Just returned from 16 nights aboard Le Soleal. Big plus were our stops on South Georgia Island( that's where you really experience wildlife). Ship was very comfortable with only 200 passengers maximum for Antarctic "Expedition".

We selected a mid ship cabin on deck 5 and it was a good choice( the bridge is on deck 5 and there is an open bridge policy) Key is mid-ship as you will experience some period of rough seas. Passengers about split with 80 French /80 Aussies with 21 Americans, rest from all parts of the globe. As this is an "Expedition", safety is the key and no specific stops are guaranteed.

Food, free beverages (hot and alcoholic) and entertainment all exceeded our expectations. Laundry service, TV options, and internet all workable benefits. Ship provided boots and parkas which made packing easy. The only major change I would explore would be to see if there was an option to fly to Ushuaia independently one of two days prior to embarkation. That first day with very early flight from Buenos Aires was very long and tiring.

Follow expedition clothing packing tips especially the water proof trousers or overpants. A must for the numerous zodiac rides and landing. Were surprised that many people brought clothing for the "Black and White" semi-formal night. Approximately 80% of men had a coat and tie. Not to worry as the buffet on deck 6 did not have a dress code beyond sensible. Overall very satisfied with the experience and value we received. Will answer your questions LTCUSARMY at aol.com
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