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Princess going to Antarctica
Got this from the front page of CM - Royal Princess will be doing a 24 day cruise from Capetown to Santiago on 12/19/03 going to Antarctia - stopping at Tristan da Cunha, Elephant Island, Esperanza Station, Deception Island, Intercurrence Island, Sigma Island, the Falklands, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt. Anyone else intersted besides me (not that I would be able to go, but.....)?
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Saw this and checked web site (which lacks fares) and called Princess. Disappointed that this itinerary doesn't stop at S. Georgia Island since that is not that far out of the way given they are coming from Cape Town. Asked for brochure but was told was not available yet. Need to find out if they are going to put zodiacs on board for shore excursions and also how they are going to handle shore excursions in Antarctica since regulations limit to no more than 100 ashore at any one time.
Can't wait for further info and brochure to be available!!!
I would be very surprised if a ship that large will make any landings in Antarctica. Oftentimes when a ship of that size goes to Antarctica, they will sail amongst the islands, but no one goes ashore.
To quote the news release from Princess's website: "Royal Princess will then sail among the islands and channels surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula, including Elephant Island, Esperanza Station, Deception Island, Intercurrence Island and Sigma Island (subject to weather and ice conditions)."
I've been wanting to go to Antarctica also, but I wouldn't take an itinerary that gets me that close and won't let me off the ship!
Currently, I think the largest ship that goes to Antarctica and makes zodiac landings ashore is Orient Lines' "Marco Polo".
When Marco Polo does Antarctica she sails with only one-half of the normal passenger complement.
According to the owner -- with whom we had the pleasure of sailing from Melbourne to Sydney -- the worst job on the ship is Zodiac Guy. Once the passengers come back from doing the Penguin Polka, all the boots (supplied) have to be washed off before they board the ship THEN the Zodiacs have to be washed out. Yeech !!!
Apparently, penguins are prolofic producers of poo !!!
I've heard that penguin poo is some pretty stinky stuff! Peeeeeee-yeeeeeewwww! (Can you see me holding my nose?) If a penguin is a prolific producer of poo, is a phlamingo phrolicker a phestidious phormulator of pheces? Sorry, I know that was bad, but I couldn't resist... :-)
Anyway, I had heard about the Marco Polo only visiting Antarctica with half their normal compliment of passengers. If their normal passenger capacity is 700, that means their Antarctica passenger list would include at most 350.
The Royal Princess has a passenger capacity of 1200, which makes me think it's even less likely they would do any Antarctic landings.
I hope if I ever get to cruise to Antarctica, I'll make sure my shipboard tab is paid in full so I don't get stuck with the job of washing out the Zodiacs filled with putrid penguin poo. Hey, maybe if they threatened folks with that job if they don't pay up their tab on time, disembarkation would go much faster!
I guess we're both still searching for the perfect antarctica excursion. When I researched this for possibly going this year, I found that the Hanseatic, World Discoverer and Clipper Adventurer all had good accomodations, good food, good itineraries, and a reasonable price. Only Hanseatic and World Discoverer had queen cabins. Marco Polo, even with only 350 passengers, can only put 1/4 of its passengers ashore at any one time. Also, you had to upgrade several categories of staterooms to get a room comparable to the Hanseatic or World Discoverer. Based on my research, Hanseatic was by far the best value.
You know I am disappointed that it appears that Hanseatic is not going to do S Georgia Island in 04. Since I have conflicts with going in Jan 05, I am now looking at alternatives including World Discoverer or Hanseatic when it is run by Hapag-Lloyd.
So sad to hear that when the Hanseatic does go to Antarctica, we might not be shipmates! Good luck on your continuing search for the best Antarctic cruise. I really wanted to do South Georgia in 2004 also, but guess I'll have to be patient and wait for Radisson to do South Georgia in 2005. Whenever you do go to Antarctica in 2004, I beg of you to write a comprehensive review for folks like me who are agonizingly waiting for Radisson to come around and present the "perfect Antarctic cruise". :-)