I am thoroughly impressed with this trip and its realisation by Oceanwide, and I consider myself very lucky to have been able to experience Antarctica this way. We booked through our local travel agent to get flights included in the package, and read through all the descriptions and reviews, but this trip exceeded our expectations in every way. We understood that once in Antarctica, the possibilities in trip was heavily weather dependent, but we didn't expect that the staff and guides would be so invested in giving us the best experience possible in the conditions, and didn't realise that they had the freedom and a wealth of experience to change the itinerary and make the best out of every day. We did end up having the best weather we could have had, and enjoyed every moment aboard Plancius - except the Drake Passage, where even with medication, I vomited for a day and half straight. I can't say enough praise for Pippa, George, Koen, Steffi, Carina, Marco, Brian, Tanja, Patricia, Owain and Dave for their wealth of knowledge, dedication, and friendliness. There was a wonderful vibe on the ship from all staff. To make the most of it, the trip can be truly fantastic with the right attitude
The trip was absolute perfection. The staff are wonderful and the excursions are fun. Really not a single complaint about that aspect of the trip. The one complaint I do have is that they don't test for Covid and someone clearly had it on our ship because the last day I contracted it and now the whole family is suffering. It wouldn't be too much to ask to test 150 people since it's a cruise that lasts two weeks.
This was the trip of a lifetime. We got to participate in so many outdoor activities with a phenomenal crew. Kayaking, mountaineering, camping, and snowshoeing... this is the way to see Antarctica! The crew really tried with providing vegan food options, but even with 7 vegans on board, there was an issue with providing enough calories given the food, limited dining times and lack of vegan snacks/desserts when others had them. There were almost no vegan proteins on board and the kitchen did not seem equipped with providing enough calories or finding another solution, despite repeated questioning. This made the cruise hard for us. Also, when one of us was injured on a Zodiac, we realized there was really no medicine or medical supplies on board. This is probably pretty standard for smaller Antarctica cruises though, so if something goes wrong, you're pretty much stuck (unless it's so bad that you need an evacuation). The doctor mentioned being able to tape some things together for a bad break and similar. Overall, this really was the best way to do this trip with so many activities and so much wildlife, including whales, penguins, and birds. Everyone on board was phenomenal. Enjoy!