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  1. There were just under 400 passengers when we went, although capacity is 500. I’m not sure there’s much of a difference between 500 and 378 in Antarctica. Both ships would be restricted to the same landing sites (neither can go to the sub-200 or sub-100 passenger sites) and neither is going to have time for more than one landing per day. My only question to Viking would be how much zodiac cruising they do; Roald Amundsen did very little (which is odd because Midnatsol last winter seemed to be doing a lot). The giant screen did not have speakers when we went. If you’re lo
  2. In that case, you can get 11 actual days in Antarctica on Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen starting at $10,000 pp. It’s a ship that just started sailing in 2019 and the rooms are big.
  3. I didn't mean for me. I meant for the OP. 🙂 I was wondering if Viking sails with less than full capacity (maybe under 200 passengers) and that's why it's so expensive. Even under 200 passengers would be a lot better. We went to Antarctica on a ship that ended up having about 400 passengers and did so only because the price was so right (under $5,000/pp for Hurtigruten Roald Amundsen) for seven days in Antarctica (it turned out to be eight). We had a great time, but I don't think I'd pay much more than that for a one-landing-a-day cruise, and we're planning to go back on a much smaller ship to
  4. Just my two cents, but I just looked at the Antarctica cruise on Viking. It's seven days in Antarctica and maybe six since the itinerary shows only one day on the Drake, which seems unlikely. Also, are they sailing at full capacity? If so, a bottom price of $15,000/person seems like a lot of money for 6/7 days in Antarctica with one landing a day, 100 going ashore at a time. Am I missing something?
  5. My wife and I sailed on Hurtigruten from Chile to the Falklands and back to Chile late January 2020. The ship is beautiful with big, open public spaces. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and informative. Everything, including the landings, went seamlessly. The expedition staff clearly loves what they do and are extremely knowledgeable and passionate. We didn’t love the food, but I think that was because on a cruise such as this one, all of the food is frozen. There are no ports where they can stock up (unlike in Norway, where we thought the food on Hurtigruten was very good).
  6. Close enough to touch on the Coral Princess? We were on a ship a quarter of the size and never got close enough to touch unless we were on land or in a Zodiac. Do you mean in South America?
  7. We just got back. We were on the January 26 Antarctica/Falklands sailing. I'll post a complete review, but in keeping with the topic of this thread: • There were 396 passengers on-board. We were split into five landing groups. Landings ranged from 45 minutes to 1 hour, 15 minutes and were very well organized. • We landed five times in Antarctica: Half Moon Island and Deception Island in the South Shetlands, Brown Bluff on the Peninsula, Danco Island and Petermann Island off the Peninsula. • We did ice cruising in their zodiac-type boats once, near the Erebus and Terror Gu
  8. Congratulations, Bob. We just got off of Roald Amundsen and had a great time. The ship is beautiful, the staff is great and Antarctica is beyond words. I think you made a good choice. We also got an offer we couldn't refuse on RA, and although I know some passengers paid twice what we paid (which, in my mind, was way too much for a one-landing-a-day expedition), for what we paid, it was perfect. One thing that never occurred to me until we got to Antarctica was that although penguin colonies are large, penguins themselves are small and, I would imagine, hard to experien
  9. It was pretty easy, and Lofoten is worth a stop of more than a few days. Booking port to port on Hurtigruten.no is easy, too.
  10. We went from Bergen to Kirkenes on Nordnorge. We booked that separately because the UK site was having a sale. That was on Nordnorge. We stayed on Nordnorge, booked port to port, down to Svolvaer. That was for an unspecified cabin, but they let us stay in our original cabin. Then we spent a week in Lofoten and booked port to port for two nights to Trondheim. From there, we took a train to Oslo.
  11. Try Google Chrome. It'll automatically translate it for you, but you're right: a VPN works.
  12. Gurnee2, I can tell from your writing how special you thought it was. We can’t wait to go. We’re on the January 26 departure and fully expecting it to be great. Thanks for all the details. We’re hoping to go kayaking. Thinking about snowshoeing, too, although we’ve never done it. We will report back. The most-recent reviews on Cruise Critic are very positive.
  13. Thanks for reporting back, Gurnee2. That's great to hear. Was any zodiac cruising included in addition to the landings? I saw from somebody's postings on Facebook that Midnstsol did a landing and zodiac cruising most days.
  14. Thanks for posting. Sounds like you had a wonderful time despite the early problems. Can you speak a little more about the experience in Antarctica? Was kayaking offered? How about small boat cruising? What were the optional activities in Antarctica, and did you do any? Thanks!
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