Posted October 23rd, 2008, 07:19 PM
WildEye, I hope you write a review when you return. We will actually be in the Antarctic at the same time as you (on another ship) and heard about both the Fram and the itinerary to Marguerite Bay after we were already booked (2 years in advance). When I heard that ths itinerary on Fram included going to see Emperor Penguins (it's Emperor and not King, correct?), I was totally bummed out I was not on your ship. Someone who posted to me who works in the area replied to me at the time that it was really unlikely you would either get there or actually see these large Penguins and thought it was a marketing ploy to sell the itinerary.
We booked this trip as soon as i found out about it. Strange thing is that I had to go on the US website of Hurtigrute to find the information. The Norwegian pages are not very informative regarding the Antarctica trips. Due to budget limitations, we are getting one of the smaller cabins. I figure we will spend enough time on deck and in the lounge.
I plan on taking lots of pictures (ofc) and I think some kind of review will probably not be to far off. Brining my laptop on the journey, so the "downtime" will be spent wisely.
The documentation we have gotten points out that there will not be any landings in the Marguerite Bay area, where the penguin colonies are at least - enviomental reasons. I think its unlikely we will see emperor penguins. Thats not the main reason we selected that trip though. This trip will spend roughly double the amount of time in the arctic as the other Hurtigruten trips, for a small additional price. Would have loved to visit South Georgia and the Falklands, but one cannot have everything...
I hope they are wrong for your sake, and want to hear when you return if you see these Penguins. I also wish the ship we are on would head to this colony as well.
Sure would be nice to see them, but its not a deal breaker if we don't. Being realistic will make the event that much better if we do actually see them.
Do you have any information on the location and how long it takes to get Marguerite Bay since I haven't heard of any other ships going there?
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Day 2: Ushuaia - embarking
Day 3-4: Drake passage
Day 4-12: Antarctica
* it does not list in detail what sailing order or how long it will take, but points of interest include Marguerite Bay, crossing the southern polar circle 66*33'south, possible visits to Base E (British), Rothera Base (US) both these are in the Marguerite bay area, Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, Paradise Harbour, Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island, Port Lockroy, Whilhelmina Bay, Antarctic Sound and Brown Bluff.
With the added 3-4 days compared to the "normal" cruises, the chance to see most if not all these locations is much higher.
Day 12-13: Drake passage
Day 14 disembarking - Ushuaia
Day 15 Buenos Aires