I wouldn't describe Fram as 'something close to a traditional cruise but with shore landings' or feeling 'pretty much like a small cruise ship'. She may not be spartan, but there's very little that's 'cruise-like' about her. And it's certainly possible to 'bundle up and go out on deck to enjoy the view': it's what I do.

It's true that 'NatGeo/Lindblad is often considered the crème de la crème of Antarctic expedition cruises, and as such, it's often among the most expensive' but the savings we have made on our Fram cruises have made a significant contribution to further cruises without diluting the expedition experience too much: on our most recent trip we landed on Point Wild. That doesn't happen very often on any of the ships!