Posted May 1st, 2012, 08:45 AM
Last edited by BORDER REIVER; May 1st, 2012 at 08:49 AM
I have booked an aft AQ balcony cabin for our 2014 Antarctic cruise with Celebrity too. I am really looking forward to this once in a lifetime cruise. But some posters seem look down on this large ship cruising as "sail by" cruise, implied it is not really consider an Antarctic cruise. Well, to me "sail by" cruising is better than not cruising to this part of the world.
I believe you did the right thing by booking a balcony cabin. We sailed on a big ship to Greenland, Iceland and Norway and mostly we spent time up on deck, going from side to side to see all the scenery in what was beautiful weather. However, it was wonderful to be able to get straight out of bed on a clear Arctic morning, go onto the balcony with a cup of tea and watch icebergs glide past in the blue waters, as well as view towering mountains and glaciers. The balcony was also convenient when we were relaxing before dinner in the evenings, just being able to have a look outside and take photos, rather than having to keep going up on deck. A balcony is also good for port days as you can relax in your own space and watch all that is going on.
I also fully understand why others would want an expedition type cruise. We were able to leave the ship in Greenland and enjoy a trip on a local boat, right up the fjords at speed, to view mountains, glaciers and icebergs close-up. It certainly gave us a taste for adventure, and our Antarctic trip will be on an expedition ship.