MS Expedition Reviews
Awesome Boat, Awesome Location, Awesome Crew Mar 23, 2011
Cruised on this boat to Antarctica.. UNBELIEVABLE. Clearly one of the better ships going down there (not to be confused with some Posh boat full of rich people). Modern inside and spacious. Crew are magnificent from the expedition staff to the service staff. 20 of us are planning an Arctic trip on the boat, which speaks volumes for how good it was!
2. Laundry. Can't really comment except the laundry on the boat is expensive. But when you do your engine room tour at the end you'll see why. I stayed at a hostel for a few nights before, which did a full laundry load for only 20 Pesos or $7. so that was good. I would recommend anyone who had been travelling for a while to head to a hostel. I found the people at Antarctica Hostel very very helpful, so I recomment that hostel. It's slightly off to the side of downtown away from the street, but not noisy at all. But there are a two big stripclub brothels (discreet, except for the tango signs) in the same street (Avenida Antartida)
Pre departure hotel Hotel Ushuaia is crap in my opinion. It might have been a grand hotel in the 1980's, but the staff aren't friendly, the restaurant and bar hardly open. The Wifi kept dropping in and out on us.. Not even Tea or Coffee in the room either. Despite being seriously uphill, it is only a 10 Peso tax ride from anywhere downtown. and for those that want to hike to the glaciar, it's already on the way.
Fitness Room - don't get too excited about the facilities on the boat. It's very basic, but your cruising Antarctic.. , but the rower wasn't the best, but was ok. But unless you are a SERIOUS workout buff, your best to spend your time on deck looking at scenery, or talking to others. Some try to use it on the drake which is ok in calm conditions, but I challenge anyone to run on a treadmill when your boat is gettnig rocked and rolled by big waves
The GREAT news is that once onboard the boat, EVERYTHING is great, and it's 100% english speaking. So leave Ushuaia annoyances in Ushuaia, as the people who run the boat, are not the same as those that organise the Ushuaia part.
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