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autumn

If You Are Thinking Of Antarctica As A Destination- Go

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Had a wonderful cruise on Azamara Quest in January 2013. It was the main item on my bucket list and we had (on the whole) good weather, lots of wildlife sightings and the scenery is outstanding. Drakes Passage was calm on the way out and rough on our return. Because of high winds we couldn't dock in Ushuaia as the port authorities closed the port, a big disappointment.  It would have been nice to do an expedition voyage but in the end we chose Azamara because of health issues and we loved the experience.

 

But cruising in this area is weather dependent and cruises before us had not been so lucky, rough seas, scarce wildlife and unable to visit the Falklands. We were in the right place at the right time.

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Hi Autumn.

 

It is easy to agree with you. My wife and I cruised the Antarctica in February on board Celebrity Infinity. We were more than fortunate with the weather and even managed to get into Port Stanley and a very good navigation around Cape Horn.

 

 

I have a full review of the cruise on my blog at...

 

http://solentrichardscruiseblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/celebrity-infinity-to-antarctic-and-return/

 

with many more pictures.

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I would hardly call the Celebrity, HAL cruises that circumnavigate Cape Horn and spend a few sea days around the Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic cruise. A real Antarctic cruise is one with Hurtigruten or Quark Expeditions or National Geographic where you land on the peninsula by Zodiac. What you describe is akin to someone transiting an airport and saying they have visited the country.

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I would hardly call the Celebrity, HAL cruises that circumnavigate Cape Horn and spend a few sea days around the Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic cruise. A real Antarctic cruise is one with Hurtigruten or Quark Expeditions or National Geographic where you land on the peninsula by Zodiac. What you describe is akin to someone transiting an airport and saying they have visited the country.

Good afternoon 132LK132.

 

We are all entitled to our opinions of course though I would add I probably speak for the best part of 2,000+ Celebrity Infinity passengers who were more than happy with their 'Antarctic Cruise'.

 

Interestingly National Geographic and a few other 'Expedition ships' were in Ushuaia the same time as we were... 

 

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Plus this little number on the opposite side of the jetty...

 

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Not what I call 'cruise' ships really, more specialised single purpose 'Expedition' ships.

 

Of course there was one gem that arrived in Ushuaia before we sailed...

 

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Now that would appeal to me even though it is French.

 

No doubt we can look forward to a review of one of the alternatives with a few pictures.

 

Regards.

 

Richard

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Hi Autumn.

 

It is easy to agree with you. My wife and I cruised the Antarctica in February on board Celebrity Infinity. We were more than fortunate with the weather and even managed to get into Port Stanley and a very good navigation around Cape Horn.

 

 

I have a full review of the cruise on my blog at...

 

http://solentrichardscruiseblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/celebrity-infinity-to-antarctic-and-return/

 

with many more pictures.

 

Hi Solent Richard

 

Great review - I shall look for more.

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