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Trip Report Review of Trip on Nat Geo Explorer - Antarctica,So. Georgia, and Falklands

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Took this cruise Feb/Mar of 2015. Overall a fantastic trip lead by great crew and Naturalists on board. We had good weather going to Antarctica and great landings in Antarctica. Weather is variable as expected but nothing severe. Hard to complain about the Antarctica part of trip.
Visit to South Georgia is all about the wildlife. Yes you see it in Antarctica but it is in large volumes in S. G. Penguins, arctic seals, and birds. Again weather is the major issue to deal with. Yes we visited the Falkland Islands but found this to be a big letdown. Scenery is nothing to write home about and city of Stanley has some history and a few historic buildings but generally really not worth the visit. Cruise ships visit here to break up the trip back to the home port. Did see Rock Hopper penguins but other than that not much to comment on.

We were on the Nat Geo Explorer and it is a very nice ship. Food is outstanding. Cabins are very nice and crew outstanding. Peter Hillary was on Board and is a fantastic speaker and genuinely nice guy to talk with one on one.
A few nit picks - The Nat Geo Photographer on board, Chris Rainer was a dud. He had his family with him and that was his major concern. Waste of effort to advertise him. Some of the presentations by Naturalists were average to uninteresting. Size of the audience can inform them of the interest. Other presentations were very good. They seem to let the Naturalists dictate presentations.
Yes you get a jacket to wear but have to rent boots if you do not bring them. Many of their competitors supply boots. For the premium price Lindblad charges they should supply boots.

Overall a fantastic trip. Yes Lindblad is expensive but hard to object to overall experience.

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