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Dan & Susie M.

Olympia, WA
Sep 2017

Alaska aboard Baranof Dream

Expedition Ship Baranof Dream

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Jessica was great. She held that last deluxe suite for us as we made our final decision and even sent us options for other trips if the initial one we were interested in didn't work out. Even though Jessica said how amazing the trip would be, it still exceeded our expectations. Wildlife viewing was incredible and we had several opportunities to take out kayaks and DIB (Zodiac type water craft) for even closer viewing of wildlife and glaciers. We had one day of rain then clear or partly cloudy skies the rest of the tour, which is very rare for Alaska so we got a bonus. They even woke us up after midnight one evening as you could see the northern lights! We saw humpback whales bubble feeding, a killer whale pod, sea lions, otters, bears, mountain goats/sheep (?), eagles and so much more.

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Loren M.

Morton, IL
Jul 2017

North Pole

Icebreaker 50 Years of Victory

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The actual Pole visit was surprisingly fun although getting there is where the action is. Making landfall on several of the 192 Franz Joseph Land Islands was exciting and beautiful. For me seeing the wildlife—and especially the polar bears—kept me mystified. I've seen polar bears before, but it never gets old. They are such cute carnivores as they sniff the air sizing you up for a meal. If you're into ornithology, it's a birders paradise. You cannot give enough accolades to the knowledgeable, professional, and friendly staff.

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Terry D.

Vancouver, BC
Dec 2017

Galapagos Classic + Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Motor Yacht Beluga

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I found that the ExpeditionTrips staff returned e-mails in a timely manner, always answering questions posed, and behaved in a very businesslike manner. We would use ExpeditionTrips again for a future trip. The Beluga ship was very clean, well maintained, and had a well trained helpful crew. The Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu trip was first class and exceeded our expectations.

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Hiemi H.

Castle Rock, CO
Oct 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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South Georgia was the most memorable part of this expedition. We made five landings and even got to visit St Andrews and saw half million king penguins in one location. We did the Shackleton Hike and Maiviken to Grytviken Hike. We witnessed an Elephant seal pup being born. Antarctica was beyond amazing even at early season.


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Brandon W.

Waterloo, ON
Oct 2017

Antarctic Islands, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Expedition

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No words or pictures can tell you or anyone how truly amazing this vacation was. We made every single landing on Zodiac except for the last one in S.Georgia. This is apparently a rare thing to make as many landings as we did.

Of course South Georgia was my paradise considering my love for penguins, especially the king penguin. It was stunning, overwhelming and truly rivals the Serengetti as the most amazing place on earth for animal viewing in their natural habitat.

Antarctica blew me away more so than I expected. The icebergs and being so close to them was memorable.
The wildlife was surreal and the polar plunge is a memory I will always remember. 

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James L.

Milwaukee, WI
Oct 2017

Churchill – Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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The numerous polar bear sightings were the number one part of the experience. However, the learning opportunities about life in the Arctic region, for both animals and people, was a nice component as well.

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Edward H.

Farmington, UT
Sep 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Exceptional! Incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalists combined with the wildlife make this the trip of a lifetime.

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Pamela M.

Huntsville, UT
Sep 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Snorkeling with young sea lions was one of the most memorable moments—they we very friendly.

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Linda N.

Paramus, NJ
Sep 2017

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Santa Cruz II

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Beyond expectations. All staff and naturalists and crew were so friendly and helpful including the pangeras - so skillful in driving the pangas. My naturalist guide Eddy was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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Dan M.

Olympia, WA
Sep 2017

Alaska's Southeast Explorer

Expedition Ship Baranof Dream

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Wildlife viewing was incredible and we had several opportunities to take out kayaks and DIB (Zodiac type water craft) for even closer viewing of wildlife and glaciers. We had one day of rain then clear or partly cloudy skies the rest of the tour, which is very rare for Alaska so we got a bonus. They even woke us up after midnight one evening as you could see the northern lights! We saw humpback whales bubble feeding, a killer whale pod, sea lions, otters, bears, mountain goats/sheep (?), eagles and so much more.

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Mary S.

La Vista, NE
Aug 2017

Circumnavigation of Iceland

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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ExpeditionTrips was very responsive to any questions or requests I had. It feels more like having a friend plan your trip than using a travel agency. We saw a pod of orca in addition to other animals. The sites we visited were fascinating. The information given was very helpful and interesting. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable.

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Peter S.

Lynnwood, WA
Aug 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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The amazing staff was by far the most impressive thing about the cruise—even better than the amazing Galapagos themselves. They always seemed to be having fun and that is just infectious. It quickly rubbed off on our kids and set the tone for a fun week right from the first day. Also, the scheduling was perfect. Not too busy, but never a dull moment. We were tired when we were done but it was worth it. My kids want me to add that the food was excellent—and it really was.

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Peter K.

Corvallis, OR
Aug 2017

Big Picture Alaska

Expedition Ship National Geographic Sea Bird

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Wonderful scenery, memorable wildlife, jam-packed with activities, well organized, knowledgeable, and enjoyable staff. Taking the Big Picture cruise heightened our experience with photography opportunities and enthusiasm. Service and naturalist staff were wonderful—personable, knowledgeable, organized and approachable.

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Roland D.

Payson, AZ
Aug 2017

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Expedition Ship National Geographic Sea Lion

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Hiking in bear country and climbing Mt. Riley were the most memorable parts of this expedition.

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Melinda B.

Rancho Palos Verde, CA
Aug 2017

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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The magic of being on several pristine islands with diverse flora and fauna remains the highlight of our 5-day expedition. We were three generations—my son and his son, and I made the trip—and we all hiked together, swam together, dined together each meal and had the opportunity throughout the day and evening to talk, compare experiences and impressions, and enjoy each other. The service aboard La Pinta was extraordinary, from waiters knowing after the first day how we liked our coffee or water (still or fizzy), and guides who articulately explained what we would see the next day and who patiently walked with us on the daily excursions, explaining the animals' habits. The food aboard La Pinta was so lovely, so diverse, so exquisitely presented it was a pleasure to anticipate meals.

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Bryan D.

Fort Smith, AR
Jul 2017

Alaska – Glacier Bay National Park

Motor Yacht Safari Explorer

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The most memorable part of the trip was the professionals who helped us understand all of the unique things we were seeing and who went out of their way to make the voyage as fun and enjoyable. The food, staterooms and numerous extras were all FIRST CLASS.

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Judith M.

Fort Smith, AR
Jul 2017

Alaska's Glacier Bay

Motor Yacht Safari Explorer

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The most memorable parts of the expedition were the beauty of the land, the animals, the food (!), and the relationships with other travelers. The service was excellent on all counts. One of the most enjoyable trips of our lives. Cannot imagine more.

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Elizabeth S.

New Windsor, NY
Jul 2017

Svalbard Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

Expedition Ship Ocean Atlantic

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Kayaking was wonderful. The captain's handling of the ship to maximize viewing of polar bears was impressive. And the ship was well suited to the conditions, being able to access areas that other, less reinforced ships were not able to.

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MaryAnn D.

Geneva, IL
Jul 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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The wildlife, the terrain, the knowledge level of the naturalists, and how excited they are about their work, the helpful staff, comfortable cabins, good food, just the right number of activities, freedom to set your own schedule, things for everyone to enjoy and learn from regardless of age or physical ability—a wonderful experience for all ages. Our family group of 10 ranged from 10 to 75 years old, and we all loved every minute. ExpeditionTrips was very reliable; inspired confidence that everything was under control; friendly and personable. We scheduled a trip for 10 and they handled all requirements expertly.

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David S.

Thousand Oaks, CA
Jul 2017

Circumnavigation of Iceland

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Every day was a new adventure with spectacular natural wonders—Iceland is truly a land of fire and ice! But it was the warmth and talent of the Icelanders we met that was most memorable—from a wonderful musical performance on Flatey Island to meeting a family that makes their living on Vigur Island collecting Eider down to a lively theatrical performance at the world-class Herring Museum on Siglufjordur. The service was nonpariel! As a photographer I was especially impressed by the one-on-one attention of the NatGeo photographers. The expedition experts—Dagny, Alica, Javier, and Jacob—were very knowledgeable and personable. The captain and crew were amazing!

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Danaya S.

Bangkok, Thailand
Jul 2017

Wild Alaska Escape

Expedition Ship National Geographic Sea Bird

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The most memorable moment was the moment we saw the wildlife—bear in action, orca, and a bunch of humpback whales.

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Trudy B.

Tampa, FL
Jul 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Swimming and walking around curious sea lions was amazing. Although I don't consider myself a bird person, I really fell in love with the blue-footed and red-footed boobies. To come so close to their nesting areas without them showing any signs of fear or alarm was a [once-in-a]-life-time experience. This trip was perfect for our three generations; we all had activities we could participate in and chances to experience new thrills. The naturalists were all top notch in knowledge and experience. Being able to take hikes with so many different naturalists really expanded our experience. Each had different things to tell us on the hikes, and in the evenings, they gave individual lectures which helped us look forward to the next day's adventure. The serving staff was excellent as well—attentive and very friendly. They actually tried to learn all our names and greet us as we came in for meals.

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Marcello R.

Windhoek, Namibia
Jul 2017

Circumnavigation of Iceland

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Most memorable moments: Grimsey Island in the evening with lots of puffins nesting on a cliff, Flatey Island for the beautiful bird life, and the lagoon with the icebergs from the glacier. ExpeditionTrips is always ready to give all the information requested in a way that is both very professional and very friendly.

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Tracy D.

Hoboken, NJ
Jul 2017

Galapagos Classic – Northern

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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The whole trip was fabulous, my highlights were the interactions with the animals and the knowledge from the naturalists. I especially loved snorkeling with the turtles, the sea lions, and the penguins.The iguanas and the boobys were in a class of their own and the sunsets were spectacular!

I was completely impressed with the staff professionalism and their service. The naturalists were great and their passion for nature showed through.

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Ken S.

Fitchburg, WI
Jun 2017

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The most memorable part of this expedition was the crew's dedication to provide opportunities to see polar bears and other mammals. Clean accommodations and great food.

ExpeditionTrips was always available to answer questions and provide documentation in a timely manner.

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Michelle K.

Orlando, FL
Jun 2017

North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

Research Ship Plancius

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Seeing polar bears in their natural environment was incredible.

The staff on the Plancius were phenomenal. They tended to our every need, and were very accommodating.

Expedition Specialist Jessica Apfel was very responsive—she made sure that we were prepared for everything, and we took care of everything we needed to ahead of our trip.

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Drew Y.

Katy, TX
Jun 2017

Alaska's Glacier Bay & Island Adventure

Expedition Ship Admiralty Dream

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A truly personal experience in Alaskan culture and history. Able to avoid crowds and big ports and really get a true taste of Alaskan life.

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Peter M.

Kinnelon, NJ
Jun 2017

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Polar Bear Expedition

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (78 Passengers)

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3RD TRIP. ANOTHER GREAT EXPERIENCE.

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Esther K.

Cincinnati, OH
Jun 2017

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Origin / Theory

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Galapagos has been a dream destination all our lives and the experience was better than our dreams. The cruise was so well organized and the service was so impeccable that it enhanced the experience. We were joking that the boat staff knew our needs and wants before we ever needed or wanted it. We were sad to say goodbye... the naturalists were amazing. Both Gabi and Desiree were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and friendly. Alison Ashton of ET was fantastic. She listened and learned about our interests and came up with suggestions that were right on target. She is knowledgeable about various services and put together a great itinerary both in Quito (Mindo cloud forest) and for our stay on the island after the cruise.

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Jann G.

Cincinnati, OH
Jun 2017

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Origin / Theory

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The ship is beautiful and the crew were all fantastic. We loved seeing the albatross and flamingos and wandering on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, sight seeing in the pangas—all great adventures. Every need was met and the naturalists were fantastic. They were very knowledgeable and easy to talk with.

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Jenny R.

Lakeland, FL
Jun 2017

North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

Research Ship Plancius

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While we didn't see as many polar bears as we had hoped (due to ice conditions – nature rules!) the incredible blue whales feeding just beside the ship more than made up for that lack. Sailing through the sea ice, viewing glaciers and icebergs up close, and hiking on the tundra are indescribably exquisite experiences.

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Balazs Z.

Pawtucket, RI
Jun 2017

North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

Research Ship Ortelius

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We saw three polar bears on the floating ice sheets! And walruses a foot away from us on the beach.

Everything went smoothly and it was all well-organized.

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Richard R.

Wilminton, DE
Jun 2017

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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The most memorable part of this expedition was hiking different islands with wildlife unique to that location.

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Michael D.

Folsom, CA
Jun 2017

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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This ship and expedition leader took extra steps to allow us to see the polar bear on ice. Truly a memorable experience!

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Patricia S.

Linwood, NJ
Jun 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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I can't imagine going to the Galapagos on any other line than this. The guides, ship staff, guests, food, and program for the kids was beyond our expectations. The guides were patient, professional, humorous, and expert in keeping us informed and safe throughout the trip. I can't say enough about them and the quality of service they provided. We didn't worry about a thing...everything ran so smoothly from our initial pick-up to the final drop-off. We felt very well taken care of. 

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Alissa A.

Ashland, OR
Jun 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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I felt that they did a good survey of all the different types of ecosystems of the Archipelago. Certainly the animals and the exposure to the different islands was most memorable. ExpeditionTrips always has excellent research and advice. Easy for me!

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Brian K.

Orlando, FL
Jun 2017

North Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special

Research Ship Plancius

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What was the most memorable part of the trip? This is a difficult question because there were so many memorable parts. If I had to narrow it down, I would say the first time a polar bear saunter into view was certainly an incredible experience. The first time I saw the sea ice was another memorable part. To essentially come upon what appeared to be a never ending collection of beautiful floating ice was awe inspiring. Finally, I would say the polar plunge. It was both an amazing and terribly painful experience that I absolutely loved.

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Katy M.

Englewood, CO
May 2017

Galapagos In-Brief – Northern

Motor Yacht Sea Star Journey

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The Galapagos are a very unique place to visit. We highly enjoyed our time with the wildlife.

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Alema M.

Portland, OR
May 2017

Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn

Expedition Ship Alaskan Dream

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The ship stopped anytime there was something to see – whales, etc.

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Jack L.

Austin, TX
May 2017

Land of the Ice Bears – An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Solo kayaking to an isolated ice shelf to watch seals and guilemots in complete silence and serenity—most memorable.

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Arleen G.

San Francisco, CA
May 2017

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Most Memorable – Being so close to the wildlife and seeing rays, sharks, and colorful fish while snorkeling. Guides were knowledgeable and accommodating. Ample information from ET, prompt and cheerful responses to queries, and good follow-up as the time to departure approached.

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Patrick R.

Indialantic, FL
Apr 2017

Galapagos Classic – Eastern/Western

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Everything was great. Overall, the trip planning assistance was very good.

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Mary M.

Huntersville, NC
Apr 2017

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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My favorite activity was snorkeling with the marine turtles, seals, penguins, stingrays, many colorful fish, and many plants swaying with the current. I loved seeing the giant tortoises in the wild and at the Darwin Research Center. Excellent [guides]! They were very knowledgeable, most helpful in answering questions, and all with a good sense of humor. Exceeded my expectations. Jessica and Marybeth at ExpeditionTrips went beyond the call of duty to answer my ongoing questions with ease and grace.

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Barb K.

Chandler, AZ
Apr 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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This was a never-slowed-down adventure! We were busy all the time! I was most excited during snorkeling, when sea turtles, penguins, and sharks were swimming by. The staff and guides could answer any question immediately! Their expertise and knowledge were truly remarkable. I was always impressed at how quickly they took care of us, getting us on and off the ship with efficiency and friendliness. ET gave me all the info I needed! I talked to other people on the trip that did not book through you, and did not have all the lists and info that you provided for me. Thank you.

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Sharon B.

Seattle, WA
Apr 2017

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The first day was amazing. We spent the afternoon on North Seymour Island and immediately saw land iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Because it was mating season, we actually saw the boobies doing a mating dance, and we also saw the male frigatebirds with the inflated red throat pouches. The next day on Bartolome and Rabida Islands we saw blue herons, sally lightfoot crabs, and a flamingo. Each day when we went ashore, we saw something new and exciting. Several days we went out in Zodiacs and saw marine iguanas, turtles, penguins, and lots of boobies. And we were lucky enough to see the giant tortoises on two different islands. After years of seeing pictures and television programs about these animals, it was incredible to see them all in person. The staff and guides were wonderful. Lynn, the expedition leader, was so knowledgeable and helpful. The three guides—Socrates, Lenin, and Walter—were terrific. They were very patient, answered all our questions, and had lots of good photographic advice. And we were very impressed by the Zodiac drivers.

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David G.

Belchertown, MA
Apr 2017

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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I loved the trip. There were so many memorable parts. They included the chance to see evolution in action, experience of being so close to so many exotic fascinating creatures, the incredible landscape, the wonderful informative guides, led by the excellent enthusiastic leader Cindy Manning, the great crew, and sumptuous and plentiful food, the adventurous activities, especially the snorkelling and the hiking, the fascinating and friendly fellow passengers, the Darwin Research Center, and the amenities on board the ship. The assistance from Abby and others at ET was comprehensive, always friendly, and invaluable.

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Meredith A.

Searsport, ME
Apr 2017

Galapagos Classic + Peru

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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The accommodations on the ship were like a fine hotel, but it was small and friendly. We got to know all the wonderful staff and fellow passengers. It was relaxed and informal. One hot evening the captan invited us to swim in the ocean off the stern of the ship. We jumped off the ship into the water, there were several Zodiacs hovering around with ladders so we could easily climb out of the water when we wanted. It was spontaneous and fun. The naturalists were young and enthusiastic and always among us, available and eager to answer questions and share their knowledge and experience. The islands themselves were life-changing to see: to sit on the observation deck at night and look at a body of land that is completely primal. No lights, no buildings, no people or any trace of civilization—the islands are just as nature made them. During our daytime visits to the islands we found wildlife with no fear of people. We could walk right up to a mother sea lion nursing her pup on the beach or a blue-footed booby sitting on her eggs. We swam with penguins and sea turtles. They were not afraid. The service was what you would find at a five-star hotel. The meals were excellent and included local foods and specialties. The staff was friendly and enthusiastic. It was easy to tell that they loved what they were doing and they enjoyed sharing their passion for the nature and history of these islands. The planning and logistics were impressive. When we moved from place to place a staff person made sure our luggage got where it needed to go, We were guided through busy airports and train stations by polite, experienced staff, and they got us access to accommodations and private places that are not available to ordinary travelers.

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Christian M.

Denver, CO
Mar 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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There were so many memorable experiences, I can't possibly choose just one...The cute gentoo penguin, the whales at Cierva Cove that hung out with us for over an hour and were as curious and excited about us in our Zodiacs as we were about them in the water, the continent itself that had a quiet and awe-inspiring beauty about it but made me think of exactly how fragile the place is...

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Robert O.

Kent, WA
Mar 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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Trip was FANTASTIC! Experiencing the expanse of the ice on the continent and observing the animals (penguins, birds, whales) via Zodiac excursions was phenomenal. You cannot truly appreciate the beauty and fragility of the place until you have seen it first hand.

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Margoth C.

Doral, FL
Mar 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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The coordinators at ExpeditionTrips were very attentive, responsive, knowledgeable – one of my best experiences planning a vacation.

Being able to be in very close contact with the wildlife was definitely the highlight of the trip. Whales and penguins were so close to us that we could almost touch them... an incredible experience. These guides are extremely knowledgeable professionals and they made an extremely positive impact in my experience of the trip.

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Sandra M.

Litchfield, NH
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Everything was wonderful, the people, the boat, the animals, the food, the weather! ExpeditionTrips was Very responsive, quick, and helpful with every question.

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Joane B.

Greenfield, MA
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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ExpeditionTrips was very organized with excellent communications.The trip was truly amazing and I enjoyed all aspects of the trip. The activities - with snorkeling 2x per day and hiking to see so much wildlife up close and personal - were incredible.

The food was amazing and I enjoyed interacting with the crew everyday - they were the best and worked SO HARD to ensure we had an amazing trip. Louis worked very hard as the barman tending to our every need around meal time and we looked forward to seeing him with snacks after every excursion! Roberto kept our cabins so clean and maintained and I was excited to return each day to see what kind of amazing art/animal he had created with my beach towel! Captain Marlon did an amazing job navigating and making a smooth safe journey.

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Michelle S.

Westbury, NY
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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No words to describe the serenity, peacefulness, exhilaration, and beauty all in one word. The experience was beyond incredible. The closeness with the wildlife was inspiring. Loved Cindy the expedition leader. And absolutely adored the naturalists, particularly Celso and Gaby. They were all so knowledgeable, kind, funny, and passionate. ExpeditionTrips' Jennifer is fantastic!! Professional, efficient, knowledgeable, gracious, and caring.

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Brenda D.

Jamesport, NY
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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ExpeditionTrips' Jennifer Salinas was patient and answered our many questions. All aspects of our trip were handled with great care.

This trip was incredible. We truly felt privileged to experience this part of the world. During our first stop that was described as a "good introduction to the Galapagos", we were immediately in awe of what we were seeing and would be seeing in the near future. The wildlife, the scenery and the opportunities to hike, kayak, snorkel and paddleboard were great.

The staff and the naturalists on this journey aboard the Islander went above and beyond in all areas. The depth of knowledge and concern about the area shared by the naturalists was wonderful. Every detail was described with such excitement. It was if the naturalists were viewing everything for the first time. The food, servers and chefs were great and the variety of food offered was extensive. Many of the guests with special dietary needs were not left out. Everyone went out of their way in a very respectful way to make sure everyone was taken care of.

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Edward S.

New York, NY
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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ExpeditionTrips always had answers at "your fingertips". You were especially helpful when we had to change the trip from Feb to March.

I had been here before, so I will try to share my grandson's impressions. He was enthused by everything: the birds, deep water snorkeling, tortoises and hikes. The guides were excellent, and because of my grandson's enthusiasm the guides were enthusiastic about answering his questions and helping him with his photography. I might also add that the triple accommodation was very commodious and well laid out for a ship.

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Judy C.

Manning, SC
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The guides were excellent! Above board, even during the evenings if something was spotted and you were close by - you were included in the discovery. The chef made Quito Potato Soup for me personally. Absolutely delicious but not expected!

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Christian M.

Denver, CO
Mar 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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There were so many memorable experiences, I can't possibly choose just one...The cute gentoo penguin, the whales at Cierva Cove that hung out with us for over an hour and were as curious and excited about us in our Zodiacs as we were about them in the water, the continent itself that had a quiet and awe-inspiring beauty about it but made me think of exactly how fragile the place is...

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Stephanie H.

Baton Rouge, LA
Mar 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Beyond my wildest expectation. Extraordinary. Team leaders were amazing, trips to land and in Aodiac were outstanding and it is teeming with wildlife - whales, penguins and seals.

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Jim D.

Portland, ME
Mar 2017

Cape to Cape - South America to South Africa

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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The most memorable parts were: South Georgia Island---Salisbury Plains and Fortuna Bay filled with King Penguins and Antarctic Fur Seals; and Gough Island---Zodiac cruise among Northern Rock Hopper Penguins, Elephant Seals, Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals and Leopard Seals. Ship service was exceptional. Guides were informed, friendly, and personable.

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Mark & Carole V.

Portland, OR
Mar 2017

Cuba Voyage

Sailing Vessel Panorama

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The most memorable parts were: riding in the old cars in Havana, visiting 3 schools (music and dance and regular elementary), extremely hospitable crew on the Panorama (Greek ship, Greek crew, Greek "Hotel Manager", multi-national wait staff), superb Panorama dining, the day in Havana (could have been one more day ;-) ), all day in Trinidad, Casa de Confianza lunch (an organic farm outside Vinales), the Cienfuegos Choir, and the "day at sea". So many of us loved the "down time" for that day at sea sailing towards Maria La Gorda, and Fuster community in Havana. Jennifer and Marybeth at Expedition trips were always so close at hand. AND . . . you taught me how to use Dropbox :-) . AND AND you had a bottle of wine arranged in our cabin for our 30th wedding anniversary when we arrived on board (the pastry chef on the Panorama also made us a cake; they dropped all the lights in the dining area after dinner that night and brought it out, and sang to us . . . nice).

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Elliot K.

New York, NY
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Integrity

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The snorkeling was great. Our yacht was amazing. Watching the blue-footed boobies in their mating cycle, seeing birds on eggs and watching chicks being taken care of were most memorable.

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Ed G.

Clinton, WA
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The level of service was tops. The Peru trip was great. Edgar was a great guide. Chris at ExpeditionTrips was always on top of things.

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Lee S.

Mashpee, MA
Mar 2017

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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All of the wildlife that is indigenous to the Galapagos Islands were interesting and surprisingly fearless of human presence. This allowed us to get close to all the species and view them in their natural habitat without disturbing them. In addition, snorkeling was very enjoyable...Naturalist and ship staff were outstanding and the food and drink were high quality. My wife also enjoyed a ceviche cooking class that was provided by the chef.

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Ralph R.

Ellicott City, MD
Mar 2017

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

Expedition Ship National Geographic Sea Bird

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The trip turned out great. The most memorable parts of the trip were petting baby gray whales, seeing a whale shark up close, viewing numerous breaching humpbacks, thousands of dolphins, loads of other sea life, and hiking in numerous interesting arroyos and on beaches. There were several opportunities for snorkeling and kayaking outings, which was a lot of fun. The photography staff was particularly excellent, among the best of all the trips I've been on. All of the naturalists were great, which really enhanced the outings and wildlife spotting.

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Florian A.

Walldorf, Germany
Feb 2017

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Research Ship Plancius

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were definitely the amazing wildlife encounters especially with the penguins and the whales. But also the landscape of Antarctica and South Georgia.

The level of service was very good. It was honest, tangible, fun and focused on the wildlife and nature experience. So perfect for me. Not to "over the top" or cruise oriented but really focused on the experience.

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Ruth L.

Stockton Springs, ME
Feb 2017

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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The trip was absolutely life changing. I have wanted to go to the Bay of Whales for many years, to see where Richard Byrd began his expeditions. We had no idea what else was in store for us. Rodney Russ' experience and depth of knowledge, combined with that of the rest of the crew, opened our eyes to a whole new world, and we will be forever grateful.

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Diane R.

Solana Beach, CA
Feb 2017

Upper Amazon

River Boat Delfin II (charter)

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The naturalists were exceptional. Their knowledge made it all so real - considerate of all, helpful, could go on and on. The entire crew was remarkable. The fresh food was prepared so creatively at meals. The atmosphere was easy for us to get to know each other.

Magnificent birds of all varieties, gorgeous plants and flowers. I could go on and on. 10 star!

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Chia Chun H.

Kedah, Malaysia
Feb 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The most memorable parts were the scenery, wildlife and people.

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Ishu W.

Katy, TX
Feb 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Our trip was fantastic from start to finish. The scenery was amazing! One really cannot describe it. It was like being on a different planet. The icebergs, glaciers, wildlife, the beautiful skies, polar plunge - all really memorable!

