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ARGENTINA / FALKLAND ISLANDS / ANTARCTICA

Adventures Afloat: Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

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Paula Wright Jun 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Vivian, there were so many wonderful moments on the Expedition. You can imagine it, but only when you have been there can you feel the awe that is Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. To see penguins and albatros living together, wandering about; and standing in the middle of thousands of gigantic elephant seals is just a small part of the experience.
Bring lots of batteries for your camera, because you will be doing a lot of clicking away.
By the way, the food on the ship is wonderful!! I wrote a song while on the ship that got sung at the end, which captured the essence of the trip. I'm excited just knowing that others will have the same great experiences.
Vivian Sousa Jun 25, 2014 at 04:09 PM

When doing this trip was it the same time frame? mid-oct to beginning of nov? were you able to go on shore and reach landing areas or was there still to much snow.....i learned that whales migrate in later in the summer like january....that's okay but we will see penguins and seals right?.
Paula Wright Jun 25, 2014 at 04:35 PM

Yes, the exact same time frame. Actually, we were about the 1st ship down there. According to the Captain, we made more successful landings than any other expedition had, that he knew of. We made 85 % of our planned landings. And if there were some that we couldn't make, they would go somewhere else, where we could. Just an amazing Captain and crew, and trip. We saw about 1.2 million penguins....or more, and 100,000's of seals. That doesn't even include all the amazing sea birds. I think we saw 6 kinds of penguins, and 3 or 4 kinds of seals
Vivian Sousa Jun 25, 2014 at 06:45 PM

Thanks Paula I think this will convince my friends that this is the trip we want. Was Drake passage difficult? Did you bring seasick stuff with you....although i'm not sure if that stuff works....
Paula Wright Jun 25, 2014 at 07:07 PM

Vivian, the Drake Passage and a few other places were "ACTIVE". I didn't get seasick, but a few folks did. But, the Dr. on board walked from table to table handing out seasick pills. You just have to be careful walking, and put your leg to the side at dinner. I was worried before I went, but had no problem. It was an adventure. We hit a few big storms, one with 90mph winds that actually broke the steel flag pole, but it was fun. My room was in the front of the boat (bow), so we got a lot of wave action. I never slept better, it was like being rocked to sleep. Bring some candied ginger or ginger pills....tastes great and works well. I'm planning on going back in the not too distant future, if I can.


Paula Wright Jun 11, 2014 at 01:46 PM

Oh, Vivian. If you are thinking about taking this trip, DO IT! It is the trip of a lifetime. Where else can you stand amongst 300,000 - 400,000 penguins at one time, and walk amid seals and albatros and other types of birds. There is nothing else like it in this world. I wish I could show you my photos.
Also, the time at sea is full of bird and whale watching on deck, education below deck, and meeting lots of wonderful folks from all over. The crew is amazing, and the experts on board are so knowledgeable it will make your head spin. I could go on for hours, but I think you get the drift. Be more than happy to talk more, if you wish.


Joan Asprakis Aug 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM

Hi. I did call about the parka and found that we get one for free but have to call in our size. The number is 866-359-5966.
George Friedman Aug 25, 2013 at 06:12 PM

Hi Joan --thanks much for the post --sorry for the delay, life is nutsy. I'll give you a call on your cell first chance. Aloha, George


Joan Asprakis Aug 23, 2013 at 01:54 PM

Hi, again. Is anyone taking a parka? It's not listed in the packing list but I've seen that other tours provide them.


Joan Asprakis Aug 14, 2013 at 06:05 PM

HI, George et al. I'm leaving on the 13th to fly to Miami from Phila., PA to see one of my sons before flying to Buenos Aires. I got natural meds for malaria and yellow fever as I'm avoiding prescription meds as much as possible. I've also gotten a natural insect repellent and am looking into insect repellent clothing.
As far as Antactica, packing all the gear we need will be a challenge. I've read online that snow goggles are better than sunglasses as it may be wet and windy. Also, wristbands for seasickness and ginger lozenges as well as over the counter meds are going into my suitcase. I found if you do a search for the ship, you'll come up with comments and feedback from other travelers who have gone on our ship to Antarctica. Their insight has been useful in making my packing list, etc. I recently got an iphone to save space as I can take pics with it.
Thanks for listing your numbers. My cell # is 267-265-6744.


Joan Asprakis Jul 28, 2013 at 09:34 PM

Hi. I'm going on the Iguazu Falls extension on the 14th and then on to Antarctica. Is anyone flying down from Miami on the 14th?
I'd like to meet up and make the connection together. I'm really looking forward to seeing the Falls. Have you gotten malaria and yellow fever meds, George?
George Friedman Aug 04, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Joan et al, I'm scheduled to leave Maui 7 Oct to spend a few days in NJ before going to Miami on 13 Oct to hang briefly with one set of kids. Lets talk about beginning the journey to Deep Freeze! I did Yellow Fever last year before paddling up the Amazon and I don't do Malaria prophylacticly anymore. These by the by are not required for Argentina. I just read Shackleton's journal and think i should probably supplement my surf shorts and slippers with some winter wear. Aloha, George home: 808-878-3002; office 808-244-5500


Paula Wright Jul 03, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Looking for others going on the Oct. Antarctic Peninsula, etc. trip.
George Friedman Jul 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Paula, you may have found one! I'm looking forward to heading to Iguazu 14, October and onto Buenos Aries to hop on the MS Expedition. Aloha, George


George Friedman Jun 23, 2013 at 09:42 PM

Dean --I hear we're sailing to Antarctica together. Call me, George (808-878-3002)


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