Antarctica Journals

My trip to Antarctica

Best of IgoUgo

A February 2001 trip to Antarctica by DeAnn

Sunset in Antarctica Photo, More Photos
Quote: If you love wildlife and natural beauty then you will love Antarctica. It was the best trip I have done so far, absolutely amazing. I highly recommend the trip.

My trip to Antarctica

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Chinstrap Penguing Photo,
Quote:
Best things: The penguins, they were so fun to watch, very entertaining. I could watch them for hours. The barbecue on deck. Watching the sunset. Bathing in the hot springs on Deception Island. The great mixture of people on the boat. The crew. The food. Memorable moments: The smell of penguin poop. Crossing the Drake Passage. Quick Tips: I would recommend going on a smaller ship as it gives you more time on shore. The zodiacs only hold about 12 people, so on a larger ship this would mean more time spent loading, less time on shore. Also there is a limit to how many people can be ashore, I think it is between 100 - 150 people. So if you are on a larger ship, you might spend your...Read More

Tyne Beach Resort

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Professor Multanovskiy / Quark Expeditions"

Tyne Beach Resort Photo, Freeport, Bahamas
Quote:
Read my entry on how I saved $1500 on this cruise. The regular price is actually about $4,000 for 10 days. The accommodations were wonderful. A lot more than what I was expecting. I paid a last-minute price and had a twin room without a bath. I was a bit worried about having to share with others. But I only had to wait once for a shower, and that was after getting back from the Thermal Springs on Deception Island, obviously everyone wanted to shower at the same time. The rooms were spacious, and there was a sink in each room. The beds were very comfortable. It was absolute luxury after traveling on a budget through South America!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2001

Tyne Beach Resort
Gloverlane
Freeport, Bahamas
242 352-7013

Professor Multanovsky / Quark Expeditions

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
The food aboard the Professor Multanovskiy was excellent. Breakfast was served buffet style. There were always at least two hot entrees, different cereals, fruit, toast, juices, tea and coffee. You had a choice of at least 2 or 3 entrees for lunch and dinner, usually meat, chicken or fish and a vegetarian dish. You would check of the night before what you wanted for lunch and dinner. Lunch was a three-course meal, salad, entree and dessert. Dinner was usually four courses, appetizer or salad, soup, entree and dessert. Drinks were not included, but plenty of water was provided. An afternoon tea was also served around 4pm which included, juices, coffee, tea and pastries or cookies. All your f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2001

Professor Multanovskiy / Quark Expeditions

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Zodiac Cruising Photo,
Quote:
The first two to three days are spent crossing the Drake Passage, although it could take longer depending on the weather conditions. Once you reach the South Shetland Islands your adventure begins. The next four days are spent visiting various islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. You have about two to three landings a day. There are also lectures and slide shows given by the very knowledgeable naturalists. Informative videos are also shown. There is always something to do. You are always welcome in the bridge, which is one of the best (and warmest) spots to look for whales.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2001

Quote:
Crossing the Drake Passage is quite an experience. I wore a seasickness patch, but still felt ill. Most of the passengers were seasick. Only one passenger didn't take any sort of medication to help with the rough seas. The patch wasn't enough for me. The onboard doctor gave me an additional pill to take. I basically slept most of the first two days. I would try to make it to meals, but only lasted long enough to grab some crackers or maybe have some soup. Luckily I was able to keep down what little food I ate. I just felt nauseous and it felt a lot better to just lie down in bed. I think I was about average on the scale of how seasick I was. The onboard doctor told me that there were some pas...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 6, 2001

Quote:
I have always wanted to go to Antarctica but it is so expensive! I recently spent about 5 months traveling in South America. While in Peru I met someone who had just been to Antarctica. He told me about how he got this great last-minute deal and I was instantly sold on the idea. I rushed down to Ushuaia, Argentina to try and get on a boat before the season ended. There were about 4 different travel agencies advertising last-minute prices for two different ships within the next 10 days. One was for about $1600 for 9 days on a ship holding about 120 passengers and the other was for $2500 for 10 days and with a maximum of 48 passengers. I decided to spend the extra money and go on a smaller ship. I...Read More