1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this trip because it offered 3 stops on South Georgia Island weather dependant and I felt there was a chance of at least getting one stop. As it happened we had five on shore excursions, one Zodiac cruise around a bay and another ... Read More
I chose this trip because it offered 3 stops on South Georgia Island weather dependant and I felt there was a chance of at least getting one stop. As it happened we had five on shore excursions, one Zodiac cruise around a bay and another ship cruise down a Fjord so that exceeded my expectations. I loved a lot of things about the ship, and the customer service was exceptionally good. However there was room for improvement and I noted a few ideas on my evaluation form. It is essential I say that the trip exceeded my expectations in more ways that I could ever have anticipated. My nit-picking centred around the following items: I expected more lectures would be scheduled and that lectures would be presented by seasoned experts; I wished for inexpensive and ‘on tap’ internet access; French food, as offered, was a limited cuisine and I wished for flavours such as those from Asia, the Middle East and Africa; occasionally foods were overcooked and inedible (but there was always more to choose from); the staff didn’t understand the difference between vegan and vegetarian; and the free Antarctic jackets were badly designed with unshielded pockets so rain soaked into them. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We always wanted to go to Antarctica but searched for a little more comfort than the typical icebreaker offered. Le Lyrial with its reinforced hull and 122 staterooms gave us that small ship feel to get us into all the little bays and ... Read More
We always wanted to go to Antarctica but searched for a little more comfort than the typical icebreaker offered. Le Lyrial with its reinforced hull and 122 staterooms gave us that small ship feel to get us into all the little bays and ports whilst travelling in style. Our window cabin (307) was the cheapest but, being designated "disabled", much larger than the standard balcony stateroom. Heaps of space. Dining location alternated depending on our mood between the a-la-cart Gastronomic on deck 2 and more casual Grill restaurant on deck 6. The food was wonderful. Interestingly it became necessary to reserve a table at the Grill for an evening meal, it was so popular. As you would expect, activities centred on the expedition nature of the cruise with a good dose of lectures from the many expedition crew members. French and English lectures were scheduled separately and were superb. With 2 zodiac trips, a day we didn't have much time for the evening entertainment so can't comment. Most spare time was spent just catching up with others in one of the 2 public rooms. An open bar made that a very pleasant pre-dinner ritual. The service on board was excellent, plenty of staff, some of whom we soon got to know quite well. We sensed, however, some tension between the French-speaking passengers and one senior Italian crew member where her french announcements weren't deemed adequate. The expedition crew were excellent and couldn't have done a better job of keeping us safe whilst finding the best possible landing sites. If landing was unsafe a revised location was quickly and seamlessly established. They then manned the zodiacs and made themselves available on-shore to answer the many questions we all wanted answering. The volume of wildlife was mindblowing. We all tried to stick to the flags marking a separation from the thousands of penguins, seals and birds but the animals don't know the rules and just come right up to you to investigate. One tip is to make sure that South Georgia is included in your Antarctic expedition. The Antarctic peninsular was great. South Georgia was amazing. Literally millions of wildlife. Read Less

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