#4 Posted : Monday, March 10, 2014 6:12:21 PM
We went to the Antarctic on the January 29th departure…what a great experience…better than we ever imagined and we had high expectations to start with! Several observations to add to those already posted: Indeed, use [b]Ship to Shore as recommended…excellent service! Don't worry if you order the wrong size…they will have extra boots to try for the right fit before you leave Ushuaia…and it was easy to order/return on the boat and had our refund within the month.
Absolutely get trekking poles before you go to the Antarctic…I don't care how steady you are, the rocks are icy, uneven and can be treacherous. The snow can be deep and even with a pole (needed two), I "sat down" more than once! The gift shop will have a few but you will pay 3x what you can get them online. Excellent purchase (I got the Leki brand ($69) and it was worth it!
Other piece of advice…luggage is definitely weighed…40# flying from Buenos Aires on LAN and they mean it. What I wasn't prepared for was a big tote bag to carry on…they don't weigh them and can be stored in overhead or under the seat. Life would have been simpler if I had only known this secret! Coming back to BA from Ushuaia, it was the opposite…fill up your big suitcase, weight doesn't matter and keep your carry on light (LAN weighs it on your return). Just be prepared…it works!
Clothing tips: the big red parkas are great…and very warm! Waterproof pants are a must…I got warm ones, not just the lined ones! Don't bring lots of heavy sweaters/jackets…the ship is warm and so are the cabins. It is fun to have a pretty top or two for the Captains dinners…Tom wore a sport coat and was glad he did for the night in BA and the two Captains dinners. About 35% of the men wore jackets…the tour directors did not…they just wore "clean clothes" as short Bill put it.
We were blessed with three wonderful tour directors…tall Bill, short Bill and beautiful Allison. Great trio…excellent directors. The Captain and his crew and the staff are excellent on the LeBoreal…hope to sail with them again.
It was a fantastic voyage…we had superb weather, fantastic sightings, got to sail to the Antarctic Circle…11 Zodiak landings…whales abounded, seals sunbathed on icebergs, penguins were everywhere. Wow! Even had a champagne party on an ice floe…doesn't get more spectacular. We are ready to go again.
Let me know if I can answer any other questions…just don't miss this trip!!!
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