Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration - 2018

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Antarctica:Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Explorations

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Traveler:PAUL AND JERI FISET
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:5
Traveled:November 2016

ANTARCTICA:Penguins, Icebergs & polar Explorations was one of the best trips that we have been on. This trip completed our final continent so you know we are big travelers. Taking the trip with Vantage was great because we had the "very best" guide with us. "Nacho" was the best guide we have had with Vantage. He met all our needs and then some. We had contact with him (both email and a phone call from him) prior to the trip. Any questions that we threw at him he either answered immediately or checked into it and got back to us. We felt like we knew him even before we met him. He made our journey so much fun. And he is a superb photographer so we have all his pictures as well as our own in Dropbox.
Sailing on Hurtigruten was certainly an experience. We learned so much from the crew both in lectures and on the landings. They are passionate about their work and it showed. They even woke us up at 3:30 am to see whales. Scared us at first but then we realized how neat that was.
If you want an experience that will amaze you and make you realize how beautiful that continent is, this is the trip for you.
We also did the post extension to Isuassu Falls. Not to be missed.

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Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration

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Traveler:TRACY MAXWELL
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:November 2015

This was a trip of a lifetime. I have been travelling all over the world for 49 years. Nothing can compare to this experience. There is something magical about Antarctica. However one must be fit to be able to enjoy the full grandeur. I was fortunate to be able to camp out and snowshoe, as well as hike on the snow and ice. The Fram and Vantage did a great job of making the entire experience a most enjoyable one. Kudos to Patricio for doing a job above and beyond expectations. He took care of our group like a big brother, or in some cases, a doting grandson. He was very patient and courteous with everyone. He was also most informative, both before and during our voyage. I think we were very lucky to have Patricio as our Cruise Director.
The staff and crew of the Fram were also most accommodating . Eduardo and Randy in the dining room and Sherman in the bar stand out. Everyone was extremely helpful, including Roger of the cleaning staff in the Panoramic Lounge.
I would definitely recommend this trip to family and friends, and would consider going again, to experience Antarctica in a different season.

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Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration

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Traveler:James John Hoyt
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:January 2015

Truly the trip of a life time. As our tour Director Nacho first said, this is not a vacation, it is not a cruise,it is an expedition!. You will experience things that few in the world have ever seen. Always remember where you are. Be aware of your environment. Appreciate the silence. Cabins on the MV Fram are REALLY small. good food. Jackets, boots, life jackets a major pain to put on the first time but you get used to it. We were fortunate to have excellent weather. No problems going on Drake passage. Rough seas coming home. We had 12 landings and three excursions with the polar circle boats. Whales seals and more penguins that you ever want to see. Thank you Nacho.

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Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration

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Traveler:Mani Hejeebu
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:January 2015

It is an excellent trip which is memorable. Ms. Fram is excellent and the lectures given by the expedition team is also excellent. The trip extension to Iguassu falls is very nice. Tango show is also nice.

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Traveler:Humboldt & Sally Mandell
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:October 2012

This was many adventures in one. Just getting to Antarctica was a tale of survival, pain, and exhilaration. Once there, the experience was one which has to be felt: the extreme cold, the complex preparation for the explorations, the remoteness of the pristine surroundings, and the ubiquitous penguins of several types, are all things which can not be described well in words. Coming from a traveling couple who have done five continents, this was the adventure of a lifetime. Priceless, yet affordable.

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Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration

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Traveler: Sandra Schneidau
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:January 2011

This is the most wonderful place on earth. It is clean, peaceful and beautiful, with an amazing abundance of wildlife. Penguins number in the hundreds of thousands, and there are birds, seals, whales, huge icebergs, glaciers. So much about Antarctica is beyond description. I was there a few years ago and my great wish is to return, but I need a traveling companion who is willing and able to afford the trip, which is expensive. Next time I would like to include the Falklands and S. Georgia Island. This trip is well worth the cost. If someone is interested, I have many photographs which you may like to see.

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Traveler: Sandra Schneidau
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:January 2011

This is the most wonderful place on earth. It is clean, peaceful and beautiful, with an amazing abundance of wildlife. Penguins number in the hundreds of thousands, and there are birds, seals, whales, huge icebergs, glaciers. So much about Antarctica is beyond description. I was there a few years ago and my great wish is to return, but I need a traveling companion who is willing and able to afford the trip, which is expensive. Next time I would like to include the Falklands and S. Georgia Island. This trip is well worth the cost. If someone is interested, I have many photographs which you may like to see.

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Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration

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Traveler:Barrie & Mary Ann Rich
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:December 2009

What an amazing trip. To experience nature like this is unbelievable. A world so pristine and beautiful. The sights were astounding and the penguins (all varieties) were beautiful. It is their world and it should stay that way. The ship was great and we made friends from all over and keep in touch with some of them to this date.

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Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration

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Traveler:Barrie & Mary Ann Rich
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:December 2009

What an amazing trip. To experience nature like this is unbelievable. A world so pristine and beautiful. The sights were astounding and the penguins (all varieties) were beautiful. It is their world and it should stay that way. The ship was great and we made friends from all over and keep in touch with some of them to this date.

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Antarctica:Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Explorations

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Traveler:Gayle Butler
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:June 2009

Absolutely fantastic journey! I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to see the earth in its pristine state. Our program manager, Nacho, is the perfect person for the job--he should be cloned to be the program manager for every other Vantage trip!

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Antarctica:Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Explorations

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Traveler:Gayle Butler
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:June 2009

Absolutely fantastic journey! I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to see the earth in its pristine state. Our program manager, Nacho, is the perfect person for the job--he should be cloned to be the program manager for every other Vantage trip!

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