carbon output is not. Short of using sailboats, I don't know how to fix that.