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Does anyone have any experience with Aurora Expeditions? I am considering them for a Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula trip in January 2014. The ship will be the Polar Pioneer, chosen because it carries a maximum of 54 passengers. This will be a very expensive trip, therefore any info before I commit would be greatly appreciated.
After completing a 19 day trip to Antarctica, I thought I might share a few thoughts.
1. Which Trip to Choose
There are a plethora of trips and operators from quickie 8 day Peninsula trips to extended islands and Antarctica.
I would strongly recommend trips incorporating the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well as Antarctica. Widlife is amazing - way more on the islands than in Antarctica (i.e. King Penguins). History is also incredible on the islands. Some cruises incorporate excellent visits to farmer homesteads on the Falklands.
If you cannot afford a longer trip right now, I would suggest delaying it and saving a bit more money. It is well worth it. After all you are travelling a long way to get there and are extremely unlikely to return so do it right.
2. Type of Boat
Make sure it carries no more than 100 or 110 passengers. Any more and on lan... more »
For those of you who were looking at booking a last minute trip by email this year, I just want to know if there was a variety of trips available to you at a discount, or were they mainly the "Classic" type of trip? I'm looking at going in January 2014 but want to do the Falklands/South Georgia/Peninsula option, and it doesn't even seem like that one's scheduled very often for next year so I wondered if it'd be as available at a discount.
Obviously things might change from one year to the next, but I'm just trying to get an idea of what my options are.
I thought I would share an amazing post that a reader of my website recently sent to me. He did a trip to Antarctica in November and has written about his experience there; it is great reading material for anyone thinking of heading over. There are also some tips for how to book a trip to Antarctica - where to go from, which season to go etc. You can check out this article here:
Antarctica: Foyn Harbour and Cuverville Island
Hope it helps / inspires
All the best,
I have two options with Quark Expeditions
1.Nov 4-13 Twin Window based on a double share. The rate is $6895 and with 15% off, for at $5860.75.
ship -Sea Adventurer .Only 122 guests.
It is really difficult for me to choose.
Please help me .
Thanks a million in advance
May I ask some questions of whom have travelled Antarctica ?
(even if it's super expensive)
2. Can I use mobile phone service with iphone aboard?
if so, what mobile serve agency do I register? (Yes I know Antarctica is NOT Country, but I just mean whether I can use signal of Argentina or Chile mobile service)
3. What's the real temperature there? I hope it's not frozen to death
Thanks in advance
I'm going to Antarctica 1week later :)
My girlfriend and I are arriving in Ushuaia on January 24. We're hoping to pick up a deal on a last minute cruise to Antarctica while there.
We're quite happy to wait around for a while (weeks if necessary) to get a good deal, but are curious to see what's happening on the ground. Is there any sign of last minute spots on cruises on offer in Ushuaia right now?
We've found some pseudo-last minute deals online, but they aren't really THAT great. So we're debating whether we should book one of these before leaving, thus gaining some certainty, OR head down there and try to find a (lower priced) trip once we arrive.
Any advice anyone can offer would be most welcome.
Am in the midst of planning a trip to Antarctica in February 2014.
I have zeroed down on a few dates and excursions and would like some advice on which dates would be ideal for maximum wildlife watching.
3rd - 13th Feb
13th - 22nd Feb
24th Feb - 6th March
I have figured out that whale watching is at its peak in February - later the dates, better. But then again, the penguins and seals may be gone by end February. Right now, I am inclined to finalise 13-22 February as my excursion dates - but would still like to hear from intrepid travellers who have actually managed to there about their opinion.
Any advice to help me decide will be highly appreciated.
In the midst of planning an Antarctic Expedition in Feb - March 2014.
Till now, have zeroed down on the following:
a) Classic Antarctica - on board USHUAIA - February 3, 2014 - February 13, 2014 (10 nights/ 11 days)
b) Classic Antarctica - on board USHUAIA - February 13, 2014 - February 22, 2014 (9 nights/ 10 days)
c) Weddell Sea Explorer - on board POLAR PIONEER - February 28, 2014 - March 11, 2014 (11 nights/ 12 day
Will end February - early March be a better time to view whales in Antarctica? If I go in March, then I am hoping that the chances of catching an Aurora Australis will be high (given solar winds are at their peak during 2013-14) - but then will March mean less wild life viewing as well?
I am confused & don't know how to optimise my once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic tour. It's way beyond my budget and I can be there only now - so please advice me which itine... more »
Last minute tickets to Antarctica to Ushuaia are very easy to come by this season.
I'm in Ushuaia now and there are numerous trips for between $3500 - $4300, from 9 - 10 days (so 4 - 5 days on the continent). This is for spots in the 3 bed "dorms", which a separated for males and females. Some people are even taking this last minute option and getting their own cabin. So, if you are planning on taking up this option, then do so with confidence, at least for the next month or so.
I'm posting this because I couldn't find this sort of information before arriving in Ushuaia, and know how valuable it is for those wanting to go to Antarctica on a budget.
I was lucky to book onto a trip at an equally discounted price a month before arriving in Ushuaia (largely due to a quote mistake from the company), so didn't have to pay the ful price.
The tour companies/boat operators will hat... more »
I am evaluating multiple tour operators for Antarctic Circle Crossing, in particular, Antarpply, Gap Adventures, and Oceanwide Expeditions. Any input on pro's and con's of each? (I am most concerned with Safety and Quality of the expedition guides.)
Also I notice on each company's website, they list slightly different sites to land and they all have a caveat that the itinerary is a guide only, actual landings depend on the weather condition. I understand they don't have any control of the weather, but I am wondering if weather permitting, do different operators have different preferred locations/islands for landing?
Any recommendations regarding companies offering this for this type of cover (which I am told I need to get) when travelling to the peninsular.
I´ll be in Ushuaia during three days. And I would like to make the reservations before arriving there.
- Which youth hostels do you recomend?
- Whichs tours or excursions are worthwhile and I shouldn´t miss? Where it´s better, to make the reservation? (I´ll visit the N.P. Tierra de Fuego during 4 hours, and I love the nature: fauna and flora).
- Do you recomend to travel to Rio Grande and see anything? Is it nice the round trip?
- I´ll take the ship to the Antartica, the next december. Do you have any recomendations for the trip to the Antartica?
I want to buy the Lonely Planet for Antarctica.
The 4th edition is still available, but the 5th is to be introduced early November.
Normally I would wait for the newest version, but in this case the 4th edition has 380 pages will the last edition only has 224.
Would this mean that the last edition will have less information???
Would anyone have a good advice for me which of the two versions I should choose?
Maybe anyone can help me.
I am trying to compare itineraries and vessel that go to Antarctica.
Though, even all the sites write a lot about these vessels, I find it very hard to see which vessel would be best for me, very hard to compare. And also the itineraries tell where they go but not so much what they are going to do: how often will there be landings, trips with kayaks or zodiacs etc.
Could you advise me on how I should make my decision?
Thanks and regards, Paul
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