Antarctica cruising ?

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#1
orlando,florida usa
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Joined Jun 2003
We are thinking of taking one of two cruises which cruise around Antarctica. One cruises takes about 3-4 hrs cruising each island and another takes closer to 6 hrs. cruising each island. How much time do you really need to cruise around Antarctica? THank you in advance.
#2
england
469 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
Are you talking about "big ship" cruising that does not use small boats to get on land ? or expedition type cruises ? To do Antarctica with landings & see a reasonable amount of the place you need 5 full days down there + the Drake passage crossing time. It is a fantastic experience, do not miss it!
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#4
Eastland County,Texas
1,637 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
We are thinking of going on a ship that holds 650 - 750 passengers. I'm not sure if that's a "big" ship or a "small" ship! It's all relative, isn't it?
#5
Goshen, IN
496 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
In January 2006, we took the Rotterdam from Valparaiso to Rio. We sailed 3 days within the Antarctic. Beautiful. We had excellent weather, unlike the prior cruise. I just read about a cruise on an icebreaker that I think was 2 weeks cruising the Antarctic, with getting off the ship, etc. At first we thought about doing that, but with all the gear we would have had to take and the extra expense, we opted out. Then when we saw the NASA scientists arriving on Zodiacs from Palmer Station to lecture on our trip, I was confirmed that that was not my style---cold, bumpy ride, etc., etc. I felt like we were within Antarctica for 3 days and although beautiful, it was fine. I won't say it was enough because it was so awesome, but to do the smaller ships, I'm not sure about that. Chances are that if it is frozen over as the Lemaire Channel was for us, the smaller ships won't get through and will have to go to plan C, D, E, etc. Often the Rotterdam might get down to plan M, but for us, I think we got to plan D based on the ice conditions. The Rotterdam had an ice pilot on board at all times along with the HAL captain. He made the decisions. When we returned last year, there were others on Princess, I believe that wrote in they were jealous of us on the Rotterdam because we got to go so much closer.
#6
Melbourne, Australia
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Joined Sep 2002
We were on the Regal Princess this year in January and spent 4 days in Antarctica. We had very very rough weather going down the Drake Passage, besides a lot of the passengers being ill, a large percentage of the crew were as well, but once we got to the Peninsula we had perfect weather, sunny days and very little wind.

We also had an ice pilot on board as well as 5 Scientists who gave us wonderful lectures each day. I have taken some fantastic photos of this pristine area of the earth.

I have read reports of people going on the smaller ships and not being able to land due to the conditions. One does not know how they will be, we were unable to tender into the Falklands due to the weather but gladly forfeited that for beautiful weather we had down south. It is the luck of the draw. You could spend the entire time down there in fog where you wouldn't see a thing or in a blizzard.

When it was time to leave, we really left in a hurry as another low was coming close and the Captain did not want us to go through the same conditions we experienced on the way down.

Jennie
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#8
Melbourne, Australia
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Brahama,

The Regal Princess held around 1700 passengers and was 77000 tons.

Since being on her and then just recently the Veendam which has 1200 passengers and is around 55000 tons, we have decided not to cruise on the larger ships again so our next three cruises are all on ships with 650 passengers.

The ship you are looking at would be the perfect size for us. Is it an Oceania ship by any chance as we have booked a cruise on the Nautica for 2008, though to a different destination altogether. I have been on one of the sister ships to this (Tahitian Princess) and I must admit that I thought it moved more than the bigger ships. Luckily I don't get seasick so I am fine with whatever size ship I am on.


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2017 Sea Princess Sydney to Sydney via Hawaii, Tahiti & New Zealand
2017 Emerald Princess Sydney to New Caledonia & Vanuatu
2016 QM2 - New York to Southampton
2016 Marina - Papeete to New York
2016 Golden Princess Melbourne to New Zealand & Return
2015 Sun Princess - Brisbane to New Guinea
2015 Ocean Princess - Singapore to Cape Town
2015 Celebrity's Solstice - Sydney to New Caledonia & Vanuatu
2014 Diamond Princess - Kyushu & Onsens Mystery Cruise around Japan due to 2 typhoons
2014 Ocean Princess - Australia & Asia
2013 Noordam - Adriatic & Roman Explorer
2013 Ocean Princess - Land of the Midnight Sun
2013 Celebrity's Solstice - Auckland to Sydney
2012 Emerald Princess - New England Cruise Tour
2011 Royal Princess - Tahiti to Ft. Lauderdale via Sth America - Farewell Cruise
2010 Ocean Princess - Capetown to Dover - via West Africa
2009 Prinsendam - Athens to Ft. Lauderdale - Transatlantic
2009 Azamara's Quest - Hong Kong to Beijing - Far East Asia
2008 Tahitian Princess - Vancouver - Vancouver - Alaska in depth
2008 Oceania's Nautica - Hong Kong to Athens - the Pirate run!
2007 Tahitian Princess - Tahiti to Hawaii
2007 Pacific Princess - Sydney - Sydney - the Pacific Islands
2006 Veendam - Vancouver to Tampa via the Amazon
2006 Galapagos Explorer ll - Galapagos Islands
2006 Regal Princess - Rio de Janeiro to Valpariso via Antarctica
2005 Maasdam - Boston to Rotterdam via Greenland, Iceland & Norway
2004 Prinsendam - Athens to Venice via the Black Sea
2004 Tahitian Princess - Tahiti & the Cook Islands
2003 Noordam - Copenhagen to Rome
1999 Maasdam - Dover to Copenhagen via Russia (Baltic)
1995 Olympic - Greek Islands & Istanbul
1982 Oriana - Pacific Islands & New Zealand.

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September, 2017 - Scenic River Cruise - France 21 days
December 2017 - Southern Cross Explorer - Oceania's Regatta - 34 days