Chris was very knowledgeable about Antarctica. He listened to my needs, what my expectations are from this trip. The questions that he could not answer he said he would find out and got back to me immediately. He was very responsive, great communication skills and had a great attitude. From my first phone call with Chris when I booked the trip to a few weeks before we were ready to leave, I made several phone calls asking for information, and each time he answered our questions to our satisfaction. Chris didn't want to just sell a tour package, he acted as a consultant and advised us, listening to our needs, and advised us as to what would be the best ship and tour for us.

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Pranjal S.

Encinitas, CA
Feb 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Both Chris and Amanda are excellent. My uncle joined me from India and he couldn't stop praising Amanda and her help with his visa and paperwork. I am so glad I went through ExpeditionTrips. They explained to me exactly what I would experience. We were among the few that knew what to expect. Can't thank them enough.

Antarctica is absolutely stunning and this is a perfect combination of adventure and comfort. For how rugged and far this place is, they did an amazing job at making it approachable and less remote. The expedition leaders were amazing, very conscious of our safety especially when it came to the weather.

If you are the lucky few who get to kayak, I would grab that opportunity. There is nothing like it. It lets you immerse yourself in the environment better than anything else. The wildlife in Antarctica are not used to humans so they were very curious about us, in the Zodiacs and kayaks. They come right up to us and stared at us... amazing opportunities to come very close to the penguins, seals and whales.

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Linda K.

Holliston, MA
Feb 2017

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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Loved the small ship size, and it was just the right number of days to be at sea. Crossing the Circle was a real highlight. Being in such a remote part of the world was an incredibly moving and peaceful experience, and I consider it a privilege to have had the means to do it. The guides were simply outstanding. They went above and beyond and delivered an experience that truly exceeded all of our expectations. They were kind and caring, knowledgeable, helpful, and just overall awesome! I will never forget them.

No matter how many questions I had or how minor they may have been, I received immediate feedback from ExpeditionTrips. I always felt I had a complete grasp on the scope of the expedition we would be undertaking. Kudos especially to Marybeth, who was on the other end of my email questions every step of the way.

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Beth J.

Yorkville, IL
Feb 2017

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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The canal was awesome. It was very interesting, after many years of learning about it, to finally see the canal up close. The National Geographic photographer was very good. He gave us many tips on how to take great photos that we would want to share with anyone.

ExpeditionTrips was always available with any questions I had. You also know many things about the various cruises that I never would have been able to know. You gave personal service and sent detailed emails to keep me informed.

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Lyn R.

West Orange, NJ
Feb 2017

Origin of the Species

Motor Yacht Integrity

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Excellent trip - have already recommended you to some people.

Excellent schedule - good balance between different activities. Beautiful, comfortable boat with excellent service from crew. Guide was knowledgeable (brilliant about everything!!) and also very customer-service oriented, even things not related to his expertise. A+, everything with a smile. They couldn't do enough for you. The naturalist guide was superb - his level of expertise was excellent but he was also a good lecturer - gave us the right amount of information at the right time.

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Alan P.

Pelham, NY
Feb 2017

Origin of the Species

Motor Yacht Integrity

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Great trip from start to finish - great boat, excellent service.

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Ilene G.

Chestnut Hill, MA
Feb 2017

Origin of the Species

Motor Yacht Integrity

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Terrific - crew was wonderful. Our naturalist was fabulous - so knowledgeable about so many subjects.

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Karin M.

Chestnut Hill, MA
Feb 2017

Origin of the Species

Motor Yacht Integrity

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ExpeditionTrips helped us to feel fully informed each step of the way - and, as a consequence - we were fully prepared and on the ready when we arrived!

Waking every morning to the sunrise...anchored at yet another magnificent island—the combination of daily physical activity/adventure/learning and relaxation....does it get any better??

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Linda D.

Lima, OH
Feb 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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First class staff and naturalists MADE the trip. Snorkeling and hiking were most memorable parts of the trip.

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Marie D.

Lima, OH
Feb 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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ExpeditionTrips absolutely exceeded expectations. From start to finish, everything was smooth and organized.

The entire Galapagos experience was memorable! Each day seemed to exceed all my (rather high) expectations. There were plenty of different ways to experience the natural beauty of the islands, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding or just sitting by a window. The naturalists obviously loved the Galapagos and their jobs. They were always enthusiastic. The individual groups were always small to allow quality encounters with nature. The food was outstanding with a good mix of local fare for the adventurous as well as comfortable classic foods.

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Dave T.

Eugene, OR
Feb 2017

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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Off-ship ventures onto the various islands to see the flora and fauna were the most memorable parts. I also thought the trip naturalists did an excellent job of informing all guests regarding what we were seeing and its historic context. It was also notable that the food was great, fresh, local and introduced us to Equadorian cooking.

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Edie A.

Eugene, OR
Feb 2017

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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Everything was wonderful. Not one hitch in any way. Loved all the walks. The snorkeling was beyond any I had done before. It was like swimming in an aquarium. They staff was outstanding in every way.

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Mary T.

Thomasville, GA
Feb 2017

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The most memorable part of the trip was the extraordinary abundance of wildlife: sea lions, blue-footed boobies, penguins, iguanas, frigates, and many others. The weather was perfect, as was the staff on the Islander. The cabin was cleaned several times a day. The meals were delicious and served on time. The waiters were kind and thoughtful and tended to the special needs of all on board.

Jennifer Santoyo at ExpeditionTrips did an excellent job of keeping us informed and arranged for changes in our transportation and hotels due to us adding extra days in Guayquil and Quito.

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Don & Lee M.

Sydney, B.C., Canada
Feb 2017

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The advice regarding the nature of the experience, clothing requirements, airline reservations, and amendments to suit us were all well done by Olivia and Amanda at ExpeditionTrips.

The whole expedition provided a mixed collection of experiences from Zodiac based shoreline experiences with various birds, lizards, seals and sea lions, through walks across volcanic rock and mounds of marine iguanas, and further walks to see flamingos and sea turtles and finally the Giant Tortoises. The opportunity to retreat to our ship for a relaxing lunch as well, of course, the late afternoon cocktails, appys and dinners aboard the Silversea Galapagos made a perfect balance every day.

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Wendy W.

Westport, CT
Feb 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Island Sky

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There are just no words to describe how awesome Antarctica is - the expedition team were beyond fantastic - we felt like family by end of voyage - I loved every minute of it & made some lifelong friends as wel. There is no room for improvement - they [the guides] were just the most amazing bunch of people. This was one of the easiest trips I've ever planned - Jessica & Sarah at ExpedtionTrips were absolutely great and provided help & support throughout.

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Pamela R.

University Place, WA
Jan 2017

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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Sea kayaking in Antarctica was incredible and gave us the ability to explore in a small quiet group. We had a very close encounter with an orca while kayaking. I have seen pictures of Antarctica but it doesn't compare to the purity and beauty of the experience. The penguins and fur seals in South Georgia, and the albatross colonies in the Falkland islands were amazing. Our trip in January gave us the opportunity to see baby penguins, albatross and seals. I liked the smaller ship atmosphere. We had the opportunity for land or zodiac excursions 2 or 3 times per day when not at sea.

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J. Watson

Trukee, CA
Jan 2017

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal (charter until Aug 2017)

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Wildlife and scenery were fantastic. Lectures during the days at sea were interesting and relevant. Food was good and plentiful on the ship. Younger travelers program was excellent -- our daughter really enjoyed the activities and made good friends. Staff and crew were super -- great attitudes, always helpful and pleasant, made the whole experience more fun for everyone. Captain's enthusiasm for wildlife really added to the overall experience. Good communications with ExpeditionTrips about itineraries, costs, logistical details, and timing helped me feel confident that all the details were dealt with correctly and timely.

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Ana C.

Sunnyvale, CA
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Because of photos I shared of this trip with my running club, we are now raising money for environmental conservation for the amazing continent. Thank you for the inspiration. Everyone says you go for the penguins but you fall in love with the ice, and they are absolutely right. The penguins were funny and photogenic and EVERYWHERE. But the part that I dream about every night when I fall asleep, the part that haunts me, is the ice - the scale of it, the sounds, the million shades of blue. The guides were as enthusiastic about the trip as we were, and very knowledgable. Jessica was amazing in helping us select the right cruise. Your response time is amazing. I would definitely book with Expedition Trips (and Jessica if she's available!) for my next trip.

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Robin L.

West Vancouver, BC
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Being able to spend so much time on the open bridge was most memorable. The Crew, especially the Captain, were so informative. The level of service was good. The cabin was terrific. The naturalists and photographers on the boat really made a huge contribution to the whole experience. 

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Carol M.

Laguna Niguel, CA
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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ExpeditionTrips' travel planners, Jennifer and Amanda, kept me informed of all steps involved, allowing me to learn about, organize, and carry out all necessary preparatons before leaving home. When a question came up, I did not hesitate to ask, and they were always quick to respond. I knew I was off to a good start. The sheer beauty of the Antarctic captured my heart. It is a mysterious place of snow and ice. The icebergs are indescribable, and the opportunity this relatively "small" ship, the National Geographic Explorer, affords is amazing. We could enter channels of ice and cut through slowly, zodiac around icebergs, and get to shores other ships were unable to get to. Searching and finding pods of whales in action was priceless. Penguins marching and nesting was great fun. Level of Service: Superior. Top flight service people on board working hard in a timely, efficient manner. Polite, always smiling and gracious. The unseen making ship life very comfortable. The naturalists were Excellent. Knowledgeable, many with impressive experience in the field and in academic/research positions. They willingly and with good humor imparted information that was fascinating and important to our understanding of the environment. Their lectures and visual presentations were superior - well planned, articulate, and very interesting. The Expedition Leaders were appreciated by all. Their organization and leadership was respected, and well planned, and always imparted with good humor. Thank you!

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Warren F.

Northridge, CA
Jan 2017

Baja California

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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The most memorable parts were seeing many whales, hiking in the desert and on sand dunes, and an opportunity to see some new birds.

The best parts of ExpeditionTrips' assistance is the quick response to inquiries, the first-hand experience you can offer and the patience you have.

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Cleo D.

Ogden, UT
Jan 2017

Monteverde, Costa Rica and Panama

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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I particularly liked the small size of the ship and the group, which gave us a more "intimate" experience. The shore-side excursions were most interesting. I particularly appreciated the effort to limit the number of visitors to a given "remote" site at the time when we were there. I especially value trips that I consider to be a learning experience. The lectures were interesting and informative. I'm grateful that we were spared what I consider unnecessary entertainment! The Panama Canal was of great interest! The ship's staff and naturalist staff were excellent, and delightful.

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Dana I.

Mercer Island, WA 59834
Jan 2017

Monteverde, Costa Rica and Panama

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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We particularly enjoyed the afternoon spent sea kayaking and another day snorkeling. The staff was terrific particularly the bar and dining room staff. The naturalists were pleasant and very well informed. The video photographer did a great job making the trip DVD. We were happy to have a coupon from ExpeditionsTrips for a free copy. It was a nice touch.

The ExpeditionsTrips staff was very knowledgeable. They responded quickly to my emails and phone calls.

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Victoria K.

Sherman Oaks, CA
Jan 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Excellent! The snorkeling was amazing. The Naturalists were very educated and informative. The food was good. Overall it was a very well organized and run trip.

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Sharon R.

Ontario, Canada
Jan 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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ExpeditionTrips let me know when deadlines were approaching for having documents to them - very helpful to those of us who have too many things on the go at one time!

The expertise of the National Geographic guides was the most impressive part of our experience - the trip was an educational experience for our family beyond compare. Ten out of ten. They simply could not have been more friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. As well, we were continually impressed by the conscientiousness of the entire staff regarding our safety and comfort, the ecology of the places we visited, and the thoroughness of our educational experience. The days were well-paced, the ship was beautifully outfitted, the staff was incredible. We lacked nothing. Genuinely a trip of a lifetime.

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Carol D.

Baton Rouge, LA
Jan 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Obviously, seeing the wildlife was the highlight. Overall, every aspect of the trip was perfect. The ship was just the right size and newly refurbished, the crew terrific, the food great, the naturalists were fantastic, and the weather cooperated.

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Sherri L.

West Papua, Indonesia
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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Fantastical all around! Great people, incredible sights, excellent guides, and superb crew. Couldn't have been happier. Jennifer at ExpeditionTrips has been great and was very professional.

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Hazen C.

Victoria, Australia
Jan 2017

East Antarctica – In the Wake of Mawson

Research Ship Akademik Shokalskiy

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the wildlife and life on the ice, their natural fearless curiosity or total indifference to us—a humbling experience.

The response time for any queries and suggestions were excellent and most appreciate.

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Bernadette E.

Broome, Australia
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Ortelius

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There's a lot of sea time, but get out on deck and keep a look out because there is always something to see.

The ships crew were awesome, just ask and they will do there best to help you. The expedition crew did a fantastic job getting us ashore when conditions allowed. Some fantastic lectures help you appreciate what you are experiencing.

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Stephan B.

Chicago, IL
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Outstanding adventure. The highlight was having 2 orcas swim DIRECTLY under my kayak. I think it is important to stress the value of the kayak add on. Kayakers were the first off the ship and the last back on the ship for almost every landing. Usually we were able to kayak and then get to do the shore excursion at the end. Most folks had 1 to 1/1/2 hour excursions. We had 3+ hour excursions. Kayakers went out 7 times during this particular expedition.

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James N.

Lexington, KY
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2018)

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"For me, the landscapes [were the most memorable]. [The] animals were real interesting too, but the scenery is beyond imagining. Ship was also great."

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Matt K.

Providencia, Chile
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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We had tremendous fortune with the weather, which allowed us to do everything. Highlights included cruising the Lemaire Channel with spectacular glaciers on either side, kayaking in very close proximity to humpback whales, seals and penguins, incredibly long sunsets and sunrises as we cruised past icebergs, and observing penguin and skua behavior in the colonies.

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Bo L.

Fremont, CA
Jan 2017

South Georgia In-Depth

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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South Georgia is such an amazing place, so remote, so unique landscape, rich early explore history, and amazing wildlife encounters. The first sight at Salisbury Plain, the king penguin colony, was totally breathtaking, took a while to realize the massive number of penguins. And [we] spent the rest of morning there so enjoyable just watching them. I wish I could spend more days there.

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Hilary C.

London, England
Jan 2017

East Antarctica – In the Wake of Mawson

Research Ship Akademik Shokalskiy

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Spectacular environment and wildlife. Excellent programme of educational lectures and briefings. The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered was] excellent. Organisation and service were faultless and friendly. The guides and lecturers were real experts in their fields – most impressive.

I'm particularly grateful for your immediate responses to my queries, and especially for the complimentary upgrade to single-occupancy cabin.

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Wang D.

Beijing, China
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were 1) the animals: penguin, elephant seal, whales (humpbacks and orcas). [I got] close to animals [to] listen and watch; 2) Lemaire Channel, Damoy Point, Paradise Bay, Hannah Point gave me a deep impression both for natural scenary and approaching animals; 3) We got a lot ofknowledge and pleasure from the lectures.

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Robert C.

Warren, OH
Jan 2017

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Research Ship Plancius

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What were the most memorable parts of this expeditions? It's Antarctica...how do you pick one thing? Let me give it a shot: (a) The guided hikes to see penguin rookeries and albatross nests. (b) The captain threading the ship between two icebergs in Lemaire channel – it caused several of us to hold our breaths. (c) Visiting the Argentines at Orcadas Station, S. Orkney Islands. (d) Having the opportunity to talk to the expedition guides over a beer on the ship. (e) Seeing an Andean condor UP CLOSE and PERSONAL 20 feet in front of the car, near El Chalten.

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Susan P.

Northport, NY
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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From the travel planners, crew, and staff, to the design of the expedition itself, this was life transforming journey....opening up a new awareness to our planet's complexity and majesty. I feel privileged to have been a part of this expedition.

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Mengxiao L.

Beijing, China
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the animals. We have never seen whales as much as this time before and a lovely rockhopper penguin! The Captain was amazing he stopped the ship just at the edge of the ice sheet. We could walk straight down to the ice! It was crazy! No one did this before!

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Liliya T.

Highland Park, IL
Jan 2017

Antarctic Islands Express Air-Cruise

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (Air-Cruise)

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Unbelievable views, Zodiac sailings between blue icebergs.

It was very nice to know the background of our trip advisors and get their recommendations. [Expedition Specialist] and [Travel Coordinator] Amanda's knowledge was a big asset. We were also able to upgrade our flight to Antarctica from Punta Arenas, thanks to ExpeditionTrips.

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Linn L.

Isle of Palms, SC
Jan 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The boat and staff were wonderful. The excursions were well planned and exciting.

The staff was so impressive! They remembered your name and cabin number after the first day. They never stopped smiling or asking if there was something you needed. The guides were all so knowledgeable and very friendly as well.

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Jeff W.

Victoria, Australia

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Lyrial Antarctica

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The naturalists were very good. The most memorable parts were the very close interactions with wildlife and breath-taking scenery.

ET was always quick to answer questions and very thorough in your responses.

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Ginny S.

Bowling Green, OH

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Small Group

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Peru is a beautiful country with so much to experience. The professionalism of the ExpeditionTrips group along with the wonderful guides and drivers who were with us made our trip as close to perfect as it could be.

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Rosalynn B.

New York, NY

Pacific Northwest – San Juan Islands and British Columbia

Motor Yacht Safari Quest

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"Beautiful scenery and possibilities of seeing wonderful wildlife."

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David B.


Alaska's Northern Passages & Glacier Bay National Park

Expedition Ship Wilderness Explorer

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The staff of the Wilderness Explorer were excellent. We have a long list of food allergies and for a first time, we were not just offered food we could safely but eat but food that we really enjoyed. The guides are knowledgable and enjoy sharing their love of Alaska.

Expedition Specialist Abby worked tirelessly to find an itinerary that fit our needs.

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Xiaojing L.

Shenzhen, China

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing – Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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The most mermorable parts of this expedition were the wildlife and the staff. Expedition Specialist Abby was very warm and professional.

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Sarah P.

Chicago, IL

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Most Memorable – Accessibility to the wildlife (you could stand next to a bird, iguana or sea lion, and they weren't bothered in any way); uniqueness of the ecosystem—you can't travel anywhere else like the Galapagos in the entire world. Very attentive level of service aboard the Silver Galapagos. I believe a trip to the Galapagos is made by the quality of the guides, and the Silver Galapagos guides were uniformly very high quality. Jennifer at ET was VERY patient with my indecisive family, and she provided us with several options at various service/price levels. She also steered us in the right direction to a larger ship which allowed our Dad to opt for less vigorous excursions on occasion.

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Joshua W.

Boulder, CO
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Our expectations were very high and were well met. The experience planning our trip with ExpeditionTrips was excellent. ExpeditionTrips led us through the various steps necessary.

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Sherri L.

Indonesia
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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I have to admit that your service and positive energy was the reason I went with ExpeditionsTrips. I inquired about travel to Antarctica about 10 years ago and the continuous (but not over the top) reminders from your company were appreciated. When the time came where the trip could become a reality, I naturally reached out to ExpeditionTrips. Also note that I was in contact with my travel agent and another company, but their service and positive nature paled in comparison.

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Dennis S.

Reston, VA
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Great trip. The highlight of course was the destination. The expedition staff and my fellow passengers were also outstanding. I was very much surprised by the quality of service provided on the ship. The food was outstanding. ExpeditionTrips walked me through the details of what to expect and told me exactly what to do to prepare for the trip.

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Wren H.

Arlington, VA
Dec 2016

Complete Cuba

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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10 out of 10. Most memorable parts of the trip were: excellent guides; huge opportunity to learn; variety of destinations (not Havana heavy); a bit of an opportunity for birding/nature.

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Hsuan-I L.

Taipei, Taiwan
Dec 2016

Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (Air-Cruise)

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It was a very comfortable ship and a fantastic trip. The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered during the trip was excellent.

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David Z.

San Francisco, CA
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Active Adventure

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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Amazing. From top to bottom it was a perfect trip. From the food to the activities to the ship itself, everything exceeded expectations.

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Sandra B.

Katy, TX
Dec 2016

Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (Air-Cruise)

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Everything was so amazing it is hard to pinpoint just one. The daily excursions (usually two of them) were probably the highlight – getting on the Zodiacs and visiting the various sites. Spending a couple hours watching the antics of the penguins. Watching from the Zodiac for whales. Just enjoying the incredible scenery. And the special moments like when the sun set around midnight and the icebergs were glowing orange.

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Kasey S.

Austin, TX
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The most memorable parts were polar plunge and camping on the ice! The guides were excellent. Very friendly, safe and knowledgeable. Jessica from ExpeditionTrips was the best. Very communicative and informative.

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Don H.

Knightdale, NC
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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The staff was absolutely incredible and high-quality. The other passengers were great people and wonderful travel companions. The level of service, education and entertainment could not have been better.

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Samir A.

Kuwait
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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The most memorable part was the first site of an iceberg, orca and humpback whales, and the penguins. The expedition crews were very good, informative, and friendly and professional in their field. The catering staff were very friendly and always smiling.

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Patricia W.

Waterford, NY
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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A Minke whale stuck his head up right near our zodiak went under our zodiak and we could see his full outline as he came to the other side just below the surface. Another situation was with humpback whales so close we could hear them talk and spray. Abby from ExpeditionTrips was great.... johnny on the spot with answers to my questions.

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Robert M.

Calgary, Canada
Dec 2016

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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Our trip was excellent. Marilyn and I really enjoyed the first-rate accommodations, starting with the Swisshotel in Lima, through the Amazon Star (La Estrella), and during out time in Cusco/Machu Picchu. Also, we GREATLY appreciated how the itinerary bridged our arrival back in Lima (at the airport hotel) to our early-morning flight back home via Houston. In a nutshell, our guides were terrific, but I must single out the enthusiasm and professionalism of Usiel and Secundo on the Amazon Star (La Estrella), and our leader there, Angel. They amplified our Amazon experience during our many excursions in the tributaries and village visits. By saying that, I do not want to understate the welcoming/hospitable treatment we received by the crew (chef, cabin stewards, skiff drivers et al) and others who looked after us on the other parts of our Peruvian experience. The logistics were seamless, yet we really never felt rushed or waiting for anything. That’s a notable feat, given the number of transfers and transportation modes we used.

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Lina M.

New York, NY
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Amazing! Waking up to a different vista of ice every day; access to the bridge and chatting with the captain; seeing my first penguins were the most memorable parts of the trip. The guides were very friendly, very knowledgeable, and generous in sharing knowledge and anecdotes. ExpeditionTrips was very efficient, on top of it. There was a lot of prep work that needed to be done for the trip and you were always there - prompt supportive and friendly.

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Donnette W.

Mankato, MN
Dec 2016

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The most memorable parts were the wildlife, scenery, expedition staff (naturalist guides), Aodiac adventures, and the passengers on board from around the world. Staff, ship crew, Captain Oleg, and naturalist guides were EXCELLENT. The lectures they presented were wonderful. They were smart, fun, experienced, professional, and very approachable. The trip exceeded my expectations in almost every way. If people want an expedition adventure, this is the company to use!

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Ken G.

Winston Salem, NC
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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The most memorable moments were a large orca pod sighting, getting close up to humpback whales and huge penguin colonies, and kayaking. Guides were very engaged - awesome, thoroughly enjoyed.

Jennifer Santoyo at ExpeditionTrips was great!

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Mike G.

Winston Salem, NC
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Enjoyed the 3 days in Buenos Aires, but the entire cruise from Ushuaia and back was a once in a lifetime experience. This was my seventh continent and and without knowing it, I saved the best for last. No photo nor video can prepare a person for what the experience is like.

We did more kayak excursions than expected because of the "good" weather. The ship staff and the staff were the best I have experienced in all my travels.

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Ken H.

St. Louis, MI
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Incredible, exceeded my expectations. The views are just incredible, landscapes, icebergs, rock formations, ice formations. Want to see penguins, seals and whales? This is the place. Many species ignore the "rules" and come very close to you, especially if you remain still and do not move. I usually refrain from using the term amazing...it was totally and completely amazing!

Again, staff far exceeded my high expectations. Ship's crew was always helpful and ready to please. Naturalist guides were all first rate, and would have liked to have had them as my teachers in school, extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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Alissa A.

Ashland, OR
Dec 2016

Madagascar, Seychelles and Maldives

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Discoverer

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Jennifer Santoyo and MaryBeth at ExpeditionTrips are superb, I feel like they look out for me at every turn. The best!

I loved the luxurious and warm atmosphere on the ship. The staff were really lovely. Madagascar was fantastic, definitely a place to go and go soon. The all inclusive nature is really, really a plus. Not to have a bar bill or even internet bill at the end really makes a difference. The staff were superb - I miss them!

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Costanza R.

Arezzo, Italy
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp

Research Ship Plancius

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Besides being very professional, I felt I was understood in my needs and sometimes fears. [Expedition Specialist] Olivia managed to make me feel I was very well looked after.

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Bob N.

Skillman, NJ
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp

Research Ship Plancius

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were mountaineering, camping, and hanging out with interesting people.

The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered during the trip was excellent. This is not a luxury trip, but they did a great job of making the adventures easy and rewarding.

ExpeditionTrips was very responsive to email and willing to take the time to explain details by phone when needed.

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Rulian F.

Hopedale, MA
Dec 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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It was our first time visiting the Antarctica, everything was new and memorable. The slide deck we were given at the end of the expedition was a very nice touch and we very much appreciate it!

The expedition leader and the entire expedition staff were personable, friendly and helpful. We were pleased with the cabin service and meal service.

I booked this trip more than a year and a half in advance, through Expedition Specialist Jennifer Santoyo. She was very pleasant and extremely helpful.

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Pat M.

Charleston, SC
Dec 2016

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The Zodiac expeditions gave us the opportunity to snorkel and observe wildlife closely. The choice of daily expeditions always provided us with something unique. We met wonderful people from all over the world and enjoyed many wonderful meals with local cuisine. The service of the staff was top-notch. The naturalist guides were unbelievably knowledgeable and personable. There was absolutely nothing we would complain about. We were always provided information from ET in a very timely manner.

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Gregory M.

Newcastle, NSW
Dec 2016

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Research Ship Ortelius

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I was most pleasently surprised with South Georgia and the amount of wildlife there.

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Andrej J.

Ljubno, Slovenia
Nov 2016

Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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The best was when we were in the middle of the ocean after some time and saw the mainland of Antarctica.

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Primoz N.

Ljubno, Slovenia
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Classic Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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The most memorable part of this expedition was sailing the Drake Passage.

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Geoff C.

Barrow, AK
Nov 2016

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The scenery and wildlife were astounding. I participated in kayaking and the program was very well run. We were able to kayak 11 times and each trip was spectacular.

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Abbie F.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 2016

Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Best trip ever! The Vavilov is the most remarkable ship with a fabulous Russian crew. The staff was incredible and made the journey unforgettable. We were able to see a variety of different places, stay for extended periods of time on land, our Zodiac guides were extremely knowledgeable. We saw tons of whales, penguins, birds, seals, etc. The Falklands and South Georgia are not to be missed!

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Francine H.

Los Osos, CA
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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The zodiac trips right up to giant icebergs and to the mainland and islands were exciting and educational in that the guides shared their knowledge of sea life and glacial life en route and when on land. Camping out on Ronge Island in warm sleeping bags with no tent and seeing the sky turn pink/yellow and red at 3:40 in the morning while the water was cast in green light was surreal. We booked this trip last minute and therefore were scrambling to get everything in place..ie clothes, documents, insurance...and yet everything went effortlessly with the help of Olivia and Marybeth. They were there every step of the way with patience and answers to my every question. We flew into Buenos Aires a day earlier and Olivia made sure we had a room at the same hotel as was part of the package for the following night. She also recommended a transfer company to get us from the airport to the hotel which we booked on line at a very reasonable rate. Sure enough...once we were off the plane and ready to leave, the driver was there holding a sign with our name. No money was involved since it was all taken care of beforehand.

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Cynthia L.

Blackwood, NJ
Nov 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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My experience was perfect in every way. It was my first time leaving the country and everything was taken care of from the time I left Philadelphia until I returned to Philadelphia. It made my first expedition stress free. I snorkled for the first time, so that was one of the highlights of my trip. The guides were very knowledgeable on many subjects. They were also friendly and each one had a sense of humor. This made the outings interesting and fun.

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Marianne W.

Castle Rock, CO
Nov 2016

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Service was very good, naturalists were very knowledgeable with good daily re-caps and lectures. ExpeditionTrips as always was very good and efficient.

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Jamie L.

Atlanta, GA
Nov 2016

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal

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First of all, this was an Antarctic dream come true. I was amazed and so pleased with the itinerary, the beautiful ship, Le Boreal, the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate guides, the captain, the service, the food, the accommodations - all stellar. A great value for the money spent. They really put everything they had into making sure we had a complete and satisfying experience. A 10 out of 10 to be sure. You were so right about South Georgia. Do not take this trip without including South Georgia on the itinerary. Don't even do it. It's breathtaking. We were blessed with good weather and relatively calm seas throughout the journey.

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Jasleen S.

Parker, CO
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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This trip was amazing. We went in the second half of November. We saw tons of penguins, one emperor penguin, whales and seals. The snow and ice were beautiful and it was surprisingly warm in the 30s-40s. The expedition leaders, guest speaker and photographers really mingled with everyone - all great and learned a ton.

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Carol & Mel G.

Marietta, GA
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Lyrial Antarctica

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Excellent. Unbelievable experience. Jennifer and the whole crew at ExpeditionTrips did a great job. We particularly enjoyed the fabulous upgrade.

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Justin S.

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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Expedition Trips was very helpful in planning my trip, and the trip was amazing. The Sea Spirit staff was well organized and very professional. The service, food and accommodations were top notch. A particularly great experience was riding on the zodiac boats through the icebergs. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable about the continent.

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Ray S.

Aurora, CO
Nov 2016

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Excellent! All guides were knowledgeable, well-skilled, and obviously wanted to share what they knew and believed in. At the start, my wife and I knew nothing about travel to Antarctica. ExpeditionTrips answered all of our questions, including the questions we did not even ask. ExpeditionTrips also secured the particular cabin that we wanted on the Orion. The entire trip was wonderful! And I do not usually write with exclamation points!

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Robert P.

Vancouver, WA
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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This was in the top three of all trips and places I've been of my travels throughout the world. The other two, an independent trip to Ethiopia and a Galapagos Islands excursion. At this time, I can not put one above the other. With your help, this excursion was incrdible. Antarctica is otherworldly, a place beyond belief making this extremely meaningful in all areas, animals, ice, climate, with great naturalists and guest lecturers. Having Peter Hillary on board was incredible and Kip Evans, the National Geographic photographer was so helpful to all of us needing photographic help. Stay as you are [ExpeditionTrips]. It was perfect. Complete with information and a total caring attitude toward me as a customer. Many, many thanks to Jessica and Sarah for all the help in getting me on this most memorable trip. I will definetly use you again to arrange my next trip.

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Kathy D.

Dayton, OH
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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The most memorable parts of my trip: the excitement of each landing; seeing the animals and landscapes of Antarctica with my own eyes; and watching the animals in their own native environment. The expedition team was knowledgeable, experienced, and always willing to answer questions that anyone might have had. They also always tried to make each experience, whether it was a landing or a lecture, the best. Jennifer and Marybeth were both very easy to work with. From the start, I was always kept informed about what paperwork would be needed and I always received it in a timely manner. Any questions that I had throughout the pre-trip process were answered promptly. They helped to make the trip so enjoyable.

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Natalie D.

Dayton, OH
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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Jennifer and Marybeth were awesome! Very patient when I would ask questions that may have seemed silly, or that were answered in our literature. Both women are well prepared to assist clients and were welcoming and warm when corresponding. Both also responded to inquiries within a very short amount of time and I greatly appreciated their expertise and help with both the Antarctic cruise as well as land tours in S. America. I really enjoyed how the expedition crew was able to provide many different type of landings from animal-related, to old whaling posts, to current scientific bases and cruising through ice and icebergs! The Expedition Team lead Anya was amazingly positive the entire cruise. They were all so well educated, friendly and approachable! Everyone always had a smile on their face and I felt like they were a part of the family.

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Diane G.

Brooklyn, NY
Nov 2016

Cuba – People to People

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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Our guides were fantastic. My most memorable parts of the trip: drive in old 50's convertibles; trip to Cienfuegos; day-care center visit and Hotel Nacional.

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Caroline W.

Claremont, CA
Nov 2016

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The naturalists were knowledgeable without being stuffy. I learned a lot about the history, geology, ecology, and conservation efforts of these remarkable islands. Best of all, we got to appreciate the abundant wildlife in close proximit. Since there is nearly a one-to-one ratio of staff to passengers, every request was handled professionally and quickly. ExpeditionTrips provided good documentation, and clear instructions on the various milestones in the months and weeks leading up to the trip.

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Tiffany S.

London, UK
Nov 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The ice (in all forms) was amazing! Photos don't do justice. Take time out from shooting with the camera and just take it in with your eyes and mind. Excellent! Service staff were all very polite and friendly all the time. Naturalist guides were all very knowledgeable and approachable. Jennifer and Sarah of ExpeditionTrips provided us very useful information about the trip and wer always prompt to answer any queries we had. They even shared their personal experience and tips about this trip which helped us a lot! Thank you.

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John P.

Anchorage, AK
Nov 2016

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were South Georgia Island, the lectures, and the knowledge level of the staff.

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Kevin G.

Coupeville, WA
Oct 2016

Galapagos Classic – Southern/Northern

Sailing Vessel Cachalote I

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We had a wonderful time and particularly enjoyed the small sailing ship atmosphere with only a total of 16 guests. The Galapagos Island explorations and snorkeling were all just great. We loved the unusual birds and animals in their natural habitat.

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Darryl L.

Conway, AR
Oct 2016

Galapagos Classic – Western

Sailing Vessel Cachalote I

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the unique geology, plants, and wildlife on the islands.

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Joan K.

Wayne , NJ
Oct 2016

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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Jennifer or Marybeth at ET were always available when I had questions. I appreciate their input and their assistance. Our guide, Angel, was OUTSTANDING in every way. His knowledge, planning ability, friendliness, and helpfulness in every part of this was A1!! I greatly enjoyed the market and village visits, the drives thru towns, the river boat itself. Also the very small group made this a most comfortable travel experience. The riverboat kitchen staff did a fine job of catering to my particular food need; their presentations were very artistic and the dining service was excellent.

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Susan C.

Greendale, WI
Oct 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The most memorable parts of the trip were seeing my family completely engaged in their surroundings, not knowing what activity to pick next, not wanting to miss anything and waking up each morning excited to start a new adventure filled with once in a lifetime scenery and incredible wildlife. My daughter asking to go to the ship library to learn more about a creature she saw. Dancing with the local musicians on board. Freshly squeezed juice every day.

The staff had the perfect balance of education, good humor, and interaction with all of us to make the trip just what we wanted. They were fabulous about knowing how to cater to our interests without overwhelming us with more information than I could take in.

ET had gentle reminders to get everything prepared and great advice.

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Mark W.

Seattle, WA
Oct 2016

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Excellent - lava flows, beautiful pristine beaches, abundant wildlife! The food was great. The guides knowledgeable.

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Roy T.

Boulder, CO
Oct 2016

Myanmar & the Irrawaddy River

River Boat Ananda

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Chris at ExpeditionTrips answered all calls and emails rapidly. He helped us save money and get the correct flights and times. He was always willing to help us. This was our second trip and he didn't disappoint. We will definitely use him again. Keep up the same good work and service!

Go now...the country has just opened up and it will be changing...the people are great...all arrangements and accomamations for intra-country travel were well done.

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Judy R.

Shreveport, LA
Sep 2016

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Land Based Adventure

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"[The trip planning assistance was] better than I thought. I had not used a tour company before so did not know what to expect. But I was impressed with the thoroughness of the planning and the amount of help I was given throughout the process... I would definitely plan future trips with ExpeditionTrips and/or recommend ExpeditionTrips to friends, relatives, and colleagues."

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Barbara R.

Castro Valley, CA
Sep 2016

Alaska's Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Wilderness Adventurer

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We really appreciated the very personal and professional way that ExpeditionTrips answered all of our questions and the reassurance that yes we CAN go kayaking! All necessary travel documents were delivered promptly. Not a single hiccup!! Everything was perfect! Glaciers, whales and Glacier Bay Nat'l Park – the feeling of our group being alone in the vast wilderness of Alaska – no news, internet, cars, cities...just us! Activities for all interests and levels of ability. Because of the small number of passengers, it was easy to meet and get to know people from all over the world.

The whole crew was really wonderful. Friendly and very knowledgeable. Helpful in every way. The food was really wonderful (also the 'cocktail of the day'). Very nice to have a Park Ranger on board, too.

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Nick N.

United Kingdom
Sep 2016

Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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As ever, ExpeditionTrips help and advice on details was much appreciated for a guest arriving from Europe to join the trip. Don't change - your service was excellent! The trip was memorable for the wide range of items of interest. These included the curious Island of St Pierre - part of France and the excellent reconstructions of the Louisbberg Fortress and the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows with their well trained actors and careful attention to detail. As ever, ship staff were excellent guides and helpful in many ways.

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Carol W.

Edina, MN
Sep 2016

Sailing the Greek Isles

Sailing Vessel Sea Cloud

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Loved that the itinerary is fluid and can be changed based on winds. We had the sails up every afternoon- spectacular to witness the crew climbing up and down the masts. Very knowledgeable and personable guides. Exceeded our expectations even though this was our 2nd trip. I now know to expect this high level of service and appreciate it very much. It's what sets you apart from others, as well as other factors, like the photographic expertise.

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Ruth M.

San Jose, CA
Sep 2016

Alaska's Famed Passages of Discovery

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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Trip planning by ET was great and everything went smoothly. We had almost daily walks on shore or in skiffs to learn about the flora, fauna, weather, and geography of the area. Stunning landscapes. Beautiful bald eagles. Paint and wine night was especially fun and unexpected as was the engine room tour. Getting up close and personal with the land and wildlife was the most memorable!

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Dorothy N.

Arlington, VA
Sep 2016

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The professionalism of the crew and naturalists was the most memorable part of the trip. We were treated as special guests.

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Sharon A.

Woburn, MA
Sep 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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ET's trip planning exceed expectations. All excellent. We saw a sea lion nurse her 1-2 day old pup. The staff and guides could not be better!

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Deborah A.

Wilmington, NC
Aug 2016

Alaska's Coastal Grizzlies: Photography Tour

Expedition Ship Ursus

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Overall the trip was great. Everyone was very helpful. The bears were terrific.

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Laura P.

San Carlos, CA
Aug 2016

Galapagos Classic – Central/Western

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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The level of service was excellent. It seemed like a college semester crammed into a week.

The trip planning assistance exceeded my expectations. They were very helpful.

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Paul S.

Lake Oswego, OR
Aug 2016

Alaska's Inside Passage

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Soleal

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The food was the best ever on a boat.

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Dick and Becky B.

Chicago, IL
Aug 2016

Alaska's Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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Since our ship was small enough to travel places where big ships can't go, we were often the only ship in sight. It felt like we were the only people in this wilderness, kayaking around islands, sailing a skiff inside a little bay filled with fishing bald eagles and a grizzly, looking for harbor seals on the ice and mountain goats on the cliffs. For two days, we seemed to be in the center of a congregation of more than a hundred humpbacks. They were busy feeding, sometimes very, very close to us as we stood on the deck of the ship. But what I will remember most is not necessarily the breaching, lunging and bubble netting, but the heavy but calm sound of their breathing all around me. I will take that sound with me forever.

It was amazing how every single one of the staff was eager to go out of their way to respond to our every want or need. Each one seemed to be extremely happy, and that contentment was reflected in their care for all of us. All of them, especially the expedition staff, knew an amazing amount about Alaska geology, plants and animals, and on this trip we were lucky enough to have a naturalist professor on board, who gave nightly presentations, went along on the skiff trips, and was always there to answer questions.

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Kathern P.

Paradise Valley, AZ
Aug 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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You do an excellent job. Thank you. This was a family trip (multigenerational) and ages ranged from 8 to 75 and you had activities for all of us.

Swimming/snorkeling with penguins, sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish is an amazing experience. Walking over lava rocks in a place that looks like the moon and has spectacular scenery in the background is beautiful beyond description. Sometimes the naturalist would invite us to sit quietly and enjoy the beauty of it all.

The naturalists filled us with facts about the animals, islands as well as the history of the Galapagos. They answered our questions (even repeatedly if needed). The staff provided excellent service. The food was delicious and introduced us to local produce and recipes.

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Margaret M.

Wallingford, PA
Aug 2016

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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We had a great group of naturalists. The most memorable parts were the hikes and hearing about the histories of the guides and their personal takes on things. They all had very unique backgrounds and incredibly deep histories and experiences with the Galapagos that made our experience incredibly rich. The staff on the ship was excellent and friendly.

Sarah and Jennifer at ET were fantastic, helpful and very responsive. I was very busy immediately before the trip and they were so helpful getting information to me quickly that I couldn't find.

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Jose V.

Redmond WA
Aug 2016

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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This trip was amazing, we enjoy every single moment and absolutely all activities and every body on the ship, expedition guides, food, service, entertainment, and all other passengers. What can I say, perfect, way above our expectations. We had a wonderful vacation.

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Judith M.

Madison, WI
Jul 2016

Galapagos Classic – Southern

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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Loren M.

Morton, IL
Jul 2016

Canadian Maritimes: Fins and Fiddles

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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The staff was professional and friendly, I believe they knew every ones first name by the end of the trip. There was never a question that went unanswered nor a reasonable request that went unfulfilled. It felt like family.

To Expedition Specialist Jennifer Santoyo at ET – I really appreciate your short notice effort to get me on this trip. Most people either would not have attempted this or followed through with such enthusiasm. Thanks again!

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Esta R.

Washington, DC
Jul 2016

Canadian Maritimes: Fins and Fiddles

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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We had a very good trip and I enjoyed it more than I anticipated.  The Akademik Ioffe was much improved over my last visit on it of 17 years ago...But all in all, I was very, very pleased with the trip and very happy that I elected to do it.  It was so refreshing and a good mix of nature and sightseeing, and much needed fresh air and exercise.

The naturalists were wonderful, two in particular (Brian and Jacques). The staff handling the zodiacs were simply terrific. The photographer (Debra) was excellent and gave a terrific presentation on the horses of Sable Island. That was a nice touch. I didn’t attempt the cycling or kayaking but those who did loved it. 

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Emilie P.

Quebec, CA
Jul 2016

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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I went there to see polar bears and other arctic wildlife. On our trip, we were extremely lucky and saw 20 polar bears and had amazing encounters with seals, walrus, puffins. It was an awesome experience.

The service by the guides and staff was excellent! They were always available to answer our questions. They were also always looking for birds or wildlife. They also always went the extra mile to ensure that we had amazing encounter with polar bears, walrus or to fulfill our request such as a polar plunge.

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Varaporn S.

Bangkok, Thailand
Jul 2016

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Land Based Adventure

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The guides were excellent. They were knowledgeable and highly service-minded, with an understanding of our limitations.

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Cliff H.

Worcester, MA
Jul 2016

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The trip was great. The ship ventured into the ice and we were rewarded with multiple polar sightings. On our landings, we saw walruses, arctic fox, reindeer, seals, and many bird varieties. The expedition staff were without exception knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. They showed great dedication to providing their guests with the experiences they sought while keeping them safe and being protective of the environment.

The trip always met my expectations and often exceeded them.

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Swargath A.

Kerala, India
Jul 2016

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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I enjoyed the nice view of glaciers. Polar bears, whales and other animal sightings was very pleasant and enjoyable. The level of service was very good. I would definitely plan future trips with ET and recommend ET to friends, relatives, and colleagues.

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Judith S.

Teaneck, NJ
Jul 2016

Alaska's Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Wilderness Explorer

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The most memorable part was watching the whales bubble feed. The service was great. All staff were enthusiastic, polite and knowledgeable. They were always willing to help.

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Sue P.

Menlo Park, CA
Jul 2016

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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There are many memories for us. Definitely having the opportunity to see some of the wildlife that you only read about is magical. We also valued the chance to visit the villages along the way and learn about their way of life, as well as to come away appreciating our own good fortune. We also were heartened to see how the company supports those communities and this environment through such assistance as water filtration systems.

The staff and guides were extremely professional, helpful, and friendly. They were incredibly patient with us all, and very enthusiastic in all they did. The guides were very knowledgeable and the crew considerate.

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Barry S.

New York, NY
Jul 2016

Alaska's Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Wilderness Explorer

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Superb naturalist guides. Superb food. Fabulous glaciers and whales. Every single staff person was excellent. That's rare.

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Ann P.

Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
Jul 2016

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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The wildlife was amazing. It was a very relaxing trip—an adventure of a lifetime, buck list check off.

The level of service was absolutely top rate. The naturalists were experts in their field and worked so hard to make sure we had a wonderful time and that we had full appreciation of the wonders the Arctic had to offer.

My experience planning the trip with ExpeditionTrips was excellent. I received prompt responses to questions. They were very organized.

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Jennifer T.

Hong Kong
Jul 2016

North Pole

Icebreaker 50 Years of Victory

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The ship was amazing, a highlight in itself. [Other highlights were] icebreaking on the way to the North Pole, the Pole, polar bears, and Franz Joseph Land.

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Karen D.

Chicago, IL
Jul 2016

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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It was easy as you took care of everything :) The guides were wonderful, the food was amazing and the staff were helpful. It's an amazing place to visit and this trip was a great balance of being nurtured on the boat and immersed in this raw, untouched place.

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Alfred W.

White Hall, MD
Jul 2016

North Pole

Icebreaker 50 Years of Victory

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If you like the "different" do what it takes to make this trip happen. Surpassed all measurements. Perfection at the ultimate level.

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Mike & Allison M.

Ontario, Canada
Jul 2016

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution (charter)

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This is our fourth trip with you.....you exceed expectations every time. You got us the fare we wanted and followed up on all the little details. Great nature hikes. Excellent ship. Impeccable, luxury hotel. Smiling, kind people. Incredible customer service. Enjoyed swimming with sea lions. Three great naturalists and eighteen excellent crew. Everyone chips in to make it a one of the best trips we have ever taken.

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Kimberly P.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Jun 2016

Galapagos In-Brief – Eastern

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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This was our first time to the Galapagos Islands and I am so happy we decided to do the cruise on the Legend ship! It was the best experience traveling I've had in a long time thanks to the wonderful crew who kept us busy visiting different islands twice a day. The Galapagos nature and animals are a true treasure to see and experience. I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with our trip. Thanks!


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Leonard B.

Estero, Florida
Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic – Western

Motor Yacht Seaman Journey

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The trip was great. There were too many beautiful things to focus on one part. Great staff and service. Better than expected.

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Leland D.

US
Jun 2016

Galapagos In-Brief – Western

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Wonderful trip, especially for children and grandchildren. Very educational as well as fun. The level of service was excellent. Our guide, Billy, was a marine biologist. He was very knowledgeable. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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Mary N.

Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic

Sailing Vessel Cachalote I

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In the Galapagos, being on blue water with the sails up and seeing pilot whales made my trip. Then again, I could have stayed exploring the mangroves all day.

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Julia Sonn

Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic

Sailing Vessel Cachalote I

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My tour aboard the Cachalote was fantastic and perfect and I would highly recommend that visitors to Ecuador go to the Galapagos especially if they are nature lovers. Our level of service was excellent—both of our guides were extremely knowledgeable and professional. The trip exceed my expectations! I expected the wildlife to be wonderul but I didn't expect the islands to be so beautiful or to have such great service!

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Dave G.

San Bruno, California
Jun 2016

Alaska's Glacier Bay & Island Adventure

Our trip was excellent... We had high expectations, and they were met.

Going into the small towns of Kake and Petersburg was special. Our trip ended in Sitka, where we spent a day prior to flying home. We enjoyed our day there, and highly recommend visiting the rescue bear center and the rescue raptor center.

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Karla C.

Columbia, SC
Jun 2016

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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Exceptional! Love the size of the boat. Great side trips on zodiacs and kayaks. Food was wonderful! Massage therapist was great and appreciated. Third Mate, Chris Standish was very accomplished as a guide and personal attention.

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Juliet C.

Incline Village, NV
Jun 2016

Iceland & Svalbard – Expedition North

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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Seeing the beauty of the Arctic region for the first time. It was a sight beyond my imagination and expectations. Loved the walruses and the fact we could see them up close.

The service was great. We enjoyed the ship. It was not too big but sufficiently large that neither my husband or I felt confined. We also enjoyed the seating arrangements at meal times that enable us to interact with a variety of different people over the course of the trip.

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Andrew D.

Park Ridge, NJ
Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Fantastic - accommodations aboard the ship, food, beverages, and music were outstanding. Cabin attendants could not have been nicer. Naturalist guides and the itinerary within Galapagos were excellent. On a score of 1-10, I'd give them a 15. Outstanding in every way.

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Alissa A.

Ashland, OR
Jun 2016

Land of the Ice Bears – An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The trip was great, we saw many cool animals. The captain was extraordinary - very skilled at finding great sights and very enthusiastic and welcoming. Always a pleasure [to work with ExpeditionTrips]- you know me well.

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Yee Lan W.

Selangor, Malaysia
Jun 2016

Iceland, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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Keep up the good work. Sea Spirit is a very comfortable ship for a polar expedition. We had close encounters with the belugas and walruses. I enjoyed zodiac cruising in pristine landscapes with countless icebergs, and meeting like-minded people on the expedition.

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Naomi L.

Dallas, Texas
Jun 2016

Galapagos In-Brief - Southeastern

Motor Yacht Sea Star Journey

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The trip was great. It's very organized and allows you to spend quality time with family while exploring the unique sights of the Galapagos Islands. The level of service was very high and professional. The trip exceeded my expectations. 

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Vivian L.


Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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This entire trip was beyond our expectations. The level of service received from Abby and Mary Beth at ExpeditionTrips was outstanding. They exhibited lots of patience with me and my many questions and their knowledge of the area and recommendations were the best ever. I can't thank both of them enough for all their help. From the beginning to the end, it was absolutely a winner with everything going well without any problems. The best ever! THANKS, THANKS, THANKS! Prior to going to the Galapagos, we stopped in Quito and I highly recommend this. The people were very friendly and hospitable and would go out of their way to help. In fact one evening on our way back to the hotel, we asked a young man walking down the street eating an ice cream cone where he got it. Instead of pointing the location, he went out of his way and took us to the store. Our tour of the Galapagos Islands was beyond expectations. The ship and crew of the La Pinta was wonderful and every evening there was a film and talk in preparation of what we would be seeing with the guide the following day which was so helpful. The naturalist guides on the La Pinta were extremely knowledgeable, informative and very patient in answering many questions. Their care in the safety of the group was admirable. The guides were very passionate about the preservation and care of this unique area and conveyed this to us and all that was left behind on the various islands we visited were our "foot prints."

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Caryn Z.

Minnetonka, MN
Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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It was great!! There were too many parts to select just one - loved the hiking, snorkeling, and learning about wildlife, conservation efforts, and a bit of history/culture. The service was superb! Everyone went out of their way to make us comfortable.

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Herb K.

Arlington, MA
Jun 2016

Alaska's Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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Our trip was enjoyable. The ship Endeavour met our expectations and we found many interesting and friendly people who were our shipmates on this cruise. The guides of the Endeavour crew were very knowledgeable and friendly and concerned for our safety and nature experiences. The ship's food was quite good and appropriate portions were served by the attentive wait staff.

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Judith G.

San Francisco, CA
Jun 2016

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Captain and expedition leader were enthusiastic, well informed and interested in maximizing our viewing experience. Ship staff - dining and cabin - were particularly notable.

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Frank K.

Eugene, OR
Jun 2016

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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For those considering the trip, stop thinking now and buy your ticket! Outstanding, several of the staff were on board our Antarctic trip so it was like "old home week" when we boarded in Svalbard; what a great feeling. The naturalists were knowledgeable, accessible and friendly. As always my expectations were high and they outdid themselves. The most memorable parts were wildlife sightings: a pod of blue whales off the Svalbard coast, and a polar bear mom and 2 cubs.

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Martha R.

Eureka, CA
Jun 2016

Iceland, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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The most memorable experience was being around people who thrive in the Arctic/Antarctic environment - polar explorers, survival instructors, authors, and Arctic adventurists. The second most memorable moment was kayaking among the belugas, walrus and ice. I try never to have expectations, but to be in the moment, which, of course, was divine. The food was very good and fresh. The level of service could not be improved.

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Sandra M.

Rome, GA
Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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Getting up close to the wildlife, getting to see marine iguanas, giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, and all the other animals in their own habitat and incredible landscape, without concern for our presence, was amazing. The opportunity to land on uninhabited islands was a wonderful aspect of taking the cruise. Excellent knowledge and service. All of our naturalists had graduate degrees in biology-related fields; all were Ecuadorian, and two of the three were from the Galapagos. This combination of local and scientific knowledge, and their enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge--and the Galapagos--with us, was an important aspect in making this trip such an incredible experience.

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Christine N.

Cottage Grove, MN
Jun 2016

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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It was wonderful to work with Jessica. We appreciated her insight on which ship and which particular cruise might best suit our expectations. She was also very responsive to any email questions. The most memorable parts for me were the opportunities to be so very close to such a wide range of animals. I also enjoyed the variety of the daily excursions & the opportunity to choose to go in the glass-bottomed boat while others were snorkeling. My favorite excursion was to see the sea lions because I really enjoy watching animal behaviors and watching the animals interact with one another.

The level of service was tops! All of the guides were very knowledgeable and were skillful in imparting their wisdom without seeming to be know-it-alls.

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Patricia T.

Pensicola, Florida
May 2016

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Land Based Adventure

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The entire trip was amazing. ExpeditionTrips put together a great itinerary to include many sites and activities that I didn't even know existed.

Our guide Edgar was exceptional. He has a great knowledge base and explained all the sites to us in detail to make them come alive. He has a passion for sharing his country and its history. We could not have enjoyed it more. The trip far exceeded our expectations. We were pampered every step of the way. Our guide was always concerned with our safety and enjoyment. I'm not sure I'll be able to go back to the "old way" of making my own way through a vacation.

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Tami Z.

Fayetteville, NC
May 2016

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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Traveling on your floating hotel exploring island after island is the only way to go! The Eclipse was small and intimate enough that the staff and passengers got to know each other, but not so small that you could not walk away from the group for some quiet time—perfect size. The guides only took 10-11 people at a time for the excursions, so it allowed you to see everything and ask questions. The meals were excellent with an amazing chef and staff—you will not be on a diet here!

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Candy C.

Dallas, TX
May 2016

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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It was the trip of a lifetime! Seeing animals and birds in their true environment as they are meant to be. I swam with pink dolphins and kayaked in the rain, all beyond words to describe. Our boat trip had a ratio of 17 crew to 10 passengers so needless to say we were spoilt. The naturalist guides were so wonderful and shared their knowledge with enthusiasm time and time again. Beyond expectations - I did not know I was going to be treated to breakfast in the rainforest, tea before sunset and a night time boat ride, as well as a champagne toast on the river at sunset on the last night.

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John and Sherry C.

Tryon, NC
May 2016

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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The trip was good. The animals we saw were amazing. The food served was very good.

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Diane R.

San Diego, CA
May 2016

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Love Silver Galapagos - truly a 5 star experience. The food was great, and the organization and guides were wonderful. Each guide was unique, from very scientific to very humorous. Love them all. The ship staff was outstanding. ExpeditionTrips did a wonderful job. All my questions and concerns were addressed in a timely fashion.

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Deborah M.

San Diego, CA
May 2016

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Everything was exceptional from start to finish from the exceptional care and detail and responsiveness of ExpeditionTrips to the Silversea staff and their attentiveness and attention to detail. They always greeted us with cold water on transfers, towels and a refreshing beverage at the hotel. Every step of the way was handled with professionalism, efficiency and smiles. The itinerary was perfect and the amount of time for each island was spot on. The service of the staff was exceptional. Having spent 30 years in the hospitality industry, I am keenly aware and appreciative of exceptional service. Each and every person we encountered was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and kind both at Quito and Guayaquil and on board. The naturalists were friendly, accessible, mindful and extremely knowledgeable. Safety was always followed. Onboard staff, especially our room attendants and front desk were responsiveness and wonderful. Food service was also wonderful. Chris and Marybeth were responsive, timely and helpful throughout. When we wanted to extend our trip a day and reduce same-day travel, they immediately found affordable alternatives for us. They checked in continually to make sure we had completed all documentation in a timely fashion and helped us with anything we didn't understand. The portal was great and easy to use and the final document package and booklet was lovely and useful. I've already recommended ExpeditionTrips to others.

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Stuart M.

Sanibel, FL
May 2016

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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Amazing amount of whale sightings and other wildlife. 5-star level of service. More than met our expectations. All our pre-board questions were answered quickly and patiently.

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Jim W.

Greensboro, NC
May 2016

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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The trip was outstanding. Being in the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos with informed, enthusiastic guides was one of the highlights. Beth Mercier was always available and willing to look up and resend information. She was very empathetic and helpful with all requests.

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Jeff K.

St Charles, IL
Apr 2016

Galapagos Classic – Northwestern

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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We were extremely pleased with the trip overall. I highly recommend doing the Galapagos and Machu Picchu together in early April. We were very fortunate that the weather was spectacular for the entire trip. Our naturalists in the Galapagos commented that we had some of the best water conditions, clarity, in all of our snorkel locations that they have ever seen. The ability to see and experience the marine life up close and personal was spectacular. I would highly recommend using the Enigma in Peru and the Eclipse in the Galapagos.

Jessica at ET was very patient with us as we worked through all the permutations and little issues that arose. Overall I would recommend and use Jessica for a trip to Peru or the Galapagos.


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Howard S.

Sacramento, CA
Apr 2016

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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The snorkeling was amazing. I loved that we had many opportunities to snorkel; even twice a day on most days.

ET had rapid an through responses to every question. You even found out how many other children would be on our boat!

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Maura K.

Hudson, MA
Apr 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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This trip was amazing! I can't even pick one experience as it was all wonderful. I had high expectations before traveling and the trip far exceeded them! I loved how knowledgeable the staff was and how they cared for the environment. They were willing to take time to answer all my questions.

I took this trip by myself. I was able to speak to ET's Beth Mercier who had previously traveled on the same trip as a single woman. It was comforting to hear her stories and experiences and I found every bit was true for me too. Truly there was not one thing I would change! Exceptional job in making a trip of a lifetime for me. Thanks you so much!

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Philip G.

Hudson, MA
Apr 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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This seasoned traveler can tell you that this is truly the trip of a lifetime. It far exceeded my already high expectations based on the reviews of other travelers. The logistical arrangements were executed flawlessly, with excellent support by ExpeditionTrips throughout. We experienced moments beyond our wildest dreams... during one snorkeling excursion alone, we swam with sea lions, Galapagos penguins, sharks, and a giant Manta Ray, all seen within 15 minutes of one another. It is one thing to hear about the Galapagos, and an entirely different thing to experience it.

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Catherine D.

Eden Prairie, MN
Apr 2016

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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Our trip was fantastic and exceeded our expectations in many ways! The wildlife sightings were exciting and plentiful, which was our primary focus for deciding to take this tour, but we were captivated by our experiences with the people of the Amazon! Our trip to visit the school children was so heartwarming and the people were so sincere and genuine... despite their simple means they truly are happy with their lives. Totally memorable.

The service was terrific. Our two Naturalists, Juan and Segundo were incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. Both were fluent in English and because they grew up on villages in the area, both were totally comfortable with the environment as well. Our expedition leader, Denis, was great and everything was organized very well! Your assistance also exceeded our expectations - very quick responses to our emails.

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Kim T.

Selangor, Malaysia
Apr 2016

Galapagos Classic – Western

Expedition Ship Evolution (charter)

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Enjoy yourself and go all out to make news friends! The staff are professional. Highlight of the Galapagos: snorkeling with the penguins and sealions, giant tortoises, bird watching, and shore landings to the local town. The logistics, meals and accommodations were well organized.

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Jay Y.

New York, NY
Apr 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The nesting birds were more concerned with their neighbor bird stealing a stick or stone from their nest than they were of us. The ship staff was friendly. I felt they all had an amazing amount of information on ALL aspects of the islands including history. The amount of things to do and information provided was beyond expectations. I have cruised on several small ships and I felt that the other travelers on this trip were more in tune with me than others with different companies. Everyone here was interested in naturalism more than the typical "cruise" experience. No pretenses despite different backgrounds.

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Steve T.

Seattle, WA
Apr 2016

Galapagos Classic + Machu Picchu

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Trip was great - words do not do justice to Machu Picchu or Sacred Valley - the Wow factor is immeasurable! As we were there when there were no clouds it made it even more spectacular.

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Joan S.

Seattle, WA
Apr 2016

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu + Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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Visiting the Sacred Valley and then taking the train to Aquas Caliente before seeing Machu Picchu were all memorable and beautiful. Loved Ecuador and the people. The streets of Quito and Cuenca are so clean, the people are the nicest, scenery is beautiful, and prices are very reasonable. The Galapagos is an incredibly peaceful place with a beauty all it's own. My recommendation to anyone wanting to visit the Galapagos and who has the time, would be to take the 7 night itinerary.

I know that their job must be tiring but the naturalists were so informed and receptive to questions, they all had great personalities, and each day you looked forward to exploring with them again.

Jessica at ET was so receptive to our questions and always got back to us quickly with the answers. She assured us that the company in Peru was excellent and we were very impressed by their staff, from the people picking us up at the airports, to the knowledge of the guides and the friendliness of the drivers.

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Julian H.

Delray Beach, FL
Apr 2016

Cuba Voyage

Sailing Vessel Panorama

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Trip was well run. Our guide, Boli, was terrific.

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Diane G.

Brooklyn, NY
Mar 2016

Chile & Peru: In the Wake of Humboldt & Darwin

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer (charter)

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Trip was wonderful - a terrific team of expedition leaders with tremendous knowledge of birds, geology, marine biology, history. Accommodations were comfortable down to every last detail. Days were a combination of viewing wildlife, ancient ruins, and gorgeous scenery.

ExpeditionTrips staff know us and can predict what we would like--with a four trip track record, we have full confidence in ExpeditionTrips.

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Barbie G.

Alberta, Canada
Mar 2016

Chile & Peru: In the Wake of Humboldt & Darwin

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer (charter)

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The Expedition Leaders were awesome...very friendly and helpful and always there for you...they made everyone feel special.

I've had two previous trips with ExpeditionTrips...they are very good at their job...in fact, they are the best. Thanks very much to the wonderful staff at ET...they provide such high standards, and I enjoy dealing with them.

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Cynthia W.

Albuquerque, NM
Mar 2016

Complete Cuba

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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This trip was one of the most interesting. The history both politically and socially were fascinating. Our Cuban guide and our American guide were knowledgeable and personable. We had several naturalists during our trip and they were also great. It exceeded expectations.

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Gretchen C.

Portland, OR
Mar 2016

Baja – Mexico's Sea of Cortez

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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The level of communication from ExpeditionTrips was just right. Our questions were answered quickly and efficiently! Our trip was wonderful. We really enjoyed the wildlife and opportunities to snorkel. The hiking was beautiful as well! The food and beverage service on the ship was fantastic!

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Jim S.

Los Altos, CA
Mar 2016

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Visiting the Galapagos was magical! Seeing all the animals/birds, reptiles and marine life and the fact that they were not scared of humans, truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. The guide to passenger ratio was very good. Lots of choices on what one could do each day.

ExpeditionTrips did a great job, always followed through and met or exceeded expectations.

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David A.

Holland, MI
Mar 2016

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Trip was wonderful. The most amazing thing was how close you could get birds and wildlife. Service was superb. Being older and a strenuous trip at times, we were offered the best of service and consideration. Kali had a trip of a lifetime.

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Tica R.

Ontario, CA
Mar 2016

Antarctic Peninsula — Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Thanks for the unforgettable experience I had traveling with you! Starting with keeping me on your list of interested people for your trips (when the special for this trip was released), continuing with support during the booking process and finally looking for customer feedback — that tells you enough about your professionalism.

The trip was fantastic! Every moment was unique, starting with boarding the ship, the sight of the first iceberg and local life, crossing the Antarctic Circle, riding in the zodiacs, landing on the Antarctic continent, continuing with professional expedition crew presentations, and ending with the service provided by the ship crew. The naturalist staff delighted us with well documented information and presentations regarding all aspects related to Antarctica, including geography, politics, history, birds, and animal studies. Most of the staff has extensive experience living and working on the Antarctic continent and that explains their professionalism.

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Joshua E.

Laredo, TX
Mar 2016

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Trip was awesome. Great balance of fun and education. Enjoyed the polar plunge in the Antarctic Circle the most. Staff was amazing. The crew of the ship was outstanding and the expedition team was awesome.

ET was awesome at getting me ready. Marybeth and Jennifer Salinas are awesome.

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HM

London, UK
Feb 2016

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Akademik Shokalskiy

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I absolutely loved the trip to Antarctica. I thought the expedition team was wonderful and I really appreciated all the lectures and information we were given. We were very lucky to see almost everything we wanted to see... It was all new to me. I loved the sub-Antarctic Islands, the scale of  Antarctica, the colour palette. The highlight were the huts of course!

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Xi C.

Guangdong, China
Feb 2016

Antarctic Express – Air Cruise

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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It was the most fantastic trip of my life so far. It is a really nice place to be at least once in your life. The most memorable part was the first time I met with the penguins and saw them pass by just a few meters away. You can't imagine that little thing is so cute and not scared of you at all. With the pure white snow-covered mountain and pure blue ocean as background, everything looks the most clear in your eyes and mind.

When I was still concerning my trip schedule, your consultant, Andie, gave me lots of different options which I could easily pick to match with my annual leave schedule, with reasonable price as well. And also, whenever I had a question, Andie would explain to me in detail, and sometimes raise questions with answers which I wasn't aware. Very considerate!

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Joan S.

Jericho, NY
Feb 2016

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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The staff and naturalists were great. Enjoyed the canal. Liked the lectures on the environment.

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Carol H.

Richmond, VA
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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My trip to Antarctica was unbelievable! Memorable: 1) the wildlife: penguins everywhere, seals on ice, land, and in the water, humpback whales breaching and fluking in a bay; 2) the scenery: bays, mountains, icebergs, and glaciers; 3) the ship's naturalist guides: very knowledgeable, helpful, skilled and professional.

The trip far surpassed my expectations with so many things to see and do. We were also fortunate to have great weather and relatively calm waters. I was very impressed that my voice mail and email questions were answered so quickly. You were very helpful in getting my questions/issues resolved.

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Marlene D.

Pasadena, CA
Feb 2016

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The Galápagos....a fantastic destination! The best part of the trip was our extension at Finch Bay Eco Resort! This is not a cruise...little to no time to relax...this is as stated...an Expedition! Playing with sea lion pups in the water was a highlight! Birds, birds, birds everywhere..you had to watch where you walked because you might step on one!

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Erin G.

Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 2016

Galapagos In-Brief

Motor Yacht Coral I / Coral II

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It was amazing!!!! Each island had its own personality and things that make them special. We spent adequate time during each disembarkation and saw everything. The boat and staff were lovely and couldn't have been more accommodating. We were scheduled to stay in the islands for a few days after and the boat manager arranged for us to have separate transportation on the last day to make it easier. Our naturalist guides were very knowledgeable about the history and the current status of the islands and we were broken up into groups that made it easy to listen and ask questions.

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Renata L.

Monaco
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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The trip was extraordinary. The ship, Sea Adventurer, itself was perfect. The expedition team (guides) and all the staff were extremely kind and enthusiastic. Always trying to make you feel comfortable and special. As we decided this trip only 2-3 weeks prior to departure, our ExpeditionTrips consultants, Jennifer and Marybeth, were extremely fast in obtaining a place for us and organizing eveything. When we contacted ExpeditionTrips, we did not believe that this trip would be possible in our specific dates, and they were able to make it happen.

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Jane M.

Boston, MA
Feb 2016

Heart of the Amazon

River Boat Tucano

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The trip was an extraordinary adventure. Certainly the various forms of excursions off the boat—particularly the early morning kayaking, swimming, and night trips in the boat's canoe—were memorable. I would recommend that visitors do the longer—seven day—trip if they have the time so that they can experience more fully the vastness and remoteness of the region.

The two guides were both very knowledgeable about the forest, its flora and fauna. Extraordinary ability to sight animals, particularly tiny birds on the highest limb. A charming cook and very attentive staff too. The boat was more intimate and the expeditions more varied than I had anticipated.

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Steven E.

Woodinville, WA
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Seeing a place so remote, so powerful, and so beautiful cannot be described in words. 14,000,000 penguins live there. Wow.

ExpeditionTrips team, Jennifer and others, were so quick to answer our questions and prepare us for this epic journey. So many questions on what we were going into arose, and always we were given complete and caring answers and suggestions.

I highly recommend the kayak package for anyone considering the trip. The quiet and solitude of kayaking versus the zodiac boat excursions was a huge plus for us. Our kayak guides led us to places that other travelers were not able to access. The expedition staff in my opinion made the trip – organized, and very passionate group of leaders that really made it their mission to provide as much hands on experience as weather permitted.

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Liane A.

Queensland, Australia
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula and Falkland Islands — Air-Cruise

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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It was great to feel that I had someone with expertise to help me. It was an amazing adventure. The team on the ship made every experience easier, and better than the Antarctic environment could provide by itself. First class, and then some.

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Van C.

Toronto, Canada
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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This is best experience I've had with travel planning. I've already started recommending ExpeditionTrips to my friends. Correspondence was prompt and thorough.

The trip was great! It was like stepping onto a different planet. Antarctica was one of the most majestic places I've ever been. The service level was above average. There was an abundance of experts from multiple fields. Lectures and knowledge sharing were plentiful.

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Cristina B.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The recommendations that ExpeditionTrips gave to us were perfect! Thank you.

Shane, the Expedition Leader, did everything he could to give us the best trip ever, taking advantage of every minute to learn something new or visit the different spots of the Antarctica. The naturalist guides did a superb job sharing their knowledge with us.

Mr. Ilario and Mr. Rana, both working in the dining room, were alway attentive to my dietary needs! The cabins (ours was a Window with no obstruction) are really big with plenty of room to put away things.

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Jo H.

Orlando, FL
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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We had a great time on the Antarctic expedition. The humpback whale sighting was especially memorable. The trip met out expectations.

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Carol M.

Laguna Niguel, CA
Feb 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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Seeing the creatures of the Galapagos was a supreme experience. The positive, well organized schedule, informative naturalists, and kindness demonstrated by the whole staff was outstanding. Carlos Romero is an outstanding manager - everything went like clockwork, leaving no stone unturned, and demonstrated kindness, provided important information, and of course, kept us laughing.

The level of service was better than I have ever experienced. Each staff member was exceptionally courteous, going out of his/her way to accommodate and facilitate all of our needs. The food was delicious! The timing of activities and information provided was outstanding. All levels of activity were provided for. There were long hikes and short hikes, beach swimming and snorkeling and deep water snorkeling.

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Joyce W.

Cary, North Carolina
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula - Active Adventure

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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Our trip on the Akademik Ioffe was outstanding. The staff were very accommodating and helpful. The trip was extremely well organized. We had several scientists and area specialists on board that provided presentations, and the guides were all knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure our expectations were met. The tour/trip director was exceptional and always met us at our excursion destinations to welcome us and give us a short briefing. We were very happy with the meals and ship accommodations. The sites were so beautiful. The wildlife, icebergs, sunrises and sunsets are something we will never forget. My husband kayaked during most of the excursions so we had some different perspectives to compare. Overnight camping and a polar plunge were an added plus! This was definitely a trip of a lifetime.

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Gary C.

Portland, OR
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula - Active Adventure

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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[The service] was... amazing... We were allowed to go to Palmer station, the US Polar Station. [This trip] blew away my expections... If I ever had a problem it was taken care of immediately by your staff.

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Richard A.

Kingston, PA
Feb 2016

Galapagos Classic – Western

Expedition Ship Evolution (charter)

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[The level of service was] very good, the staff ratios were excellent! I believe your descriptions on just about everything were spot on.

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Jeff M.

Coral Spring, FL
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula — Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Jennifer Santoyo has earned a lifelong customer. She took care of everything so well beforehand but most importantly when we experienced unforeseen problems. Our initial trip had some weather problems and she was the ONLY ONE who salvaged the trip for her clients out of 112 guests.

[The most memorable parts of this expedition were] the beauty, the incredible scale, and the wildlife. The kayaking was simply incredible. [The level of service was] over the top. ALL of the guides seemed to love what they do and go out of their way to make every facet of the trip exceptional. It exceeded all my expectations. I could not have imagined this experience.

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James B.

Alberta, CA
Feb 2016

Antarctic Peninsula — Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Most memorable was setting foot on the continent for the first time. Seeing my first whale, penguin, seal, iceberg, glacier. I especially enjoyed the Le Maire Strait which is the most beautiful spot of the trip.

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Ronit D.

Freeport, NY
Jan 2016

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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10 – the best trip ever so far. Superb, over our expectations.

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Michael O.

Houston, TX
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Outstanding. The most memorable parts include first stepping onto Antarctica, the wildlife, breaking ice in the Lemaire Channel, making my 7th continent and many more. The staff and guides are very passionate about Antarctica. This trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Your staff were extremely responsive. The price for the trip was very competitive. Good job.

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Cynthia L.

Lansing, NY
Jan 2016

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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It could not have been better – the food, the comfort of the accommodations, the knowledge and kindness of the entire staff and crew, the organization of the whole trip, from planning to execution. While snorkeling we saw a hammerhead shark, a turtle and an eagle ray. The food was amazing and presented beautifully. I like the way the staff kept us busy and provided options for activities. I liked being able to call or e-mail any question to ExpeditionTrips, all of which were responded to with kindness and expertise.

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Richard G.

Ruckersville, VA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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A+ The best trip of my life. Everything worked out perfectly and flawlessly.

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Gloria S.

Champaign, IL
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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During the booking procedure [with ExpeditionTrips], I had a ton of questions that were answered very thoroughly, which I appreciate. Wildlife was amazing. We had extremely knowledgeable expedition staff who were very impressive.

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Cynthia K.

Grapevine, TX
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Your customer service is the best. As was my third trip with ExpeditionTrips, I can say Jessica has always exceeded my expectations. I am looking forward to planning another trip in the near future; she makes the experience fun and worry free! Expectations were high as this was my second trip to Antarctica on the Ocean Diamond and I was not disappointed. We actually experienced a challenging Drake Passage crossing but I was never concerned about the ability of the Ocean Diamond to handle the seas. The expedition team members as well as the hotel staff provided excellent service! The changing landscape provided new sites and experiences; the weather was fantastic and we saw wildlife on every outing as well as amazing ice.

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Ullrich S.

Palo Alto, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise with Iguazu Falls Extension

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (Air-Cruise)

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Starting from Punta Arenas the trip was well organized. We had a good meeting and nice dinner with fellow travelers. The transfer, flight, landing and boarding of the ship were like clockwork. The boat was comfortable; the hotel staff and expedition staff first class. Nice land tours, landings, and zodiac excursions. Iguazu Falls was well organized, good hotel and friendly guides.

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Tina C.

Sunnyvale, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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From the wildlife to the scenery, this is Alaska on steroids. Breathtaking views everywhere, even from my bedroom porthole. Wildlife at my feet and out my porthole too. Exceeded my expectations in what I was able to experience in nature. We had great weather. You [ExpeditionTrips] were able to answer all my questions and did the research to address questions you didn't know off hand. We booked our trip in October for January and you help us through the short booking period. Outstanding - knowledgeable, and accessible for impromptu questions.

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Ron and Karen N.

Redmond, WA
Jan 2016

Galapagos In-Brief

Motor Yacht Sea Star Journey

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A first class trip aboard the Sea Star Journey. Superb food, helpful crew, excellent room accommodations, safe tour, and saw many more animals than we expected—loved it from start to finish. Your ongoing communications and updates of plans were great.

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Gail W.

Chattham, NY
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Top rate all the way! Your personal phone calls as well as quick responses to emails alleviated many questions and concerns. Much more adventure, on board activity, education, and FUN than I ever could have imagined. Two landings a day with daily wrap up reviews followed by fun-filled crew with passenger games and talent-sharing before bed. In between, fine eating! I even slept on Antarctica at a camp site we set up with a seal just a few yards away, penguin rookeries all around, with the rumbling sound of glacier calvings multiple times throughout the night.

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Joyce K.

San Francisco, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Surpassed our expectations from start to finish. The pre-trip communications from ExpeditionTrips was excellent. All questions were promptly answered even after we signed the contract. Communication continued up until we started the journey. Expectations were properly set. You can take a number of ships to Antarctica but the key is the boat. We choose to go on a small boat (100 people) and one that was more luxurious. It was the right decision for us. The room was quite large for a boat. The guides were first class. Our geologist was so enthusiastic about rocks that he made all of us excited by them too. Everything was well orchestrated.

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Francis D.

Calgary, Canada
Jan 2016

Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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Antarctica was great and Rapa Nui very interesting. I liked Santiago and Valparaiso was neat.

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Brad M.

Plantation, FL
Jan 2016

Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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We loved it. I had high expectations which were met. ExpeditionTrips was very attentive to our needs and kept in close contact with us throughout the process. The most memorable part of the trip was approaching the Shetland Islands ad seeing our first icebergs.

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Ken P.

Avon, CT
Jan 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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Fantastic trip. 10 out of 10. It would be difficult to exceed your performance on this trip. I enjoyed it all and really can't offer any significant opportunities for improvement. Everything was excellent from the quality and friendliness to the deep knowledge of all staff. I've never been anywhere where the wildlife showed no fear.

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Dori J.

Riverside, CT
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Amazing!! The moment you see the Antarctic continent for the first time is magical. And who doesn't love being surrounded by penguins? Top-notch service, very knowledgeable guides who were also a lot of fun! Exceeded expectations for sure (and they were already high).

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Kristoffer F.

Santiago, Chile
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Excellent, above my expectations!! Beth at ExpeditionTrips was very nice, always cheerful and with a lot of energy. Every contact was very clear and in the right moment. Walking through a penguin colony is amazing! The staff was very helpful and the guides were always teaching you something.

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Laureen S.

Easton, CT
Jan 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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AMAZING! It was a week of wow and wonder. It was well organized, a great experience every day and a lot of fun. Great staff, naturalists, and fellow adventure travelers. ExpeditionTrips had great communication in a timely fashion. Superb.

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Jan M.

Starkville, MS
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Trip was great! Loved the penguins and the whales. The naturalists and historians on board really added to the experience. It was all wonderful. Definitely met all our expectations. It was very easy to communicate with everyone via email at ExpeditionTrips.

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Margret K.

Wayland, MA
Jan 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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We worked with Jennifer Santayo, who answered our many questions with careful consideration and mindfulness. The trip met all our expectations and more. Our trip to the Galapagos was magical. What made the National Geographic Endeavour so special was the professionalism of the entire staff, both the naturalists and the Endeavour staff and crew. While many people choose smaller boats, we wanted a larger one for the breath of offered activities. Because we are seniors and I have vision issues, there were some walks that would have been challenging or impossible to do. Each day, there were walks that I could do, snorkeling that felt comfortable, and endless information about the history, geology, meteorology, flora and fauna, and, of course, evolution and Darwin.

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Lawrence K.

Wayland, MA
Jan 2016

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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This was an excellent expedition to a unique part of the world, and the naturalists helped us to understand just why it's completely different from anywhere else on the earth. The animals were of course a memorable part of the trip. They don't fear humans, and they walk right up to you. The level of service was outstanding. Everything was completely organized, not only on board the ship, but even in the days before and after.

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Daniel P.

Valley Village, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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You guys were awesome and did a great job preparing me for the trip. The envelope I received before the trip was very helpful. Jennifer and Lorraine were both very helpful and answered all my questions throughout the process. I thank you for your great work. The trip was absolutely amazing. It was easily the most amazing travel experience I have had in my life. I would tell future travelers that Antarctica is a truly amazing experience. The staff on the boat was great. They made sure that the guests were always as comfortable as possible. From the people on the boat to the wildlife and landscapes, it is a once in a lifetime type of trip.

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Odella S.

Forest Hills, NY
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Outstanding...way above and beyond anything I have experienced on other cruises. It surpassed my expectations. Genuinely friendly and caring.

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Steve S.

Hong Kong
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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Landing on Antarctica by Zodiac was the most memorable part on my trip. I would definitely plan future trips with you.

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Eunice T.

Falls Church, VA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Superb – going through the Lemaire channel in the ice, seeing seals of all types on ice floats, penguins, albatrosses, glittering ice pieces and glaciars, snow everywhere, and the expedition team. I thought Marybeth at ExpeditionTrips was truly outstanding. I had complete confidence that she knew what was what as far as all the technical arrangements (visa, flights etc).

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Marian K.

West Chester, PA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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It was a WOW experience, the trip of a lifetime. After traveling all 7 continents, we can truthfully say that ExpeditionTrips staff by far surpassed all the other trips' professionals. They were very responive to our questions, and got back to us quickly. Their tips for layering, packing, restaurants just added to the enjoyment. There were so many special moments on our 4-destination trip. Buenos Aires was a surprise, such beautiful architecture, memorable restaurants, and lots to do. We left with so much more to explore. Iguazu Falls was magnificent. We took the speedboat into the Falls and got a up front view. The scenes of the Falls from the Brasilian side are not to be missed, worth getting the extra visa. We walked miles on the Argentinia Side and got great pictures from bridges, really close up. We found Ushuaia to be a quaint seaside town, at the end of the world. It offered many excursions worth taking the extra time to experience. The 4-wheel drive into the lake region was very interesting. We boarded the Sea Spirit for our expedition to Antarctica Peninsula. Words cannot describe how wonderful the whole trip was. Even the Captain was astonished about the weather, and how many continental landings we could exerience. At some points Drake Passage was re-named Drake Lake.

The friendliness, professionalism and knowledge of the crew was very appreciated. They made the adventure that much more special and personalized. The ship photographer took time for each passenger to ensure we got the best pictures possible. Those photos of penguins, whales, glaciers, seals will remind us of the trip of our lifetime.

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Shelley P.

Sacramento, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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I had an absolutely amazing time on my trip. We had fantastic weather, a very mild Drake crossing, and lots of activity from the penguins, seals, and whales. Really an amazing experience and the trip of a lifetime. THANK YOU so much for all your help.

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Georgianna C.

Denver, CO
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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The ice sheets and glaciers were spectacular and so exotic! Penguins are even more entertaining in real life than on the Disney screen... The trip was wonderful. The pre-trip communications from ExpeditionTrips with a variety of materials was extremely helpful. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. The naturalists were very well informed, interesting, accessible and fun.

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Padmini S.

Porter Ranch, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Classic Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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It was an amazing trip. I definitely will share and have already passed on information to friends who are interested. Your assistance exceeded all my expectations. At every level the service was impeccable.

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Peter W.

Anglesey, UK
Jan 2016

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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Fantastic, lived up to my expectations completely. The wildlife and scenery on the subantarctic islands was extraordinary particularly Macquarie Is. where one can walk freely amongst penguins (thousands), elephant seals, skuas and giant petrels. On the Ross Sea there were two memorable Zodiac trips amongst the bergs and pack ice which accumulate at Cape Adare (but stopped us landing), and the visits to the Scott Terra Nova and Shackleton Nimrod huts, both beautifully conserved, was very moving. Very careful and safety conscious on the Zodiac trips and excellent lectures and videos during the long days at sea.

The service, information, advice and help by email and phone from ExpeditionTrips was the best I have ever received from a tour agent, particularly given the distance and timelag (UK) between us.

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Lindsay C.

Victoria, Australia
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing – Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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Wonderful. As extraordinary as expected. The small size of the Ocean Nova with only 68 passengers, meant very little queuing for zodiacs. Flying the Drake Passage was a great plus. Excellent crew, food and leaders on the ship and all the wildlife we'd hoped for at the perfect time of the season. Very good weather which was fortunate. Always felt encouraged to ask questions and liked the enthusiasm of the guides.

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Eileen L.

San Francisco, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Being in Antartica was an incredible experience. In general, the level of service was excellent. Very impressive naturalist guides, the dining room staff was extremely accommodating and the cabin steward was marvelous.

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Marian S.

Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 2016

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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I was worried that a 200 guest ship to Antarctica would be too many people, but I was wrong. It was wonderful. The people you meet on a trip like this are truly remarkable! The shipboard friends, penguins, icebergs, whales, birds were all bonuses!! Ship staff and naturalists guides were all professional experts in their fields AND fun to be with!

I was just shopping around on line and was led to the ExpeditionTrips website. I left a quick email. Jennifer called me back right away, helped me find the best tour package/provider for me and I was on my way! She took all the endless shopping out of the process and provided me with personal service. The trip planner, organization of all the forms, and lists of things to do and when made this as easy as possible for a very busy person....oh, and the reminder calls!

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Michael K.

Pheonix, AZ

Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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It was a trip of a lifetime. Truly amazing scenery, wildlife and expertise of the expedition staff. It met and exceeded all expectations. The organization and handling of all the trip details went very smoothly and no major interruptions or issues.

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Charles E.

Richardson, TX
Dec 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Excellent destination. It was all that we had hoped for. the crew and staff were very good and met all of our expectations. The naturalist Nadia was excellent.

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Mike M.

Borrego Springs, CA
Dec 2015

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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I liked the experience. Hikes, snorkeling and kayaking. Good informative discussions by the staff. Results for this trip exceeded expectation. Very satisfied with the experience.

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Cecelia D.

Lithonia, GA
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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I had a fantastic time, and I can not say enough about the staff and their knowledge of bird, penguin, seal, whale, and cameras. Anything that you had a question about, they had it's answer. I loved Shelly the expedition leader. The ship's crew was just as wonderful. I would go another expedition with that crew any day. Wow!!! Dave the photographer showed us how to get great pics, and trust me my pics are great!

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Carolynn B.

Redwood City, CA
Dec 2015

Antarctica Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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The highlight was setting foot on Antarctica and seeing the animals interact in their natural environment. The ship staff were tremendous, as was the food on board the ship. The service was exceptional. Everything we needed was provided. The onboard lectures on the sea days were very informative. We feel we got our money's worth from this trip. The communication provided was superb. We always received timely responses [from ExpeditionTrips] and felt that our questions were answered. They made getting to the boat very easy.

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Michael M.

Tucson, AZ
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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First, Jennifer Santoyo is fantastic. She was a delight to work with and seemed to know just what we would like. I must say that I absolutely love Luxury Expedition Ship travel and can't wait for our next trip. The cruise and the rest of the vacation was way above my expectations. Your recommendation of a hotel for our time in Buenos Aires was the perfect choice for us. We thanked you daily. "Customers...trust these agents! They know their stuff." We had an absolutely fantastic cruise to Antarctica and despite weather challenges always found a great landing or Zodiac cruise for us; a great time exploring Buenos Aires landmarks and a nice Christmas getaway to Iguazú Falls. The wildlife was fantastic, as expected, and the scenery awe-inspiring.Getting to camp on the continent was an incredible opportunity and a definite must. If you go to Antarctica, you absolutely have to avail yourself of an opportunity to camp.

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Donna M.

Orlando, FL
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Far exceeded any expectations. We had beautiful weather with sun everyday and calm seas. Captain Martin was very enthusiatic and had an open bridge. The expedition leader, Shawn, was incredible and we would go anywhere with him and the Captain. All the expedition lectures from all the guides were special. It was special to have Peter Carey aboard who authored The Cruising Guide to Antarctica, and Adam who flew a drone that photographed our trip. The videographer's DVD is a treasure. The crew was the best.

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Zhimin Z.

San Jose, CA
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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The whole trip was excellent. I had lots of unexpected joys.

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Sally H.

Fairport, NY
Dec 2015

Panama Canal & The Wonders of Costa Rica

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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I've booked three trips with you and appreciate all you have done for us. The Canal is a Wonder of the World. We were given excellent history and workings of the Canal. Very knowledgeable and patient staff and guides.

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Jae W.

Little Rock, AR
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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ExpeditionTrips makes you feel like you are their priority. One can't complain about perfection! Their communication was outstanding. I was given good advice and felt that every effort was made to ensure that our trip was exceptional.

The scenery was absolutely breathtaking. Not just once, but every single day. National Geographic made each and every day memorable. Over and over I heard travelers stating that just when they thought that they had had the best day ever, the next day was just as exceptional.

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Joanne S.

Raleigh, NC
Dec 2015

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Everything was superb. The experience of being so close to the wildlife was amazing. It was so wonderful not to have a care in the world, staff took care of every detail. The naturalist guides were exceptional, I think we had the best guides in all the world! I was so impressed with their knowledge and their passion for what they do. Just want to say thank you for helping us experience the trip of a lifetime! You are wonderful. I was just in awe that everything was so organized and so well planned. Far exceeded my expectations.

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Sande S.

Littleton, CO
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Antarctica is truly a "must see" place for us all! The Explorer Team was friendly, knowledgeable and beyond capable. The experience was enhanced by the nice co-passengers from all over the world  Beautiful ship. Luxury rooms. Amazing food.

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Arthur S.

Bainbridge Island, WA
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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It was like going through a portal to a different dimension with all new experiences. The highlights had to be the Zodiac cruising among the icebergs then cutting the engines. We sat in total silence for 10 minutes taking in the surroundings and the absence of civilization. The service was outstanding, the educational lectures were very interesting and informative. The staff was very dedicated and passionate about presenting their interests. I wish I could have had another week.

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Fran B.

Calabasas, CA
Dec 2015

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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The trip of a lifetime! The Polar Pioneer and the staff were incredible. South Georgia Island - Elsehul, Salisbury Plains and Gold Harbor were highlights. The big ice in Antarctica was just mind-blowing. It surpassed my expectations in every way. The crew and expedition staff were just wonderful. We all felt very lucky to have Howard as our leader and for being on such a sturdy small vessel.

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Umang S.

San Bruno, CA
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Exceeded all my expectations. One of the best trips I've been on. I highly recommend this to others.The staff and crew were excellent. The ship was just the right size (137 passengers) – giving a better chance to get to know people, and try different activities. Beth was very helpful and helped me pick out the best ship based on my preferences.

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Patricia K.

Ludlow, VT
Dec 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Coral I / Coral II

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The trip went very well. Perfect weather everyday! I loved the beaches and snorkeling. My younger daughter and son-in-law liked it all.

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David T.

Eugene, OR
Dec 2015

Panama Canal & the Wonders of Costa Rica

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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ExpeditionTrips' whole process is very well designed, kept us informed and made the whole thing as stress free as possible. The passage through the Panama Canal was very interesting. The chance to experience the coastal environment was very rewarding. Also, the intimacy of a small ship and a very helpful and positive staff made the trip all the more enjoyable. The service was exceptional and the guides were extremely knowledgeable and always available to answer questions and make suggestions on how to maximize our experience.

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Barbara G.

New York, NY
Dec 2015

Galapagos Classic + Peru

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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Excellent trip from start to finish! Exceeded our modest expectations. Well organized and trouble-free. La Pinta is a very comfortable ship with attentive staff and very knowledgeable naturalist guides.

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Alissa A.

Ashland, OR
Dec 2015

The Coral Sea – Solomon Islands to New Zealand

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Discoverer

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I really enjoyed being able to turn my travel over to you guys – the experts. I trust that you will provide excellent experiences and get me aligned with people and places that are of interest to me. Thank you!

Both parts of my trip were fantastic. The cruise was exceptional in terms of food, and the naturalist on board. I also really enjoyed my accommodations and the service on board. Best food of any ship I've been on.

New Zealand on my own was a new experience for me. The two naturalists in Able Tasman park were fantastic. I have to say so far the best group of naturalists I've experienced on an expedition cruise, and I really enjoyed the one-on-one experience with them. I think going "first class" for a land-based trip is essential, because there are so many other tourists around.

Thank you so much for all you do for me. I really feel part of the family working with ExpeditionTrips.com.

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Tom H.

Delaware, OH
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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I really appreciated your assistance in answering questions - down to very small details. I was also very appreciative of how you checked in to make sure that I had forms completed when they needed to be. This was a trip of a lifetime. The pristine natural scenery and the wildlife encounters were like nothing else I have ever experienced. While I enjoyed taking a lot of pictures, my most memorable moments were of the times that I just stopped, sat down and observed.

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Kok Kim P.

Singapore
Dec 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral Antarctica

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Jennifer Santoyo of ExpeditionTrips was very responsive. We were blessed with excellent weather and had gorgeous sightings of wildlife and their young (penguins with their chicks and eggs and elephant and fur seals with their cubs) as well as whales (orcas, humpbacks, southern right and fin whales). The Captain of ship and crew worked closely with expedition naturalists especially on whale sightings and gave plenty of time for photos and videos while respecting wildlife. That was great. Very professional and obliging and friendly, especially attentive to our 11 year old son. Polite housekeeping and service staff made living on board very easy and comfortable. We were prepared for a rough Drake Passage, but was not as bad. Weather was excellent and we managed to do all but 1 of the planned landings. Achieved aims of seeing wildlife with their young closeup as well as the magnificent orcas and whales. So all in all a great adventure!

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Cathy W.

Rocky River, OH
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Thank-you! [The most memorable parts were] the clarity and beauty; the proximity of the wildlife; the kayaking and camping; the expertise of the expedition crew; the pampering from the ship's crew; and the global nature of our fellow passengers. Blew our tiny little minds. We had high, but unspecific expectations. The reality was so much more. The hand holding through the forms process was great. We heard a horror story on board from someone who had also booked and paid for kayaking through their travel agent, but the agent had never confirmed the booking with the expedition company. As a result, they were unable to kayak. Greatly appreciated that you both pushed us to sign up for the kayaking, and ensured all communication went smoothly.

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Christine C.

Riverside, CT
Dec 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Staff was courteous and attentive. Getting up so close to the animals was amazing.

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Cuba Traveler

Punta Gorda, FL
Dec 2015

Cuba Voyage

Sailing Vessel Panorama

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The Cuba trip was a great success! Good accommodation on the ship. Crew, food & drink were excellent. Guide was absolutely terrific. Wonderful people and impressive social accomplishments (education, health, equality).

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Mark and Ruth S.

Gainesville, FL
Dec 2015

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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The.Amazon river cruise was amazing!! All in all we are very satisfied and will use your company again in the future. You [Abby] were great to work with, enthusiastic and professional, answering every question and helping us with all our arrangements. It exceeded our expectations in every way. When we come to book our next trip we will definitely ask for you!

Denis, Segundo and Usiel were the best - they were incredible guides. The ship was lovely - very comfortable in every way. We made some good friends. It was one of the most enjoyable trips we have taken and we have travelled a lot. We also really appreciated the level of of customer care which was excellent. We were well taken care of in every respect from beginning to end. We particularly want to commend Denis who handled every situation and every personality with good humor and tact.

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Supratik M.

Sunnyvale, CA
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The trip was out of this world. Antarctica is the hidden continent of the world. Difficult to get to, but gratifying when you reach. Beautiful icebergs, large number of penguins and huge whales were highlights of our trip. I will always remember the camping experience and our polar plunge. MS Expedition gave us great food and kept us entertained.

ExpeditionTrips helped us all the way from beginning to end - prompt replies, clear information, and friendly people on the call and emails.

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Michael G.

San Francisco, CA
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp

Research Ship Plancius

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The trip was wonderful. It was really a very different experience than my first trip to Antarctica with all of the activities. Camping on New Year's Eve was breathtaking, and then when we went mountaineering we got a completely different perspective than I had ever had before, seeing Antarctica from above.

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Dallas C.

Muswellbrook, NSW
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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The smaller ship and passenger numbers being lower was perfect with services, staff interaction and Zodiac excursions. The booking process was excellent especially considering that communications were from Australia to America. The booking and arrangements all came together.

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Carlene M.

Bainbridge Island, WA
Dec 2015

Antarctic Peninsula – Classic Air-Cruise

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (Air-Cruise)

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The wildlife was fantastic and the scenes are breathtaking. Nothing in the world like it. Exceeded expectations – staying in the Zodiacs when we were suppose to return to the ship in order to watch more whales.

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Miles T.

Waunakee, WI
Nov 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Fantastic trip! It exceeded my expectations and you provided fantastic support.

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Nick N.

Taunton, UK
Nov 2015

Patagonia, Chilean Fjords & Argentina's Staten Island

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The trip was very interesting much of it unlike anywhere I have been - I did not have too many expectations, though I thought the country would be wild, and it lived up to that in spades! [The most memorable parts were] the temperate rain forest on Chiloe Island National Park, Pulamin Nature Sanctuary, spectacular views of the fjords and glaciers, incredible winds over wild moorland inhabited by vaious types of llama, visiting Staten Island and seeing large flocks of birds, Magellan penguins as well as sealions close up. As ever ExpedtionTrips' service was excellent and delivered in a warm, friendly way.

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Olga O.

Goodyear, AZ
Nov 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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The trip was amazing and it definitely exceeded our expectations!  We had no idea we would enjoy the Galapagos so much. Seeing and being so close to so many different species of animals both on land and in the ocean was a wonderful experience. Every excursion was interesting and always included new discoveries for us. The quality of the snorkeling really surprised us as well. It was some of the best snorkeling we’ve done, up there with Tahiti and the Philippines! And swimming with the sea lions was so special. The ship, crew and guides were great as well - professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. We’d wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the ship, and ExpeditionTrips to our friends. In fact, we already recommended you to another couple on the cruise. We appreciate your great level of customer service and knowledge! We liked the final itinerary that even included all the portions of the trip that ExpeditionTrips did not coordinate/book for us (eg. our flights, hotel, insurance). From our experience this type of final trip documentation is a value-add and a differentiator in the market. Thanks Joy and Lorraine!

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Kathleen F.

Atco, NJ
Nov 2015

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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ExpeditionTrips gave first-class treatment the entire way! Trip was surreal! I don't think too many words can really explain the feeling of being in the Galapagos on this expedition. I felt as if I was in another world.

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Mary P.

Sammamish, WA
Nov 2015

Complete Cuba

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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We had a fantastic expedition to Cuba. We were able to learn about Cuba through our visits with local naturalists, musicians, farmers, artists, and educators. We were lead by top-notch staff and guides. Our leader, CJ, was organized, flexible, creative, and fun. Our local guide, Edelso, was unflappable, knowledgeable, patient, and fun.

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Allen C.

Los Altos Hills, CA
Nov 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Lyrial Antarctica

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Continue the great job! ET had timely follow-up and answered our questions. Wonderful trip in the White Continent which is completely different to our daily world.

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Dennis O.

Concord, NC
Nov 2015

Churchill – Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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The most memorable [part] was seeing polar bears so close and so many-38. Our guide, Sheri, was devoted to our group seeing bears and enjoying our trip. We also had an unexpected show of the Northern Lights for over an hour. Far exceeded [my expectations]. I was wowed every day. [ExpeditionTrips had] great communication and recommendations. So glad I found you.

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Andrew R.

Gaver De Grace, MD
Nov 2015

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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Thank you Expedition Trips for helping me plan the most memorable trip I have ever been on. Traveling to Antarctica had been a bucket list item of mine for quite some time. When I decided to pull the trigger and book the trip I googled Antarctica cruises and came across Expedition Trips. I am so glad that I did. They were able to offer great advice and insight, and worked with me to find an expedition that fit into my schedule and budget. They were extremely responsive and quick to answer any and all questions I had. I had the most amazing time traveling to Antarctica. The views are indescribable and my pictures just don't do them justice. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

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Matthew G.

Mundelein, IL
Nov 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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Sometimes you see destination wildlife photos and think that was a lucky shot and don't expect to see the same thing, but that was not the case. I saw all the animals up close and was able to even interact with their curiosity as some of them approached us. My favorite and most fun part of the trip was swimming with the sea lions and penguins. It was amazing how close the wildlife gets to you.

Jennifer did a great job answering my questions and providing me with lots of information. This trip surpassed my expectations.

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Judy P.

Seattle, WA
Nov 2015

Complete Cuba

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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Most Memorable:
Agricultural stops - tobacco, coffee, organic gardens, La Terrazzo.
Birding in the National Park near Bay of Pigs.
Walking through Old Havana & celebrating my sister's birthday in a 50's car ride.
Walking back after dinner along the seawall. Trip coordination was wonderful, with guides who took all possible opportunities to educate, engage, and support us. The two guides were well-balanced: one Cuban, one USA and couldn't have been better! Their different perspectives added greatly to our experience

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Mary J.

Lakeville, MA
Nov 2015

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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Seeing unique wildlife was the best part!

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Lori R.

Austin, TX
Nov 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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It was amazing! I loved kayaking in the Antarctic and seeing the beautiful whales, penguins, seals, and albatross! It was excellent service and I was very comfortable on the ship. It exceeded expectations. Jessica and Amanda were very informative and relatable. Since they have both been to Antarctica they were great resources. Jessica had also traveled to Antarctica solo, so I really valued having her as a resource as a single female traveler.

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Michael W.

Smithtown, NY
Nov 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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The trip was great. My favorite events usually involved snorkeling. A sea lion swam circles around me, a sea turtle drifted lazily right beside me, and I swam close behind a whitetip shark. I was also happy to see several short eared owls at Genovesa. The staff were amazing. They took care of everything professionally and courteously. Every meal was delicious and the wait staff was lightning fast. Our rooms were cleaned several times a day and were always neat. I appreciated that I was able to book the whole trip online through email. It made it easy for me to take care of in my spare tim.

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Joan N.

Santiago, Chile
Nov 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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The trip was amazing, truly the trip of a lifetime. My favorite part was getting in the Zodiacs and going ashore to see penguins, glaciers, etc. It was so much more than I imagined. The Polar Expedition staff was experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. The kitchen staff was great in dealing with my food issues! ET was always ready to answer my questions, no matter how trivial.

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Ron K.

San Diego, CA
Nov 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xpedition

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North Seymour Island was the highlight—the bird viewing there was AMAZING. I would definitely recommend the Xpedition. Very courteous service from Abby and the team, no complaints.

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Lynn B.

Loveland, OH
Oct 2015

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Terrific! A 10! Galapagos flora, fauna and landscape are incredible; made even more fantastic by the National Park guides. Service and knowledge of staff was exceptionally high. Trip exceeded our very high expectations. Probably the most logistically organized trip we have ever taken. Absolutely no concerns about moving from one point to another. All questions addressed and followed up on in very timely manner. Kudos to Beth Mercier [at ET] for her excellent service helping to plan this trip and then assisiting with recovery of my lost phone after.

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Andrew M.

Chicago, IL
Oct 2015

Complete Cuba

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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Superb experience with ExpeditionTrips. Excellent leve of service.

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Christine G.

Seattle, WA
Sep 2015

Kenya Migration Safari

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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I like that Chris was able to do the conference call meetings with my husband and I, and provide the comparison grid of options. We were really coming into this blind, so that background info was helpful.

The safari was wonderful. The camps were super comfortable. The guides were a 10 out of 10, incredibly knowledgeable, but also diplomatic, efficient, and great company.

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Erika P.

Seattle, WA
Sep 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Coral I / Coral II

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We had a fantastic trip. It stands out as one of my most memorable travel experiences. The ship was lovely, and the guides were extremely knowledgeable. I would love to go back. Thanks for all of your help in making the planning process seamless.

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Esther P.

Arlington Heights, IL
Sep 2015

Pribilof Archipelago and the Kodiak Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral

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Thank you all for making this such a wonderful experience for me. I would have happily spent the rest of my life aboard L'Austral. Jennifer and MaryBeth were excellent in providing the information I needed. I look forward to a long and happy association with ExpeditionTrips. The staff made extensive efforts to make certain their English-speaking participants had a good experience, were well cared for and were happy. I hope to book with them again as these small ships, excellent expedition and ship staff, unusual itineraries, all-inclusive offers, French ambience and the fair and conscientious way they treat customers are powerful incentives.

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Tommye T.

Brentwood, TN
Sep 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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It was a trip of a lifetime! I never wanted for anything. There was always a profession/naturalist over my shoulder to answer any question. It truly met and exceeded all of my expectations. I was never bored, the naturalists were professional, and the food was over the top!

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Trevor R.

Houston, TX
Sep 2015

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Excellent trip. Ship service was outstanding. Well planned and coordinated. Outstanding guides who really were passionate about the islands and could not do enough for us.

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Melissa S.

New Milford, CT
Sep 2015

Iceland

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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Great! Loved all of the islands, and hiking along the cliffs.

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Susan L.

Powder Springs, GA
Sep 2015

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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First class, everything I had hoped for. ExpeditionTrips was well organized, and most helpful. The naturalists were very knowledgeable.

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Peter L.

Orinda, CA
Aug 2015

The Northwest Passage

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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Fantastic! It was what we hoped for, but more—utterly amazing wildlife viewing which included 51 polar bears, being in a pod of Beluga whales in the zodiacs, and two arctic wolves! Several staff contributed their own areas of expertise, and we benefited from each one of them. We "went along for the ride" without preconceived expectations of what we would see, and what we experienced was far more than we hoped for. 

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Myra J.

Nova Scotia, Canada
Aug 2015

Canadian Arctic & Greenland

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Explorer

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Exceeded my expectations. I've been to the Arctic twice before: Svalbard and East Greenland. I saw much more wildlife this time and had cultural opportunities never before offered to such an extent. I especially will remember throat singing by an Inuit woman in Arctic Bay. The level of service from expedition leaders and the historian were top notch. Especially loved hanging out with Dr. Bob at Thule beach sites.

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Yngvar B.

Indianapolis, IN
Aug 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Grace

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My trip was awesome! Interacting with the sea lions and swimming with the sharks were my two favorite memories. The trip was over the top and we loved every minute of it!

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Don K.

Scottsdale, AZ
Aug 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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ExpeditionTrips assisted us in our plans to visit the Galapagos. Whenever we had a question about the cost, the itinerary, the boat, the animals, they not only responded accurately but quickly as well. ET far exceeded our expectations to help plan our travel and recommend them to anyone planning a trip anywhere. Our trip was fantastic. Every single aspect was excellent...the guides, the food, the adventure, the boat, it was all great. The guides were very knowledgable about the islands, the history, the animals, the preservation therein...very informative. The staff on the boat was more than willing to help out in any way they could to make sure we were not only comfortable but safe as well.

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Pat A.

New York, NY
Aug 2015

Iceland Circumnavigation – Fire and Ice

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (78 Passengers)

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ExpeditionTrips' assistance was excellent. They answered my questions promptly and accurately and when they didn't have the answer at their fingertips, they sought it out and provided it quickly. The zodiac rides were exhilarating and the guides worked hard to make it an adventure. The staff and guides were excellent.

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Mary Kay W.

Arlington Heights, IL
Jul 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Animal life was definitely a highlight, both in the water and on the land. The landscape was very interesting, beautiful and unique. Staff on the Flamingo was excellent, helpful and friendly. We had two naturalist guides, Hernan and James, both knowledgeable and suggested fun things for the kids to do.

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John B.

Sierra Vista, AZ
Jul 2015

Amazon River Expedition

River Boat Delfin I

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Exceeded my expectations by far. Peru is a must visit country—what an adventure! The help and support from ET was outstanding and made us feel very special. ExpeditionTrips has it totally together, and are very well organized.

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Antje F.

San Diego, CA
Jul 2015

Alaska's Inside Passage - Western Coves

Expedition Ship Wilderness Discoverer

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The itinerary was, as always, spectacular. This is the 15th time on small cruise ships in SE Alaska for me and the quality of service was by far the best. Wildlife appearance, which is, by nature, not controllable, was maximized by the flexibility of the itinerary. We saw a brown bear chomping grass at close range and many, many whales breaching and tail-slapping. The lighthouse visit was also very interesting. The "polar plunge" was a special occasion for the whole family.

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Paul S.

Lake Oswego, OR
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Great customer service from ship staff, and great food. We were fortunate to have clear weather, which greatly enhanced wildlife sightings and landing abilities. Exceeded my expectations, and I've traveled to over 70 countries, with groups, solo, and with different providers.

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Sue P.


Jul 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution (charter)

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We had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The trip was terrific and we were amazed at how close we could get to the wildlife. I think seeing the giant tortoises, and swimming with the sea turtles were two special moments. The staff/crew were fabulous, very professional, very friendly, kind and caring. We always felt we were in good hands. The guides made sure we got to see the sights, they were knowledgeable, and likewise made sure we were safe.

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Kendall W.

Lake Oswego, OR
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Great weather...good wildlife viewing – polar bears (4) and walrus (55-60). I am confident that expedition team positioned us the best they could to see what was there. The daily planning was awesome with activities in morning and afternoon (e.g. landings/zodiac cruises/lectures) and no wasted blocks of time.

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Patrick S.

Long Beach, CA
Jul 2015

Alaska – Glacier Bay National Park

Motor Yacht Safari Explorer

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Fabulous, the trip was great! Glaciers and wildlife, including bears and whales, were fascinating. The boat was near perfect in size—large enough to have equipment and small enough to get into places. The crew, staff and Glacier Bay Park naturalist were spectacular.

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Eugene N.

Dubai, UAE
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Explorer

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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My first polar experience to Svalbard was really AMAZING!! And therefore, the second and third are definitely on the way. I must say this trip–from the booking handling up to the the very last day at the airport–was arranged perfectly and beyond my expectation. The encounter with polar bears in the sea ice was definitely the highlight of the trip! And sea kayaking offered a closeness with nature, as well as the tundra hike.

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Susan S.

Armonk, NY
Jul 2015

Iceland & Greenland – Disko Bay and the Southern Fjords

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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We had a good trip! Greenland was where we wanted to go and we're glad we went. Although the mainland is 80% ice covered, the coast is not—small towns and settlements were interesting. We would probably go on the ship again, if it was traveling to a location in which we were interested as it was comfortable and pleasant. Staff were well trained, accommodating, and nice.

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Debra P.


Jul 2015

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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I loved Glacier Bay. All the naturalists aboard the Sea Lion were very knowledgeable and professional.

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Donna B.

Seattle, WA
Jul 2015

Alaska's Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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I had super high expectations, and it exceeded them all. Unbelievable. Just fabulous. It was so breathtakingly beautiful. Kayaking past icebergs was magical. It was great to kayak with my parents who, at 75, had never kayaked. They loved it. I found my new happy place.

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Michele N.

Castle Rock, CO
Jul 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Our trip was amazing! Better than I could have ever imagined. Ecuador is beautiful and I learned so much about the Galapagos. The wildlife is plentiful and all encompassing. I truly felt like we were off the grid and experiencing an untouched part of the world. The Amazon was the perfect way to end the trip. The seclusion of Napo Wildlife Center was quiet and serene. We saw monkeys and birds and even an anaconda! We were lucky to experience the lifestyle of the Kichwa people and how they care for this land and the center that helps support their village and people.

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Kathleen N.

Kennebunk, ME
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Wonderful trip! We saw so many exciting things: polar bears, beluga whales, puffins, minke whales, blue whales, walruses, reindeer, seals, and many different types of birds. We had amazing hikes and beautiful Zodiac cruises. The pace of the trip was perfect. I loved the hiking and I LOVED seeing the wildlife so close! The staff on board was excellent....very friendly, fun, knowledgeable, safety conscious, and hard working. ExpeditionTrips was prompt, courteous, and professional.

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Bob H.

Bonney Lake, WA
Jul 2015

Galapagos Classic

Sailing Vessel Mary Anne

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Great! Beyond expectations!

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Jill B.

Duvall, WA
Jul 2015

Arctic Watch

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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We had a wonderful time on the Arctic Watch Trip. The most exciting part was viewing the beluga whales up close. Two nights after dinner we spent hours watching and photographing the whales and their young splashing in the shallows of the river. Artic Watch is an amazing and beautiful place with it's isolation and desolation. Each family member takes part in the running of the camp which makes it even more special because it made us feel like part of the family. They participated in the daily trips and ate at our tables with us. Also the emphasis on safety was also very comforting. The staff was outstanding. Always very polite and helpful. The guides were also very knowledgeable and personable as they showed us the countryside on various forms of transportation (ATV, kayaks, rafting, hiking).

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Stuart M.

Sanibel, FL
Jun 2015

Land of the Ice Bears - Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Our trip was excellent. The most memorable parts of this journey was the Polar Bear coming right up to the bow of the boat and the wonderful hour we spent with the whales. The naturalist lectures were something to look forward to on a daily basis.

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Marina L.

Gibsonia, PA
Jun 2015

Ultimate Galapagos

Expedition Ship Isabela II (charter)

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The trip was amazing. The Peru section was covered by very knowledgeable and pleasant guides. I saw and learned more than I expected. Lodging was wonderful in each location, and so was the food. This trip surpassed my expectations.

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Virginia M.

Athens, GA
Jun 2015

Land of the Ice Bears - Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Superb, everything went smoothly. The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered was outstanding. The most memorable parts were seeing polar bears, whales, walrus, glaciers, and the midnight sun.

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Arvand B.

Ontario, Canada
Jun 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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Excellent trip! You get to see all the animals above and under water. Very helpful guides and ship crew. Great food aboard the ship.

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Rita S.

Topeka, KS
Jun 2015

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (78 Passengers)

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All in all, a trip that was too good to be true, but it was ALL true: over 10 polar bear sightings, with several up close so that we could see Mom & Cub, a bear eating a nest of goose eggs, and 2 big males battling over and sharing a just-killed narwhal. Wow! Whales, walrus, foxes, seals, birds and more!

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Liz F.

Radnor, PA
Jun 2015

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Beyond our expectations - the best trip we have taken! The guides were well informed and funny. The service was superlative. Jennifer, Abby and Lorraine all delivered over and above expectations. Nice personal touch.

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Dave G

San Bruno, CA
Jun 2015

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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Fantastic! Loved the first class service, the ship, the daily activities, getting to know the fellow passengers and the entire crew and naturalists. The trip exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful to share the experiences with my wife and additional family members.

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Alissa A.

Ashland, OR
Jun 2015

Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Bako Park was my favorite, and the trip up the Black River. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was very satisfied. Excellent service. ExpeditionTrips had quick responses, informative and personnel. They feel like friends.

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Karen S.

Gilford, NH
Jun 2015

Wild Norway & Svalbard

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer (charter)

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Excellent! The most memorable parts were cruising the Lofoton Islands, museum in Longyearbyen, seeing polar bear and walrus on beach, and the scenery on Spitsbergen.

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Susan R.

Frisco, TX
Jun 2015

Alaska's Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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Outstanding! Kayaking beside a glacier was the most memorable part of the expedition.

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Marlene R.

Saltspring Island, Canada
May 2015

Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Fabulous! Every single aspect was perfect. Top notch expeditionary staff, very helpful and friendly; extremley organized and safety conscious. Lastly, the stops and scenery, so beautiful. Cannot say enough as to how much I enjoyed this trip!

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Roberta M.

Bridgeport, NY
May 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Our trip was very enjoyable. The ship surpassed our expectations. The staff and nature guides were professional, very knowledgeable, and accommodating to individual needs. The food and service was great. Most enjoyable for us was the wild life especially the Blue-footed Boobies.

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Paul D.

Naples, FL
May 2015

Circumnavigate Iceland

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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The team at ExpeditionTrips was very helpful every step of the way. Many parts of our Icelandic tour on the Fram were outstanding including the ship, the crew and the excursions. This tour included birds, land animals and geology in a very interesting country based on an outstanding vessel. The staff were very competent and friendly. The expedition guides included an ornithologist and a geologist. All of the expedition guides were knowledgeable, friendly and outstanding.

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Linda E.

Morrison, CO
May 2015

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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We had our 3 grand daughters with us. It was their first adventure trip. They thrived and wanted to take part in EVERY outing. It was so rewarding to watch them learning and experiencing. The planning phase was easy, efficient and thorough. Thank you for making the planning for 7 (two families) as easy as possible.

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Anne E.

Victoria BC
May 2015

Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The ambiance in every department was exceptional and the food absolutely delicious. The organization of the Zodiacs and the tour buses was well done. I felt very safe at all times. The service in every department of the ship was first class. The lectures very informative. It surpassed my expectations by a longshot. ExpeditionTrips' assistance with any question was handled very well and immediately.

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Robert J.

New York, NY
Apr 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The naturalists dedication to the Islands is edifying and inspiring. Very, very, good: punctual, efficient, and of good cheer. My expectations were met since I have studied various aspects of the Galapagos.

It is not easy putting one's mind about a trip to the Galapagos. But questions and doubts were dealt with by the ET staff and their assurances were well founded.

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Jesse P.

New Haven, CT
Apr 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Loved the snorkeling, especially the marine iguanas and sea lions!

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Roger E.

Fredericksburg, VA
Apr 2015

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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Outstanding, exceded my expectations! The knowledge and expertise of the leaders were outstanding. Good introduction to the ecosystem and culture of the Amazon.

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Sharon C.

Forest Park, IL
Apr 2015

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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Trip was excellent! Highlight was seeing so many animals endemic to Galapagos: the face of the red-footed booby, the feet of the blue-footed booby, standing next to a sand covered sea lion pup, walking with giant tortoises, hearing and seeing great frigate birds in full mating array and the beauty of red-billed tropicbirds. I could just go on and on...

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Dennis S.

Silver City, NM
Apr 2015

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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The trip was terrific. In a short period of time, we got an incredibly varied and rich introduction to the Peruvian Amazon. It was extremely well organized and very efficiently conducted. The schedules for each day's activities were well thought out with a lot of variety built into the schedule. The small boat trips we made each day to spot wildlife were easily the most memorable together with the terrific spotting ability of both the guides and the motor operators so we could see and identify what we observed. It was also a nice touch at the end of the boat trip to go over with a map and bird list checking off all the places we stopped and what we saw and did. I really liked the two times we did early morning excursions before breakfast.

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Betty S.

Silver City, NM
Apr 2015

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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If I have to choose the most memorable part of the expedition, I'd say that my greatest thrill was seeing the abundant wildlife that our knowledgeable and keen-eyed naturalists helped us to find: a hundred plus bird species, nine kinds of monkeys, twelve kinds of frogs, sloths, snakes, caimans, lizards and more. Pink and gray dolphins appeared on all the waterways we traversed. The trip far exceeded my expectations. It wasn't even as hot and buggy as I had expected in the tropics.

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Ken C.

Neconset, NY
Apr 2015

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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I was extremely busy while I was booking the trip. Chris and the team did a great job of ensuring that everything was taken care of for me and made sure that everything was properly completed and the trip went off without any hitches. While the trip was a little more structured than I would have liked, the interaction with the wildlife was unforgettable. We got very up close and personal with sea lions, boobies, fur seals, tortoises, albatross, iguanas, sharks, and many other varieties of birds and fish. The access to the wildlife and the beauty of the beaches, the water, and the landscape made this an extremely remarkable and memorable trip. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. They helped to create a real learning experience, knew where to go to see things, and were available throughout the cruise to answer questions and provide insight.

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Jean C.

Sanford, FL
Apr 2015

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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ExpeditionTrips anticipated our needs and questions, kept us informed and on track throughout the planning. Remembering that we were celebrating a 50th anniversary was special. The trip was beyond expectation. It made us forget about the expense and appreciate the level of service, the beautiful ship, expert and friendly guides, excursions on the fly, interaction with villagers, and the birds, monkeys and frogs!!

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Claire W.

Brookline, MA
Apr 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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ExpeditionTrips was very easy to work with and very responsive to my questions and needs. I loved seeing endemic animals up close and snorkeling with the sea turtles.

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Richard W.

Newton, CT
Apr 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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ExpeditionTrips was excellent. They were on top of all requests; as well as making sure all documents were in place when required. Every moment of the expedition was as wonderful and exciting as I dreamed. Passengers were so easy to gain as friends; and the crew and guides knew what they were doing for all of us. We can only say that as a bucket list trip, it was one of the best!

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Lauretta C.

St. Augustine, FL
Apr 2015

Complete Cuba

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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Our trip was fantastic. We were able to meet and discuss living and experiences with Cubans in their own turf. Honest and sincere dialog was exchanged. Our guides were beyond excellent. They were honest, open, and straight forward about the living conditions, obstacles, politics, and environment of Cuba.

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Mary M.

Huntersville, NC
Mar 2015

Panama Canal & the Wonders of Costa Rica

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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Marvelous trip. The staff and guides were very knowledgeable and with good humor. One of the most memorable parts was going down the Panama Canal at night. We saw the most birds and other wildlife at the private Botanical Gardens.

Joy and Marybeth did an excellent joy in helping me plan the trip. Everything went as planned and far exceeded my expectations. I wish they had been on the trip.

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Sandy B.

Brevard, NC
Mar 2015

Baja – Among the Great Whales

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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Absolutely fabulous! Getting to be up close with the grey whales (mothers and babies) was such a thrill. Since this was our 3rd trip with National Geographic, we knew we would be well-taken care of. We learned so much and the naturalists' knowledge of the whales and area is unsurpassable!!

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Bill B.

Brevard, NC
Mar 2015

Baja – Among the Great Whales

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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Great trip! Jessica and all of the staff were very responsive to our questions. This is the third time that we have used Expeditions Trips. Every time was great.

It was exciting to see the gray whales close-up. The babies were one month old, 15 feet long and weighed 2,000 pounds. However, they were curious like all youngsters. We had 5 naturalists and all of them were well versed in their field. They shared their knowledge with everyone freely and in terms that we could understand. It exceeded my expectations. We saw the largest animals on earth, blue whales, at a fair distance, humpbacks at a medium distance and gray whales really close.

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Jack S.

Ontario, Canada
Mar 2015

Galapagos In-Brief

ExpeditionTrips found me good options last minute and everything went as planned. I can't ask for any more. Excellent trip (Western and Northern Galápagos back to back), every day was different with a variety of hiking and boat rides in the inflatables. Especially enjoyed seeing plenty of the species endemic to the Galápagos, my favorite being the marine iguanas. Service was great, everything was well organized and the guides seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs. The guides explained everything in length during the hikes.

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Robert M.

Calgary, Canada
Mar 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Explorer

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Met and exceeded expectations in ALL respects. All my questions were answered promptly, as were any issues that arose (e.g., surrounding logistics, changes in plans, etc.). I also appreciated the help staff gave me in filing an insurance claim last year, when our first attempt at this trip had to be cancelled. 

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Linda M.

Portland, OR
Mar 2015

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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Our trip was planned very last minute (3-4 weeks before departure) and yet we were able to get a good cabin and all the information we needed for a successful trip.

The trip was excellent. Although I have seen many photos of animals and heard many stories about others' trips to the Galapagos, being there made me appreciate the varied environments and ecosystems in a first-hand way. Being able to "talk to" the animals close-up was better than seeing them in a photo!

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Marianne W.

Castle Rock, OR
Mar 2015

Great Apes of Uganda

National Geographic Land Expedition

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Everything we expected was met and even more. The most memorable part was the visit with the gorillas. The group we were with only had to hike about 1.5 hours to reach the gorillas both in Uganda and Rwanda. The drivers and guides did everything possible to please all the guests. All the staff was very, very good and we would highly recommend this trip to persons who are interested in nature and animals. 

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Joanne C.

Chicago, IL
Mar 2015

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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Amazing, beyond all expectations! You will not be the same when you return. This trip was fully entrancing from the start and I did not want to leave! Just that short time fully immersed in nature and all things wild will change your perspective on life. Galapagos was very moving, raw and beautiful. I traveled on the Eclipse and it was first class all the way. The staff and service were top notch. The food was the best I've ever eaten. So fresh and well prepared, plenty of choices, all excellent ones! 

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Anne Marie M.

Seattle, WA
Mar 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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This FAR FAR exceeded my expectations! The trip was amazing! We were blessed with great weather, an amazing staff, and tremendous experiences at every excursion. I had a once-in-a-lifetime moment being surrounded by four humpback whales while kayaking with our group. For people considering the kayaking option, I would highly recommend it!

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Trish V.

Williamsburg, VA
Mar 2015

Panama Canal & the Wonders of Costa Rica

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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I had high expectations having traveled with Lindblad/National Geographic before and they were met. It was wonderful.

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Patricia B.

Portland, OR
Mar 2015

Hawaiian Seascapes

Motor Yacht Safari Explorer

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We met others on the boat and shared with them information about your company and told them we had never been disappointed. The trip was great. We took our daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. Whales and dolphins around the boat had to be the highlight. Also, our grandson announced each day "This is the best day of my life!" Truly a family trip to remember.

The staff was terrific. They made a great effort to accommodate all the passengers. The galley was especially busy with special requests and came through every time. Our group had a terrific time. The trip was just what we hoped for.

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Dolly H.

Harwich, MA
Mar 2015

Panama Canal & the Wonders of Costa Rica

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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The trip was great! The on board travel through the Panama Canal was very informative and a great way to get to know the people we were traveling with. Staff on board ship were excellent and very accommodating. The guides were very knowledgeable and answered all kinds of questions. The trip overland was a remarkable way to get to know Costa Rica and the tropical rain forest. The accommodations just kept getting better and better.

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Bruce P.

Bridgewater, MA
Mar 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Jessica was tremendous in helping with a last minute cabin change....MADE the trip for me. Having the whales go UNDER us on the kayaks was most memorable. The staff and guides were top notch, and one could see not only did they really and truly enjoy their jobs, they all liked each other as well...made a big difference for me.

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Pam D.

Las Vegas, NV
Mar 2015

Galapagos In-Brief

The organization of the guides and the cleanliness of the ship were fantastic!

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Warner H.

Cohasset, MA
Mar 2015

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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From the early planning stage through to the end, Abby and Jennifer were most helpful. Keep up the excellent work! Our National Geographic Galapagos trip aboard the Islander was fantastic - it exceeded our high expectations! Everything was memorable, from the sea lions, to the blue footed boobies, to the interesting geography. The naturalists were very informative and helpful. They made the excursion a great success!

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Joseph S.

Ocean City, MD
Mar 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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It met my expectations, which were high. I have absolutely no complaints about anyone, anywhere or anything, in relation to my cruise on the Expedition. Everything was very professionally presented, and the staff really
cares. The meals were excellent and the time spent aboard was a pleasure.

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Barbara Ann M.

Pittsburg, PA
Mar 2015

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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This trip exceeded our expectations! On our personal "enjoyability" scale, we compare it to our trips to Galapagos and Antarctica. Our Expedition Trips contact, Joy Martinello, is quite knowledgeable and her responses to our many questions were always timely. We very much enjoyed working with her.

Absolutely outstanding! It is hard to pick from such wonderful outings as to which was most memorable: piranha fishing, frog hunting, a visit to a shaman, swimming in the Amazon, kayaking, bird watching, a sunset visit to a lake with giant lily pads, a baby cayman and a large hairy tarantula, and a visit to a local village and school where we got to play with the children.

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Rick T.

Hopkins, MN
Mar 2015

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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We had high expectations that were fulfilled and exceeded. Any questions we had were answered quickly. Every person with whom we dealt who was involved in the transportation and the expedition itself were competent and friendly.

The most memorable part is hard to say, probably the cohesion of the group on our boat and how everyone - we tourists, the naturalists and the crew - enjoyed each other and the experience.

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Willis K.

Missoula MT
Mar 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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Great! Top-notch guides and ship staff were friendly. Blue-footed boobies diving were the most memorable part of the trip.

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Ceola M.

Minneapolis, MN
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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My trip to Antarctica was the most educational and adventure-filled trip of all the seven continents I have visited. Each of my trips was unique, but there is nothing that compared to Antarctica! The guides were phenomenal. They knew their topics and educated us with multimedia presentations that were authentic, relevant and engaging. I was a solo traveler and was made to feel welcomed and included in all aspects of the trip.

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Wes and Jean K.

Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Exceeded expectations, pristine beauty and abundant wildlife. Service staff was extraordinary as were the naturalists. We especially appreciated the trip leaders.

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Ann S.

Ontario, Canada
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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Excellent trip! The kayaking was the best. Judd our kayaking guide took us on some excellent kayaking trips, and explained a lot about the area.

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Sue-Ellen S.

Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Excellent! Truly a trip of a life-time! Efficient, friendly, very fun, extremely competent expedition team, very interesting lectures, they tried their best to accomplish the goals/adventures they would set for the day... And one way or another they accomplished them.... Much to the delight and appreciation of the passengers. Food was good and above everything, you knew they really had your safety in mind!

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Jack H.

La Crescent, MN
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Antarctica was amazing. There was no one thing that stood out, as every experience was over the top. If I could give a higher rating of 10 on a 1 to 10 scale, I would do so.

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Roberta W.

Middleville, MI
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Fabulous!! I don't know the adjectives to describe myt wonderful experiences. Spending a beautiful, sunny day moving through the Lemaire Channel between icebergs and through chunks of sea ice accompanied by a variety of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. In the afternoon we enjoyed ice cream sundaes on the back deck. A rare and lovely day in Antarctica!

With this trip and the previous trip planned through Expedition Trips, I encountered unusual and expected obstacles. Jessica and Amanda went to work immediately to help me successfully overcome those obstacles.

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Denise V.

Concord, CA
Feb 2015

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The trip was everything I'd hoped for and more. When one thinks of the Galapagos, you bring forward images of tortoises and blue-footed boobys, but there is so much more to these islands. I will never forget the first landing on the beach, Cerro Brujo, and seeing colonies of sea lions frolicking in the surf and sand. Imagine viewing sally lightfoot crabs, glistening against the rocks in their lipstick red shells, or watching as the blue footed boobys took turns dive bombing the shallow waters to catch their meal. The memories will last forever....

It was a five star plus experience - my expectations for the naturalist guides were realized, but I had no idea that the ship's staff would be so accommodating, friendly and one of the best assets of this adventure.

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Howy R.

Tampere, Finland
Feb 2015

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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Despite being the coldest and windiest continent, Antarctica is also by far the most beautiful, both for its wildlife and its sheer physical splendour. Those who undertake the Ross Sea voyage are rewarded not only with this, but also by being able to experience first-hand the crucible of Antarctic exploration: the ordeal of navigating the pack ice, the welcoming sentinel of Mount Erebus' plume, the historic huts of Borchgrevink, Scott and Shackleton, finally the impenetrable wall of the Ross Ice-Shelf. On top of all this, Antarctica, with its unique system of governance, reminds us what a terrible mess we have made of the rest of the planet, but also inspires us to rectify all the harm we have done to it and ourselves.

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Gordon F.

Kowloon, Hong Kong
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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It was fantastic with top level service! The crossing of the Antarctic Circle was the most memorable part, just awesome!

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Richard G.

Port Charlotte, FL
Feb 2015

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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The trip was great. We particularly enjoyed seeing all of the animals and birds that you can not see anywhere else in the world. We saw many red and blue-footed boobys. We even saw a female red-footed booby in her nest with a small chick. The baby sea lions were adorable. The small Galapagos Penguins were very special. The Giant Tortoises were wonderful to see also.

The Eclipse staff were excellent in every respect. It fully met our expectations. We hoped to be able to capture many great photos and we were not disappointed. We would have like to have seen more Giant Tortoises in the wild but we understand the limitations.

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Betty M.

Bar Harbor, ME
Feb 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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This was a wonderful trip and truly a trip of a lifetime. Being able to get very close to the breeding and nesting birds as well as other wildlife was an exceptional experience. Our three guides were excellent and all spoke English skillfully. The service was exceptional and the attention to every detail was evident.

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Will W.

East Patchogue, NY
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The trip was wonderful. Be prepared to feel you are on another planet. The small ship size lets you become very friendly with many folks.

The planning part and the steps leading up to the trip were excellent. In fact, Jessica was great the whole time, but the step above is when there was an issue with the boats departure. She contacted me [even before the tour operator] on the ground did, so I knew before many others about the delay. She provided me with options and offered further assistance.

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Alice E.

Burlington, VT
Feb 2015

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The trip was amazing. Perfectly organized, educational, fun, exciting, and informative. First Class all the way!

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Kaye D.

Portland, OR
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Great! The most memorable parts were: a two day tour of Iguazu Falls in one day; seeing King penguins on Catamaran trip in the Beagle Channel; sailing through Lemaire Channel both directions, on one beautifully sunny day and on one where our captain had to carefully navigate through the ice; camping on the snow with penguins for neighbors; climbing the hill at Paradise Cove in the snow and sliding back down; Zodiac cruising among icebergs; following humpback whales in the Zodiac and getting farther and farther away from the ship; seeing seals lounging on the ice; landing at Cape Horn; cruising Glacier Alley and being served food appropriate to each country for which the glaciers were named.

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Stephen S.

Ontario, Canada
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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I honestly was not sure what to expect, but you impressed us in most all aspects. The whole experience was very unique. #1 Kayaking ...I can not stress enough that this activity gets you close to what the location is all about. The staff was very knowledgeable, skilled, professional and friendly.

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Lary P.

Las Vegas, NV
Feb 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Great support team you have and I appreciate you answering all my questions.

Whales and more whales–just awesome! Topped my expectations–great to see something deliver more than I could have imagined. The guides and presentations were great and well worth the time to hear about their first hand experiences.

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Daron C.

Queensland, Australia
Feb 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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Incredible! Surpassed expectations – the wildlife of South Georgia was most memorable.

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Harold A.

Mooresville, NC
Jan 2015

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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Very professional staff, excellent meals and other on board services.The natrualists knew their stuff and shared it very professionally.

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Barbara P.

Copiague, NY
Jan 2015

Galapagos In-Brief

Seeing all the animals in their natural setting was amazing. I cannot talk enough about the staff and naturalists. The naturalists were well informed, helpful, considerate of individual's limitations and very personable. The staff was eager to help, efficient and always available without being on top of you. My cabin was spacious and well appointed, although we didn't spend much time there. The food was excellent and they accommodated my dietary needs. The trips were well planned and safety was always at the top of the list of services.

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Barbara G.

Philadelphia, PA
Jan 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The trip was fantastic! Most memorable was the scenery. Also - for us, the kayaking was really an important component. Absolutely excellent service. Things were well organized and efficient and the guides were fun, friendly and amazingly well informed and passionate.

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George K.

Petaluma, CA
Jan 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Thanks to Beth at ExpeditionTrips for all your help to get ready and a big thumbs up for the trip of a lifetime. All pre-trip questions were taken care of. Reminders of things to get ready were helpful.

Great trip! The ship was the perfect size with super accommodations. Kayak excursions were fantastic! Being total rookies, we still felt very safe with the help of our fantastic guides Mark and Michelle. Paddling through sea ice and into beautiful iceberg bays was spectacular.

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Priscilla K.

New York, NY
Jan 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The trip was great! It was more physically demanding than I expected but it was a challenge worth taking up. The clothes you provided were wonderful although my jacket was a full size too big. The boots are fabulous! I loved the boat, the staff, the scientists, the lecturers, and many of the other people. You delivered as promised. 

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Susan K.

Edgewater, MD
Jan 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Trip was fantastic! Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Seeing the wildlife was such a thrill and landscape was so beautiful; what struck me the most was the ever-changing light -- absolutely amazing!! The enthusiasm of the expedition team was so infectious! They were interesting, informed, entertaining, totally involved. Team leader Woody was beyond great! The ship's crew provided great service, doing everything possible to see that all passengers had everything they needed.

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Patricia H.

Denver, CO
Jan 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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The remote location of this trip and lack of human impact leaves you with an experience that could not occur anywhere other than on the White Continent. The staff was beyond expectation and nothing was anything but exceptional and perfect. It is impossible to have any expectations that can compare to the actual experience, it is truly a trip of a lifetime.

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Jeanette K.

Calgary, CA
Jan 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Don't go to Antarctica without visiting South Georgia. I had some problems with losing my vouchers and Jessica and Jennifer were most helpful in sending me the drop box link to reprint them.

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Ruth S.

Sacramento, CA
Jan 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The trip was fantastic in every way. Most memorable was the Galapagos itself, which was even more wonderful than we imagined. The expedition was amazing: wonderfully organized, making it possible to see and experience as much as possible -- actually much more than we would have thought possible. And we hugely enjoyed meeting many lovely people, who shared our interests during the trip.

The naturalists were fantastic -- incredibly knowledgeable, energetic, and passionate about the importance of their work. It is clear that they love their jobs, that they are proud of their country (justifiably!) and committed to preserving the Galapagos. They were wonderful teachers and examples. I am thinking especially of Ximena and Fernando, whom we happened to have most often as guides, but they were all terrific. Also wonderful were the excellent photography expert, Christian, who was often available for help with cameras and photography tips, and Cindy, the underwater specialist, who accompanied us while snorkeling and was always extremely pleasant, helpful, and informative.

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Marilyn G.

Lafayette, CO
Jan 2015

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The islands were exquisite and the naturalists were so knowledgeable, entertaining, and passionate about the Galapagos. Astounding wildlife. I came away with a renewed interest in conservation and preservation of our most precious resources. The service was excellent. The best I have ever received on a trip.

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Rolando A.

Oakland, FL
Jan 2015

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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Very knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating naturalists. They really try hard to locate wildlife and I was amazed as to how they find the animals sometimes. Keep in mind this is NOT Africa. It's the jungle. Animals are hiding and do not (for obvious reasons) want to be found. Most birds and monkeys are up in the canopy. Staff was superb from restaurant to room! Joy is so knowledgeable and patient all the time. The coordination was impecable. Very pleased.

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John & Gretchen M.

Corvallis, OR
Jan 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Abby and Jennifer handled our questions, and the changes in our reservations, very quickly and politely and capably. We are very satisfied with their service!

Our "Spirit of Shackleton" Antarctica trip was a once in a lifetime adventure. ALL parts were "most memorable," including our time on South Georgia Island. The MS Expedition was a very comfortable ship -- not luxurious but well suited for this trip. ALL of the service was very well done. The expedition crew including naturalist guides were excellent -- very knowledgeable and approachable. Each of their talks was quite well done and very informative.

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BJ

Frisco, TX
Jan 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Ushuaia

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Very professional service all around. Abby took care of it all and followed up if necessary.

Excellent trip! Most memorable part was experiencing an attack by a pod of Orca on a humpback whale.

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Douglas R.

Ankeny, IA
Jan 2015

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Your service was phenomenal. I can't think of anything else you could have done. The trip was once in a lifetime. It was beyond all my expectations. The stark beauty is unlike anything else in the world. The ability to go ashore and cruise in zodiacs is unlike anything else I have ever done. They put us in the middle of the action at every stop by going places passengers on bigger ships can only dream of. The knowledge of the staff was amazing from photography to how the explorers lived in the Antarctic.

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Larry K.

Bala Cynwyd, PA
Jan 2015

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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Joy was great and very helpful in planning my month long adventure. Words can not describe the beauty of Antarctica and Atacama - literally polar opposites. Incredible experiences!

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Louise O.

Wexford, Ireland
Jan 2015

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Research Ship Plancius

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Keep up the great work in making trips of a lifetime really enjoyable and memorable for travelers. I had an amazing trip to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. South Georgia was wonderful with so much wildlife and the possibility to see them up close. To see about 200,000 king penguins in one landing was spectacular. I loved seeing all the fur seals, so cute, and the elephant seals, were very entertaining. The landscape was stunning and one 3 hour hike was a highlight as the weather was perfectly sunny and warm. The Antarctic Peninsula was wonderful: the unusual landscape, colors in various lights, icebergs of various shapes, and whale watching up close in the zodiac.

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Courtney B.


Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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The Antarctic is sensory overload. The mountains are breathtaking and would be remarkable in and of themselves; the same for the wildlife; the same for the icebergs and seas. It was an actual once in a lifetime trip. The expedition team was exceptional. The crew was great. Everyone worked incredibly hard to make our trip memorable. There wasn't a time when they didn't go above and beyond.

The trip exceeded all of my expectations. I didn't know what to expect and could not have anticipated how incredible the trip would be. This trip was last-minute and Beth, Lorraine, and the whole team could not have worked harder to make it all happen for us.

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John P.

Katonah, NY
Dec 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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A wonderful trip and we were absolutely blessed with almost perfect weather and calm seas. The service aboard the ship was the most luxurious and attentive we have ever experienced. Better than expected, largely do to two factors. First, South Georgia was so much more incredible than we had anticipated - just breathtaking. Secondly, the hotel management and staff were among the most professional, hard working and friendly people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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Erica W.

Chicago, IL
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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My trip was life changing!!! It's very hard to find the right words. This space, relatively untouched by man's destructive hands, is just AWESOME. Looking over the landscape at each iceberg, glacier, penguin, seal, whale, etc., took my breath away. Being blessed with this view, for 10 days, was humbling. And walking on Antarctica, there are no words to describe that. PLEASE make this trip a must. It's not cheap but WORTH EVERY CENT!!

The staff and crew earned a superior rating. Each of them addressed me by name, and the other 185 passengers. Our safety was their number one priority. They drove those zodiacs with such skill. I was very nervous, never being in a zodiac before. But they just got us through those icy waters with ease. The lectures and the information provided on and off the ship was invaluable. As a teacher, they have given me enough information for the last 20 weeks of school. I thank them on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Lynn M.

Henderson, NV
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Beyond my expectations. The feeling of being in a vast and untouched area of the world was overwhelming. The wildlife we encountered was amazing to watch in their natural habitats. A truly wonderful trip. Loved the small ship and that the expedition staff mingled with us at meals and in the lounges and lectures. All were very professional at their jobs and very knowledgeable in their fields of expertise.

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Kathy D.

Deer Park, WA
Dec 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution

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Wonderful guide and small group atmosphere in a relaxed and flexible setting. We saw SO much - birds and mammals that were so close and came right up to us! Excellent guide - kudos to Lenny - he maximized our time and was knowledgeable, friendly, and fun! Exceeded our expectations - you cannot grasp how many creatures and the variety of species are all in one small place on earth!!!

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Tom E.

Wilmington, NC
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The trip went very well. Antartica is a pristine environment -- nothing like you will experience any where else in the world. Very good service and helpful staff. All details were handled well. We were well prepared for the trip.

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Kristen G.

Lakewood, CO
Dec 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Fantastic! Enjoying the wildlife- beyond words! The staff were great. The bed was remade after every siesta:) Everyone was helpful and friendly. Even though it was one of the shorter trips, we felt like we were able to have a rich and meaningful experience.

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Bill M.

Austin, TX
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Soleal Antarctica

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Our trip to Antarctica was amazing. The beauty of the "White Continent" is breathtaking. The Zodiac landings and subsequent exploration added immensely to our enjoyment and adventure and made the overall experience one we will never forget. We were very impressed with the staff's dedication to helping the passengers thoroughly enjoy every one of the trip's activities. The trip definitely exceeded our expectations. The team made everything so easy and enjoyable and of course the incomparable beauty of Antarctica did the rest. Jessica and Jennifer made our planning for this trip extremely easy. They were always available to answer our every question. Friendly, courteous and timely responses to our questions made us feel comfortable with the whole process.

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Dennis D.

Laguna Beach, CA
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The crew was excellent. We kayaked and camped and I would not want to miss either. The atmosphere is structured but relaxed. They accomodated well our request to exchange vows, which we did off Nebo Bay.

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Cynthia M.

Jacksonville, FL
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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This was our last continent to explore and unique from any place that we had ever visited. We enjoyed the scenery and wildlife which was enhanced by educational lectures on board ship. The service was excellent. We were prepared for the experience on ice. The guides know their areas of expertise and love what they do.

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Irena C.

Chicago, IL
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The staff and guides were amazing, the views and the weather were perfect. An overall amazing experience. The staff were able to accommodate my dietary requirements for every meal, and the guides were so friendly and knowledgeable. I truly felt like we formed a little "family" on this excursion. This trip by far exceeded my expectations. It was truly amazing.

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Irena C.

Chicago, IL
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour (through Sep 2018)

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The entire trip was amazing. The stand-up paddle boarding was the best... the staff and guides were amazing, the views and the weather were perfect. An overall amazing experience.

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Marita H.

Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Athala II

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The trip was excellent! Having only 14 people added to the joy. For us, meeting new people in a small setting has always been the focus. We had lots of questions and they were all answered promptly. My job before I retired was in customer service so it met my expectations.

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Brice W.

Pennsburg, PA
Dec 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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Every day had memorable experiences. Humpbacks up close. One hundred thousand penguins in sight, literally a million over the course of the trip. Seven species of penguin. Food was terrific and plentiful. Cooks and dining room staff wonderful. Boat crew very helpful. Naturalist and trip leaders, the best and very, very knowledgeable.

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Ivan I.

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Excellent. I expected a bit more "calm" time, when you can just observe the ice continent. Apart from this, the trip was wonderful. All instructions were clear, I felt sufficiently supported by ET.

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Thomas F.

Milwaukee, WI
Dec 2014

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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It was like entering a new world filled with wildlife. You really have to see it to appreciate it. The service on and off the ship, and naturalists were outstanding. I don't know how they could be better. Everyone was helpful, and I did find planning the trip to be easy because of all the assistance I was given.

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Judith G.

San Francisco, CA
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Experience of a lifetime...Expedition trips attended to every detail. Our trip far exceeded our expectations and I didn't think that was possible. Most memorable were the sheer beauty, silence, and adventure. The level of service by everyone from the fully attentive cabin attendants to the highly engaged and informative naturalists was truly amazing. Trip leadership was excellent and there was sheer joy and enthusiasm for the experience which all the staff shared.

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Mason G.

Van Nuys, CA
Dec 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Lorraine and Marybeth were excellent at keeping in communication. They were far more helpful and accessible than those I had to deal with from another tour company earlier in the year.

There is a pristine beauty in Antarctica that is quite rare to find anywhere on the planet, a vast area where mankind's imprint is almost non existent. Very professional service and knowledgeable guides.

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Jonathan W.

Mal Roux, France
Dec 2014

Antarctica Peninsula and Weddell Sea

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Thanks to Beth, Abby, Jennifer, and the rest of the ExpeditionTrips team. As one can imagine, this is a trip of a lifetime. I have visited many places all over the planet (yet there is still so much to explore), and I can say without hesitation that Antarctica will leave an imprint on your soul from the towering glaciated mountains to humpback whales gliding through channels of ice and surfacing next to your zodiac. The experience was made even better by sharing it with such a great group of people (including both staff and fellow passengers).

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Sari S.

Toronto, Canada
Nov 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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ExpeditionTrips had quick responses to questions, very helpful planning flights & additional destinations. The icebergs were like natural sculptures. It exceeded our expectations. Guides were excellent, very professional & well organized.

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Nina W.

Ashland, OR
Nov 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Sea Spirit

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Terrific! Great expedition staff, comfortable ship. The Antarctic is so beautiful and other-worldly I'd go back again in a heartbeat, despite Drake's Passage! Excellent - an 11 on a scale of 1-10. Overall Expedition Trips was great to work with. We look forward to our next adventure.

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Amika K.

Jamiaca Plain, MA
Nov 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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Going to the Galapagos Islands was the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. The highlight was seeing animals up close! I also really enjoyed the Ecuadorean show and luncheon... ceviche was delicious! :)

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Paul W.

Toronto, Canada
Nov 2014

Ross Sea–In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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Expedition trips is great. They helped in our planning and worked with us in getting organized. We were properly advised about the Enderby. The expedition guides were fantastic. The places we went to and what we saw were awe inspiring!  Morton, in particular, deserves special attention. He made sure you saw as much as possible while in the Zodiacs. Brent was more aligned with the hardcore birders but that was ok. He is a brilliant man with a massive knowledge of seabirds. Adam obviously knows the region very well and knows where to go to see the most wildlife.

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Judy W.

Brooklyn, NY
Nov 2014

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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Both Joy and Amanda are a delight to work with, I have booked quite a few trips with ExpeditionTrips and I have always found them to be both available and patient in answering what must seem to them my never ending questions. From start to finish they thought of everything. The hotels were deluxe and the small ship was beautiful. Every cabin had a small outside deck with sliding glass doors and chairs to watch the Amazon go by. The cabins are compact, I was in the solo cabin and never felt cramped.

The expedition leader, Dennis Orsorio, and the 2 naturalists were extremely knowledgeable and willing to share their information. They had an infinite amount of patience when they sighted any wildlife in helping us to locate what they were seeing. We did visit a few of the native villages, one with school children who we met and interacted with.

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Suzette K.

Brooklyn, NY
Nov 2014

Indonesian Odyssey

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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They guides were outstanding!! They really love their jobs so they put a lot of passion and enthusiasm into their work. The snorkeling was my favorite.

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Gregory R.

Garland, TX
Nov 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Ushuaia

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The ability to see a raw continent as a natural masterpiece was more superior than one would imagine. Great staff that performed every task with a smile.

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Steve & Sharon C.

Reson, VA
Oct 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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Excellent! 5 stars at least! Most memorable event was at the conclusion of the expedition that it was not just about the birds, iguanas, sea lions, etc., but the totality of the experience- how volcanoes formed the islands, how the animals survive and adapted (Darwin) and of course the interaction with the other guests-- all well educated and fun to be with. Staff anticipated our needs and when we asked for something -- bango it was done! Combine the experience with a beautiful boat and great accomodations, excellent staff and naturalists who not only knew there stuff but had a light side to them as well and you have the formula for success.

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Ginger C.

La Jolla, CA
Oct 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

You provided great insights into what might create the best trip for us personally. I always got answers to even my silliest questions......and very promptly. We received carefully outlined general information that was extremely useful, and all the final documents led us carefully step by step through the travel process. Extraordinary wildlife in a totally unique setting. The naturalist's passion for conservation was inspiring and infectious. Ship, crew, transfers, etc., etc. ran like a well oiled machine. Friendly, caring and very attentive service throughout, and the naturalist guides were amazing. I believe all the naturalists actually lived on the islands most of their lives, so they were not only knowledgeable, but totally invested in protecting their special corner of the world while at the same time, very eager to share it with interested visitors. Quito tour guide was a walking encyclopedia & worth every penny.

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Dotty M.

Punta Gorda, FL
Oct 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The trip was most interesting. Seeing the various birds and animals with their lack of fear of humans was amazing. Being able to "get up close and personal" was a rare treat. We saw different wildlife and had different
adventures on each island.

The level of service on the ship was outstanding. Everyone was very organized, from the men handling the zodiacs to the naturalists and photographers on board, there was a high level of enthusiasm for what we were doing.

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Carolyn & Richard B.

Chicago, IL
Sep 2014

Alaska Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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The Alaska trip was truly wonderful. We both were VERY happy. We saw tons of birds, including a family of ptarmigan that we watched for a long time as they walked through the brush making ptarmigan noises. Also lots of other critters, from big (grizzlies, moose) to small (starfish, sea anemones). We even saw a wolverine! We were bushwhacking in the “forest primeval,” and getting up close and personal with glaciers.

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Esta R.


Sep 2014

Epic High Arctic

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Explorer

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Expedition Trips has booked many of my most memorable journeys, including the Arctic and Antarctic. I know I will benefit from their expertise and good care whenever I book with ET. Although our itinerary changed completely due to ice conditions, the staff made the best of it. We ended up with wonderful wildlife sightings and visited communities that hadn't expected us until hours before. They were wonderfully hospitable and happy to have us visit.

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Janice R.

San Mateo, CA
Sep 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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The trip had so many memorable events. We were very happy with everything you set up. I expected a great trip, but it was even better than I anticipated. The hotels that were suggested were excellent. I think Beth was exceptionally patient with me and answered all the questions. She put up with me asking the same questions over and over.

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Steve B.

Seattle, WA
Sep 2014

Islands of SE Asia

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Discoverer

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I thank you for your outstanding assistance with planning my expeditions for almost 20 years. Your attention to detail and expertise of planning expeditions for me made this trip perfect.

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Ron M.

Holland, OH
Sep 2014

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The rooms were luxurious, food delicious, service great, and most importantly, lots of wildlife. Excellent service, everyone was very helpful and friendly. Pretty much met my expectations although maybe even a little more luxurious than I had anticipated.

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Janet H.

Coco Beach, FL
Sep 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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ExpeditionTrips was great with communication via phone and email – very prompt in responding to questions. The transfer at the Guayaquil airport was fantastic. Everything was done for us.

Galapagos is beautiful! The naturalists were professional and fun; the food was excellent; and the ship was comfortable. Great time for my husband and me!

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Kim G.

Malaysia
Aug 2014

Arctic Quest

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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The staff was really good, simply speaking we were on holidays and the the staff and crew did perfectly. Not an inch of error. The cordial and friendly atmosphere on board the Sea Adventurer was superb. Everyone, from the hotel kitchen, reception, bar and waiter to the expedition crew, was caring and superb. Safety was paramount.

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Vera V.

New York, NY
Aug 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution

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For a family of 3 generations traveling together, an expedition to the Galapagos Islands seemed to be an ideal destination to celebrate a major anniversary while offering  excitement and enjoyment to a diverse party. Through the internet I was miraculously steered to your agency "Expedition Trips", specialized in travel adventures. I called up and speaking to you, I received helpful advice and encouragement which ended up in a successful and well orchestrated trip for all of us.

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Sandy G.

Riverview, FL
Aug 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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Beyond my wildest expectations! The naturalist guides were personable and knowledgeable. They immersed you into the area.

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Sally H.

Fairport, NY
Aug 2014

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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The Expedition Leaders are knowledgeable, patient and kind. They knew all the good spots to look for wildlife.

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Valerie H.

Ontario, Canada
Aug 2014

The Northwest Passage

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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Expedition Trips was so helpful when I was booking my trip, always available to answer questions. The Northwest Passage expedition was fantastic! Seeing 22 polar bears on the ice floes was something I will never forget! Every staff member was so friendly, always took time to answer questions, and were so enthusiastic about the wildlife and the scenery we saw. The trip more than met my expectations. All the information seminars were so interesting. The staff was always willing to tell stories about the areas we visited. I couldn't have hoped for a better trip.

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Toni L.

San Rafael, CA
Aug 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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Beth and her team were wonderful. I called her, in a panic, trying to rebook our group after our original trip was cancelled by another cruise line. This was a family reunion/birthday trip that had been planned for a year and we were so disappointed by the other company's cancellation. Beth was enormously helpful and reassuring that we would indeed still be able to make the trip.

Everything was as she described it and we were delighted with our journey to the Galapagos on the Endeavor. The trip was incredible—loved the prehistoric looking landscapes, the abundance of wildlife on land and underwater, the naturalists on board with their wealth of knowledge, the friendly and accommodating nature of the staff and crew, the zodiac cruises, and being with my family and sharing adventures.

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Chuck M.

Philadelphia, PA
Aug 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution (charter)

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ExpeditionTrips was always timely with factual information. No detail was too small to attend to. Good advice on choosing the right ship. Good communications with the shipping & hotel company - e.g. helped with the hotel setting up a family 50th anniversary dinner at the Hotel Ore Verde - a great event for all of us. This trip was to celebrate my wife Susan's and my 50th wedding anniversary and it exceeded all our expectations!!! Our entire family - all 11 of us from 8 to 72 - loved it. We all figure this trip was the bench mark for future ones - no one knows how we will ever top it.

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Shahen H.

Mexico City
Jul 2014

Greenland & Iceland

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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We enjoyed it very much. We found a new and different world. Most memorable: meeting local people and seeing how they live and the glacier at Illulisat. The staff was most kind and helpful. The guides were well experienced. Your assistance was excellent. Every time we had a query we got an answer right away.

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Raquel H.

Forest Hills, NY
Jul 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Experiencing the wildlife up-close and unbothered by human presence is truly amazing. The service on the Galapagos Legend was perfect and our Naturalist Guide, Cesar was highly knowledgable. Joshua Logan was very professional while also adding a personal comfort aspect to the planning experience. 

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Gloria M.

Toronto, Canada
Jul 2014

Iceland

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral

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Our trip was wonderful. The country very interesting, and the people are great. The service was terrific. You are doing a great job and were always available to answer my questions. Everything was perfect from your end of the trip.

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Lydia J.

Dublin, CA
Jul 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Far, far, far more fabulous, more exciting, than I ever expected. The Naturalist guides we had were Awesome! Magdalena and Adrian were a good team! They spoke English very well; we had a briefing (regarding what to expect for the next day agenda) each night prior to having dinner. A wonderful experience, a trip of a life time! Awesome!

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Antje F.

San Diego, CA
Jul 2014

Alaska Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Safari Endeavour

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Fantastic again! The incredible beauty of SE Alaska, plus a wonderful,responsive, genuinely friendly crew made me sign up my whole family for next year.

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Monica M.

Biddeford, ME
Jul 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Everything was planned for me I didn't have to stress out at all.

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Terry P.

Olney, MD
Jul 2014

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The trip was beyond expectations. Scenery, animals, naturalists, educational lectures- all were tops. Rarely saw other ships. The captain stopped the ship to pick up debris floating in the ocean- that was consistent with the expressed concerns for maintaining the pristine environment that we were so lucky to share in the Galapagos. The entire trip was well organized and incredibly coordinated. Trips to shore were planned for all levels of ability and interest.

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Wendy C.

Seattle, WA
Jul 2014

Galapagos Classic + Peru

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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At so many points in planning our trip I appreciated the reminders I received from you about what the next steps were, and what decisions I needed to make and by what dates. The recommendation on our cabin choice on The Islander was exactly right for us. Thanks for making it painless to plan, and seamless and trouble free in every regard while we were traveling!

My husband and I consider our trip to the Galapagos Islands and the Sacred Valley/Mach Picchu truly "the trip of a lifetime". Every single aspect of our trip down to the tiniest detail was beyond outstanding: the destinations, the accommodations, the quality of the naturalists and guide, transfers -- each of these aspects far exceeded our expectations. Standout moments were swimming with the playful sea lions, exquisite snorkeling, and the abundance of Galapagos creatures so well fitted to their environments and unafraid of humans. Truly a standout experience in Peru was our ceremony with a Quechua shaman and Andean musician on a windswept terrace high above the Sacred Valley, and climbing Wynapicchu in the early hours of a misty morning. Sublime.

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Riccardo C.

Paris, France
Jul 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Assistance was very good, and we got full support from ExpeditionTrips when the cruise departure date was changed.

The trip was absolutely fantastic! Great and very experienced team, amazing landscapes, and lots of animals, especially polar bears!

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Jen Y & Lian W.

Los Angeles, CA
Jul 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Your assistance greatly helped us to know the advantage and shortcoming of boarding a small ship vs large cruise line to go on a polar expedition trip. All staff, especially the team leader, dedicated their entire effort to ensure every program to be successful. The moment that our Polar research ship crossed the 80 degree north latitude line was the most memorable part! 

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Bhaskar P.

Gujarat, India
Jul 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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The whole trip exceeded my expectations. The staff was very warm, the food excellent, overall the experience was excellent and I shall cherish this forever. The trip was excellenct, and the best moment was a polar bear making a meal of a seal. The captain of the ship and our expedition leader were very adventurous. Their tracking of the different Arctic birds and animals was excellent. Very good team work.

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Peter and Susan J.

Grand Rapids, MI
Jun 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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The trip was OUTSTANDING. We had a fantastic time and truly the trip of a lifetime. Our guide Cesare was superb. I snorkeled with cormorants, Galapagos penguins, rays, turtles, and numerous beautiful reef fish. The highlight was seeing an orca hunt in the Bolivar channel while sitting in our panga. We want to do it all over again!

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Mark B.

Stoneham, MA
Jun 2014

Alaska Inside Passage

Motor Yacht Safari Explorer

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Terrific trip! Everything exceeded our expectations, including comfort of the cabin, quality of the food, service from staff, congeniality of fellow passengers, and even the weather. Only wish it had been for two weeks.

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Joseph K.

Tamarac, FL
Jun 2014

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands are one of the few sites in the world where the animals are unafraid and allow us to be close to them. The mixture of terrain from sand beaches to lava to rock to volcano is astounding. The naturalists are excellent, very friendly and helpful.

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John B.

Sierra Vista, AR
Jun 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

The daily excursions ashore were the most memorable part of the expedition. Our cabin was surprisingly spacious and very comfortable. ExpeditionTrips' expedition specialist was outstanding. Very helpful.

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Linda B.

Baltimore, MD
Jun 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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Our Galapagos trip  was truly amazing!  The comfort, food, and staff of La Pinta exceeded all expectations, and most importantly, the naturalists were absolutely incredible. Thank you so much for your help arranging the trip!

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Joel R.

Holladay, UT
Jun 2014

Land of the Ice Bears – An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The trip was great! The staff was very good and the scenery was unbelievable. I got great pictures of the polar bears and the trip was very memorable.

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James H.

Atlanta, GA
Jun 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

The service was courteous, friendly, helpful and laid back. It met me expectations which were high. My grandchildren were very wary and concerned about safety in Guayaquil. Your people met us at the airport and made sure we were buffered from unknown taxi drivers.

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Drew & Kaylar

Georgia, USA
Jun 2014

River Boat Delfin II (charter)

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Our time on board Delfin II was fantastic. We really appreciate the hard work and dedication of all the crew who were always polite, attentive and friendly – thank you all! The little touches, such as Tomas’s artwork with the towels each afternoon, and my boots coming back cleaner than when I bought them will also be the source of great memories. We also appreciated the musicians – especially as it was at the end of a long working day for them.

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Julie P.

Ellicot City, MD
Jun 2014

Land of the Ice Bears

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The Arctic is very interesting – very fragile, animals and plants struggle to survive. I really loved seeing polar bears in the wild, but most enjoyed our close encounter with a very active walrus on the beach. The number and kinds of birds was awesome; seeing reindeer and arctic foxes was also a thrill! The level of service was excellent all around, as it is on National Geographic tours.

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Les & Barbie G.

Alberta, Canada
Jun 2014

Iceland & Svalbard

Expedition Ship Island Sky (charter)

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This is the 2nd best trip we have taken…the first being Antarctrica, South Georgia and the Falklands. The staff at ExpeditionTrips is wonderful,and have done a great job in organizing this trip for us.

The memories of this trip will last forever, the first sighting of our first Polar Bear was just breathtaking, we were struck by the magnificent bear.  The Arctic foxes put on quite a show for us, and the walruses…well, they are similar to the Elephant Seals in South Georgia. This trip had everything, not forgetting the wonderful Atlantic Puffins….did I mention whales! Well, we saw so many and they put on quite a show for us too! 

Keep up the good work, and we look forward to doing more business with you.

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Denise B.

Fort Collins, CO
Jun 2014

Galapagos Classic + Peru

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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This trip exceeded my expectations! Our trip to the Galapagos and Peru was beyond amazing! Most memorable in the Galapagos was the animals of course! To be able to be so close to so many different kinds of animals was a chance of a lifetime! We swam with Galapagos penguins and boated next to a pod of Orcas! Can't top that experience! In Peru to be able to walk through Machu Picchu was also an experience of a lifetime as well!

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Richard O.

St. Augustine, FL
May 2014

Galapagos Dive Expedition

Dive Boat Galapagos Sky

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The trip was fabulous in every way - supurb diving, great crew, wonderful meals. The boat was perfect for a live aboard dive adventure. The trip exceeded my expectations.

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Phoebe B.

Redding, CT
May 2014

Alaska Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Wilderness Discoverer

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I'm not sure it could have been better - probably the nicest, well-rounded vacation I've ever had - everything about it exceeded expectations. Being able to go up to the bridge was so informative and interesting. The crew and staff were EXCEPTIONAL!

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Ana P.D.

West Palm Beach, FL
May 2014

Alaska Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Wilderness Explorer

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The crew are now more friends/family/team mates with who we shared so many beautiful moments. They were the BEST!! The Wilderness Explorer not only took us safely to so many amazing places but, for a week, it became a real 'home' away from home. The cabin has everything one could wish for, it was comfortable, and clean. Eating became a celebration of food. One can truly see how much work/passion the galley staff puts onto it. We cannot think of any better experience than this.

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Richard, T.

Owasso, OK
May 2014

Alaska Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Wilderness Adventurer

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I really appreciated the casual atmosphere on-board. The interaction with the crew made it feel more like I was on an excursion with a team as opposed to a tourist being 'processed' by an industry. Many thanks - this has really meant a lot to me.

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Libby S.

Paw Paw, MI
May 2014

Alaska Inside Passage

Expedition Ship Wilderness Discoverer

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I’ve sailed twice and it is the best way to see Alaska; a small group up close and personal with a lot of whales, seals, sea lions, sea otters, bears, glaciers, etc!

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Otto G.

Willowbrook, IL
May 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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The trip was great. The Galapagos was pretty much as expected and the variety of geography and wildlife were wonderful. Seeing the animals uninhibited by humans allowed close up observations and photos, that was the best part. The guide and naturalist were great and very attentive and knowledgeable. Josh was a real asset to our planning. He went above and beyond to help coordinate our trip. Our experience with the Peru portion to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Piccu was great.

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Dennis F.

Eugene, OR
May 2014

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Land Based Adventures Private Journey

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Our trip was wonderful . . . every day was memorable. The service was fantastic and the trip was so much more than what I had expected!

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Judy M.

East Lansing, MI
May 2014

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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The staff on the National Geographic ship was exceptional. I prefer these cruises to the larger cruise ships. The level of service and naturalist guides was five stars, and the trip was over and above my expectations, and ExpeditionTrips assistance was excellent.

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Carroll E.

Bedford, MA
May 2014

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The trip went beyond our expectations! The whole package from the ease of planning the trip with Amanda and Jessica to the greeting at the airport in Guayaquil to the transfer to the National Geographic Islander was exceptional! The expertise of the staff, the activities offered, the friendly atmosphere on board, all contributed to our wonderful memories!

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Pam H.

Portland, OR
May 2014

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Land Based Adventures Private Journey

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Peru was a very diverse and interesting place—we saw a lot! The people are warm and welcoming, the food is wonderful, and the hotels were very nice indeed. Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca were the highlights for us, and the other archaeological sites we experienced added to our understanding of the Quechan / Incan history and culture. Machu Picchu was exceptional, like being in an M.C. Escher print! The mountains, jungle, archaeology, stonework and architecture were amazing. And Lake Titicaca is a special and beautiful place with its amazing colors, its vastness, its islands and ancient cultures.

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Rosanna L.

San Francisco, CA
May 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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Our trip was fantastic. Memorable parts were the hikes on the various islands - felt like we were in a true animal paradise. The Eclipse was wonderful, great accommodation, staff and overall experience. The naturalists were extremely knowledgeable and kept our attention throughout. This trip exceeded our expecations! You helped from the beginning through the end—5 stars plus!

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Cynthia S.

Columbus, OH
May 2014

Turkey and Greece

Sailing Vessel Sea Cloud

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Sea Cloud is an unforgettable ship! She is beautiful and has been brought back to her original splendor. Of course, the blue of the Agean Sea....how do I describe it?? It's like no other body of water we've ever visited.

Joy Martinello and Amanda Gerardo at ExpeditionTrips did everything they could to make sure we didn't have any problems. Their attention to detail is superb. We have used these ladies for quite a few of our expeditions and have never been disappointed.

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Patricia P.

San Francisco, CA
Apr 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution

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If I knew anyone that was even thinking of going, I would make sure they use the Evolution. The space on this yacht was fantastic. I was constantly looking at other ships we saw on the water and we would talk about the overall space advantage the Evolution had. Our room was A3 and it was excellent. I did check out a C and D room and was surprised at how well they looked in size also. Decor was great. Service was excellent. The crew was fantastic! 

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Helen


Apr 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

The week in the Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz was fantastic. The staff was outstanding. We were surprised that the rooms were cleaned 3 times a day. Pilar helped make our daughter's birthday special with an ice cream party and the pastry chef made a delicious cake. The guides were very knowledgeable and Ramiro the expedition leader terrific, very organized and great with the kids! We enjoyed the tours of Quito and Lima.

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Sheri S.


Apr 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Coral I / Coral II

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The boat was kept very clean and the food was excellent.  I found the crew to be very helpful and polite.  The naturalists were so knowledgeable and kind and fun too!

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Rebecca B.

Streetsboro, OH
Apr 2014

Baja Cruise

Motor Yacht Safari Voyager

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We were sent information in a timely manner and any questions we had were answered promptly by email. The guides shared their knowledge in a friendly way and you could sense their passion for the area. The other staff was so helpful and friendly too. I think the snorkeling in various areas was the most awesome. Experiencing the environment and wildlife through hiking, kayaking, burro riding, and skiffing were all great. Also enjoyed the historical tour/walking in Loreto.

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Carolyn F.

Media, PA
Apr 2014

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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We had a fabulous time! The accommodations were very comfortable, we enjoyed delicious food at every meal, and our family loved swimming with the sea lions and penguins! We also liked kayaking with sea turtles as they bopped their heads up and down in the water. The frigate birds were a real wonder to see. The most impressive aspect of the trip: we were able to be so close to the wildlife and receive detailed information about their lives from phenomenally informed and passionate naturalists!

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Ron L.

Columbus, OH
Apr 2014

Galapagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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Excellent! Having traveled with this company in the past, we knew what to expect, and those expectations were met. Most memorable part was the variety of wildlife seen close up and the friendliness and competency of the Equadorian staff. In addition, experiencing what we did with only 45 other passengers, plus the sharing of life experiences with them made the voyage more enjoyable.

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Chantal H.

North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Every day was a new adventure, new landscapes, different animals to see, but with just the right amount of downtime to connect as a family. The staff aboard the Flamingo were gracious and accomodating, and the guides where great with us and the kids. Knowledgable, passionate (both were from San Cristobal) and lots of fun! ET was super responsive, helpful, reassuring and offered great suggestions. The way you set out the timelines and what to expect and how to prepare for the trip were very helpful and easy to follow.

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Marcia B.

San Diego CA
Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Everything was so well handled , I wouldn't change a thing... I felt safe and looked after... Really liked the packet you sent with instructions itenary, tickets... Well done... You get an A+!!! I was so impressed with all the green ecology techniques being used in mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos. The size of the boat  was perfect in my mind... 20 passengers. The trip was well organized. Happy friendly captain and crew. Good food! The animals fascinating and scenery beautiful. Magical.

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Susan N.


Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Coral I / Coral II

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Everything was excellent. Our guide was full of knowledge making for memorable visits to shore, islands, and wildlife.

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Susan A.

Oakland, CA
Mar 2014

Baja – Among the Great Whales

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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Every day had truly memorable moments. Touching the gray whales was the highlight. The naturalists were knowledgable and eager to share their expertise in a broad range of subjects. On the whole, we found (as in the past) your expertise was invaluable. Loved the packet we received in the mail.

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Norm G.


Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Isabela II

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I will never forget the Galapagos tour on the Isabella II. The guides were perfect. They love the islands and their knowledge was limitless. What a great ship and incredible staff.

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Martin & Marion W.


Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Isabela II

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The Isabella II is a fantastic ship and the environment created the Captain and his crew was truly wonderful.

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R & J

Seattle, WA
Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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We returned from our trip and we had a wonderful experience. We loved the La Pinta, its excellent service and amazing schedule. We loved visiting all the islands and seeing its natural inhabitants. Thank you for organizing our trip and accommodating our needs.

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Aleit W.


Mar 2014

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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My Antarctica trip was an unbelievable experience! I haven't stopped raving about it to my friends and promised anyone who wants to go to keep them company. It was so much more than I had imagined—the stunning varied scenery, and, most of all, the encounters with such a diversity of wildlife. The sight of the first penguin made everyone smile and that smile kept recurring throughout the trip. One cannot adequately describe one's feeling, one has to go and experience Antarctica.

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Donald & Eda C.


Mar 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship La Pinta

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The week in the Galapagos on the La Pinta was simply terrific. This trip exceeded our expectations. We thank you for enabling us to have had just the best trip to Peru and Ecuador.

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Connie N.

Bend, OR
Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Excellent trip! Loved all of it, especially the proximity to the animals. Everything with ET went very smoothly and was expedited expertly.

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Mathias A.

Denmark
Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Excellent service! I am very happy I chose the Galapagos Legend. It is the best way to see the Galapagos. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience. I will recommend the Galapagos Legend to all my friends in Denmark!

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Lili M.


Mar 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Grace

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Rafael was the best! We can't imagine there being any better guide. What we believe made him special was the enthusiasm he brought to our journey. He really loved showing us his islands and we learned so much from him. In fact, he even got my husband (he's not a great swimmer) to go snorkeling. He stayed right by his side in the water so he'd feel comfortable. He told him that he didn't want him to miss the magic below the water as was above the water and this was what convinced my husband to try it.

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Sharon B.

Seattle, WA
Mar 2014

South Georgia and the Falklands

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The trip was fabulous! The most memorable part was our first landing in South Georgia—there were thousands of king penguins. Have been to Antarctica before, this was not the first time we landed on a beach with penguins, but we had never seen numbers like these. It was so amazing!

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Catherine and Sergei M.

Paris, France
Mar 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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We were inspired to take this trip after a first experience in the Arctic. The trip planning with ExpeditionTrips was superb, and the expedition was even better than we expected. The kindness of everybody, every member of the crew exceeded our expectations. The visits to Cuverville Island, the Gerlache Strait and Lemaire Strait were the most memorable parts of our expedition. We would definitely recommend ExpeditionTrips to friends.

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Susan K.


Feb 2014

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Grace

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The Galapagos trip on the Grace was nothing short of fabulous. The crew was wonderful and the cruise director was thoughtful and meticulous. Everyone seemed to do more than one job. Our guide was articulate, extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to make certain everyone was happy and satisfied.

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Ann W.

UK
Feb 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

Just wanted to thank you for all your help in organising our visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The trip was fantastic and all your arrangements worked perfectly. The Galapagos Islands are very special. All the staff and guides on the Santa Cruz looked after us very well and we will remember our visit for a very long time.

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Daniella L.


Feb 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Isabela II

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I want to tell you that our trip to the Galapagos was beyond fabulous. We had very high expectations, and our expectations were exceeded. It was simply perfect. From being picked up in the hotel, finding our luggage in the cabin, the size of the boat, the design of the rooms, the superb naturalists, the food, the crew, the logistical execution, choices, flexibility, everything. And then of course, the islands themselves and the rich waters provided a unique experience that is hard to describe. We had the most unusual, unbelievable sighting of 3 whales that came quite close to the pangas and even flipped in the air 3 times. I am recommending this trip to my friends.

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Doris and Jack

Los Alamos, NM
Feb 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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Animal life was incredible, we saw different species of whales, penguins, seals, and birds, all in abundance. We also participated in a fossil hunt for extinction transition material for a geologists research project, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We were stunned by the raw beauty of the area. Staff were excellent and the naturalists guides were essential in our having a really positive experience. The lectures were excellent and we would have enjoyed more of them.

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Linda H.


Feb 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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The tour of the islands was well planned, and included a good mixture of walking and snorkeling. The staff on the ship were wonderful, the crew were wonderful, from the panga drivers to the guides, everyone was professional, organized, and supportive. It is a trip we will never forget.

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Anthony M.


Feb 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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Just wanted to say thank you for our time aboard the Legend. We had an amazing time. Your staff were extremely professional and everything was absolutely perfect. Did I mention the wildlife was absolutely amazing too! It was a dream come true.

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Glenn S.

Des Plaines, IL
Feb 2014

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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I had a good experience working with ExpeditionTrips. The staff on board the ship bend over backwards to make people happy, informed and excited. I enjoyed the wildlife and the vistas the most, and will always remember the kayaking.

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Stephen C.

San Bernadino, CA
Feb 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Ushuaia

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Our trip was amazing!! The level of service was a 10 rating, five stars, and 2 thumbs up—very customer service oriented, knowledgeable, funny and friendly. The trip exceeded all expectations and then some. Pleasantly surprised with the entire trip.

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Sukeshi S.

Mumbai, India
Feb 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The trip was excellent! Seeing the whales and seals and penguins at such close range was wonderful.The Expedition staff was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, friendly and very helpful–the service was very good. I would definitely plan future trips with you.

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Tom R.

Southport, NC
Feb 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral Antarctica

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I expected to see some penguins and seals. We saw 5 kinds of penguins, 5 kinds of seals, 3 kinds of whales and untold birds of kinds I never saw before. All of the above up close. I was not expecting the level of activity. We were in the zodiacs twice a day. The captain and crew brought us wonderful new adventures at every destination. I felt like they tried to exceed our expectations.

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Inez C.

Battle Creek, MI
Feb 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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We had a great trip, beautiful weather the whole way; in fact, it was around 70 degrees F on S. Georgia Island, very unusual, but very acceptable! Plenty of various species of penguins and seals, some whales and porpoises. Good food, good wine choices, great service. Even a library on board!

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Aileen M.

Battle Creek, MI
Feb 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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I enjoyed the entire Antarctic cruise. This cruise had lectures given by doctorate-prepared scientists, biologists, geologists, and helped me recognize the creatures we were seeing and the terrain we were experiencing. These were sights that only a few people see and experience, and I was so fortunate to be one of those few. The service was excellent, and the staff and guides were all at their best in helping the passengers enjoy the time given. They were very knowledgeable and experienced, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Jim H.

Calgary, Canada
Feb 2014

Sacred Vallery to Machu Picchu

Land Based Adventures Private Journey

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We were inspired to take this trip because it's always been on our bucket list. Everything was just perfect. We didn't have to wait for anything. Everyone was where they should have been when they should have been there. Nothing for us to worry about. Most excellent trip with our good friends. Couldn't ask for anything better. Thanks.

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Elizabeth W.

Loveland, OH
Feb 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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We loved the Eclipse and its crew—every single day was memorable and beautifully managed. Outstanding! The Guides especially—their presentations each evening on the history of the Galapagos (geological, biological, etc.) were very well done! It had pretty much met our expectations until the afternoon we sailed on the ocean amidst a huge dolphin pod—then it was an unworldly, unbelievable, absolutely stunning experience!

Josh and Jennifer provided highly personalized, knowledgeable service, were extremely responsive to every question and concern, and made sure that our experience was seamless from one end to the other.

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Karen S.

Leeming, Australia
Feb 2014

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE, FANTASTIC AND MEMORABLE. You were always quick to respond to my questions. The trip was exceptionally well organized – great crew, well paced, valuable and informative lectures, fabulous food, and comfortable and tidy cabins. I had a fabulous time on the beach with Royal and King penguins at Macquarie Island.

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John O.

Rye Brook, NY
Feb 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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There was always someone ready to help with my queries and they were handled promptly. I really appreciated this responsiveness. Most memorable part for me was the scenery on and around the Antarctic Peninsula, quite spectacular. Next was seeing many whales close up. Finally, if you are into penguins then this is the trip to take! The service from the expedition staff was extremely helpful. The guides were enthusiastic about their specialities and were always willing to help the passengers. I believe the trip met all my expectations. We were fortunate to enjoy good weather. So we saw everything as planned. The 18 day duration was just about right after the long trek to Ushuaia.

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Glenn S.

Des Plaines, IL
Feb 2014

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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The things I enjoyed the most were the wildlife and vistas, but the thing I will remember the most was the kayaking. The staff on board the ship makes the trip very good. They bend over backwards to make people happy, informed and excited.

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Ngoc L.

Oakland, FL
Feb 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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Joy and the ET staff were amazing as usual! We booked our Galapagos trip with her previously, so we knew where we had to go to be the most informed and book the right trip for Antarctica. She is always knowledgeable about the locations and is always very patient with answering our gazillion questions! These are things you won't see anywhere else in the world! Our 3 top moments were seeing the largest king penguin colony in St. Andrew's Bay (South Georgia Island), breaking through the ice as we reached our most southern point possible at Crystal Sound, and kayaking on the beautiful, calm water under clear blue sky (think National Geographic pictures) at Neko Harbour.

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Clara A.


Jan 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution

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I was surprised at the crew's attitude, always happy and helpful. Doing things that were not included in the schedule. Everyone in the crew makes you feel special.

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Shirley F.

San Rafael, CA
Jan 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xperience

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The Galapagos Islands have been on our "must see" list for a long time. Everything on this trip was close to ideal: perfect weather, festivities in Quito, the Saturday market in Otavalo, Sunday masses and festivities, and hiking and hot springs at Termas de Papallacta, and a cruise on the Eclipse—snorkeling and guided walks were the best!

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Colene D.

South Carolina
Jan 2014

Galapagos In-Brief

Expedition Ship Galapagos Legend

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We had a wonderful time in the Galapagos. It was seriously our dream trip and we are so happy to have had this experience.

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Mary L.

Renton, WA
Jan 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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I took this trip because I had a strong interest in the trip Shackleton took to South Georgia and in Elephant Island, where his men stayed. Seeing Stromness Bay, visiting Shackleton's grave at Grytvitken, seeing Elephant Island, Port Lockroy, the icebergs, Lemaire Channel, and all the penguins and elephant seals are memorable moments from my trip.

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Judy F.

Elmwood Park, IL
Jan 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Spirit (charter)

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I've always dreamed of visiting all 7 continents and this trip was an opportunity to add one more. It certainly reached if not exceeded my expectations. The guides were all amazing, well informed, helpful, friendly. Most memorable parts were landing on the continent of Antarctica twice, seeing the humpback whales, visiting the whaling station on South Georgia Island, seeing the variety of sea ice/glaciers floats and the variety of animal life.

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Audrey R.

Berkeley, CA
Jan 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Explorer (charter)

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Beth Mercier was incredibly helpful, unfailingly gracious in answering our questions and in suggesting additional activities and hotels outside of our trip. I always wanted to go to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica in early January and see penguins and icebergs and have my daughter accompany me.

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Kay G.


Jan 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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The trip was far greater than my expectations. The beauty of the area was stunning and each day was topped by the next. My favorite part of the trip was the wildlife. Walking around the penguin rookeries, hearing the penguins and watching them interact, watching the whales feeding and the birds soaring above the waves were my most memorable sights. Both the staff and the naturalists were very helpful and friendly. Being able to eat meals with the naturalists was a pleasure for they always made dinner conversations most interesting.

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Andrea and Tony W.

Seattle, WA
Jan 2014

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Expedition

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We had always wanted to see the Antarctic continent and working with ExpeditionTrips always makes us feel supported. The trip had so many memorable moments...camping on the continent Christmas Eve, crossing the circle and celebrating with our new friends, the penguins, seals and whales, and the beauty of the ice. We loved the hikes. And the midnight sun and peaceful beauty of the region is hard to explain.

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Kay G.


Jan 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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The trip was far greater than my expectations. The beauty of the area was stunning and each day was topped by the next. My favorite part of the trip was the wildlife. Walking around the penguin rookeries, hearing the penguins and watching them interact, watching the whales feeding and the birds soaring above the waves were my most memorable sights. Both the staff and the naturalists were very helpful and friendly. Being able to eat meals with the naturalists was a pleasure for they always made dinner conversations most interesting.

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Andrea J.

San Francisco, CA
Jan 2014

Galapagos Classic + Peru

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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I always wanted to go to the Galapagos and Machu Picchu. Darwin's Lake, the Sun Gate, the train to Machu Picchu were the most memorable parts of the expedition. The naturalists were well informed and the tour guides in Peru were wonderful.

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John S.

Chattanooga, TN
Jan 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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Outstanding, professional, friendly! Meeting different people and the vastness of the Antarctic were the most memorable parts of the expedition.

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George A.

Leesburg, VA
Jan 2014

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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We wanted to seek further adventure beyond our usual trips, which had been traditionally within the northern hemisphere. The most memorable parts were walking on Ocean Pack Ice after our ship pushed through the ice and stopped to let the passengers experience the moment; seeing penguins in the wild for the first time; and The Estancia Los Protreos was amazing and a truly wonderful stay on a working ranch. Joy and Jennifer were very responsive and made it easy to plan the trip and deal with any unforeseen issues.

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Tina P.

East Hampton, NY
Jan 2014

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Celebrity Xpedition

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We had talked about it for years as a trip we wanted to take. But, it was Shelly's expertise that helped us finally pull the trigger and sign up! Our expectations were met. We had a varied trip that allowed for excitement, education and relaxation. We were totally satisfied.

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Jenny S.

Cape Town, South Africa
Jan 2014

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer (charter)

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This was on my bucket list. The level of service of the expedition staff was excellent and the voyage fully met my expectations. You answered my emails immediately and I was never made to feel like a nuisance. I would definitely book future trips with you.

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Julia W.

Marietta, GA

Monteverde & Costa Rica to Panama

Expedition Ship National Geographic
Sea Lion / Sea Bird

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We thoroughly enjoyed the trip on the Sea Lion and to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The staff, guides and crew were phenomenal!! We were inspired to take this trip because my husband has been into landscape photography for the past 7 years, so we researched the National Geographic photographers and chose to go on a trip with Michael Melford.

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John L.

Houston, TX
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The trip exceeded our expectations in a number of ways.  First, the weather was great!  The Drake Passage was placid both coming and going, and we had relatively warm, sunny weather while we were exploring the islands and the peninsula.  Second, the Ocean Diamond was very comfortable, and the hotel staff was great!  Service in the dining room and restaurant were excellent, and the food was much better than we expected.  Our cabin was very comfortable, and our cabin attendant was always available if we needed anything. 

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Peg and Peter S.


Dec 2013

Galapagos In-Brief

It was better than we ever dreamed... ...in more gushing detail: Our experience was smooth sailing from the naturalists to the shipboard staff... wow, what wonderful memories! There could not be a better expedition leader than Moreno, period. His corps of naturalists are superb, Maria Carmen and Grace stood out. Everyday was action (example: swimming with penguins!) packed, well planned, and as rigorous or laid back as one wanted. Night time was amazing as well, we will never forget the stars, and watching from the rail, under the ship's lights, the swimming sea lions chasing the flying flying fish at rocket speed. M. V. Santa Cruz was the perfect vessel for us; lovely cabins at a cost we could afford, a wonderful variety of delicious food, and a crew of the nicest folks. Did I mention happy hour every evening on the sun deck...? We have wanted to see Ecuador's exquisite islands since we were married forty years ago.

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James M.

Virginia Beach, VA
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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I was inspired to take this trip because I was gunning for my 7th continent experience and this expedition met and exceeded all of my expectations. The sea kayaking was the most enjoyable part of the entire trip — kayaking through glacial ice is one of the best experiences of my life.

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Melissa L.

APO, AE
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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I just wanted to say thanks to the staff, they really listened to the passengers and tried to make us happy. We weren't scheduled to stop at an active station but we really wanted our passports stamped, so the crew went above and beyond to accommodate our request. They were superb! And so was the staff at ExpeditionTrips, a pleasure to work with and it made my journey that much better. :) What I thought was going to be just another trip truly turned out to be the trip of a lifetime for me!

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Margaret A.

Brisbane, Australia
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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This was the best travel experience of my life – I would go back in a heartbeat if I could!

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Jen Yu and Lian W.

Los Angeles, CA
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Akademik Ioffe

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The experience of planning our trip with ExpeditionTrips was superb. Keep your good spirit! We will definitely book future trips with you. We'd like to travel to the Arctic next!

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Kate W.


Dec 2013

River Boat Aria Amazon

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I would like to thank you for allowing me to experience the MV Aqua on my recent trip to Peru. My partner Joe and I absolutely loved every moment of the experience.  From the beautiful boat, to the wonderful crew, the superb wildlife and knowledgeable naturalists (in particular, Roland), the food, everything was perfect.

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Francis D.

Calgary, Canada
Dec 2013

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Peru was the most memorable part of the expedition. The level of service of the staff and naturalists was great. ExpeditionTrips was superb at helping to plan my trip. I would definitely book future trips with ET.

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Margaret W.

Surrey, UK
Dec 2013

Galapagos Classic

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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This trip was a lifelong dream. Snorkeling with sharks and turtles was the best. Everyone was helpful, knowledgeable, friendly. The people we were grouped with were great

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Danaya S.

Bangkok, Thailand
Dec 2013

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal Antarctica (charter)

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Exceeded my expectations - very educational, great service and cruise management, excellent program for kids. Most memorable was the hundreds of thousands of penguins and Neko Harbour.

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Zhuoguang Y.

West Covina, CA
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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Pure awesomeness!

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Brian K.

Oviedo, FL
Dec 2013

Galapagos In-Brief

Motor Yacht Coral I / Coral II

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The most memorable part of the trip was snorkeling with the sea lions. The sea lions were so interactive in the Galapagos and would essentially "play" with you. Unbelievable. It exceeded my expectations. ExpeditionTrips did a fantastic job throughout the transaction and always provided prompt responses to any questions that we had. Great job all around.

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David F.

Las Vegas, NV
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral Antarctica

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Always wanted to see Antarctica, and travel to that area. The level of service was terrific.

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Rachel P.

Lawrenceville, NJ
Dec 2013

Galapagos Classic

Sailing Vessel Mary Anne

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The expedition exceeded our expectations as we didn't really know too much about the islands, their diversity of landscape and animals before we went.

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Stacy M.

San Diego, CA
Dec 2013

Heart of the Amazon

River Boat Tucano

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The guides were great! Having a native guide made it even more enjoyable. It was everything that I hoped for and then some. I had always wanted to go to the Amazon and I'm so glad that I did!

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Barbara M.

Kinnelon, NJ
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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Very impressed with the expedition staff and also the ship staff. Crossing the circle was the most memorable part. They were all open, approachable, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was very good for the circumstances. