Sunday, February 10, 2008

Antarctic Trip 15 Jan 08 09 Feb 08

We will be posting in the near future some of our pictures taken on this trip. We managed to see a great deal of wildlife on this adventure. The trip was, however, greatly marred by the ship M/S Andrea which is just not designed for travel in the Antarctic. Below is the comment that I felt necessary to post on

We just returned home from an Antarctic trip on this ship. The ship's hotel & dining staff were excellent, food above average, rooms adequate, itinerary standard for an Antarctic trip.
However, the ship was not designed for the Antarctic nor was the ship designed for rough seas. This ship should have remained a coastal supply ship in Norway. I have never been on any cruise where I do not believe one person stated that they would take this vessel again. We were a day late returning to Ushuaia, Argentina resulting in nearly all passengers needing to rebook flights home. No compensation from Elegant Cruises nor even an apology. Stated delay was weather related but failed to mention that the ships engine required repair twice at sea. One time the cooling oil pipe to the engine ruptured spilling over two hundred liters of oil in the engine room. Luckily, we were not near any of the rocky coasts nor was there an engine fire or we would have been another Explorer disaster. The ship is under powered, has no stabilizers, & should be taken out of service immediately.
In my opinion as a former USAF officer, this ship is a disaster waiting to happen. FOR INDIVIDUALS BE FOREWARNED!

For our friends interested in Antarctic travel, it is beautiful place to visit & there are fine ships that travel to the region. Elegant Cruises M/S Andrea is not one of them. When booking, we would suggest that you review the above website for updates from what other visitors thought about their ship.

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