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View 2017 Antarctica on greynomadm's travel map.

Sorry for the lack of regular updates there just was no practical means of communication. I've been promised a detailed log available to download. I'll pull it apart and post the sections over the next week or so,

The following is a general overview of the trip .

The ship is the MS Expedition, the tour operator is G-Adventure which specialises in generally small group high activity tours. The ship operates in both Polar regions alternating between the North and South during the summer seasons.

Overview of the Antarctic Adventure

To start with: we should have done this about 10 years ago. The trip is a genuine exploration – definitely Not a cruise as we've become used to.
The level of fitness required to participate fully is at a much higher level than we are. There is a need for a high level of agility to confidently get into and out of the zodiacs. Once on the land (gravel, rock or ice) you need a degree of balance and surefooted-ness that I no longer posses.

Dressing to go ashore is a challenge for me, getting boots on, finding the start of zipper for the parka and the whole process takes me at least twice as long as anyone else.

The long trips on the zodiac are extremely uncomfortable for me, the seating is hard and there's little chance of voluntary movement. The need to hold onto the safety ropes effectively locks me into place and with my limited flexibility I don't get to see half of what is available.

The schedule is totally flexible dependant on weather and ice conditions aiming to undertake at least two outings every day. The zodiac drivers are truly amazing and whilst safety is paramount they make sure there is an element of excitement.

The staff are universally extremely knowledgeable and highly qualified. There are three main groups;
the Hotel staff that look after the accommodation and catering
the Deck staff who operate the ship and
the Expedition staff who provide the lectures, drive the zodiacs and organise the landings.

Overall the organisation was excellent, highly efficient with minimal staff.

Hope to post more details over the next week or so.

Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 18:53 Archived in Antarctica

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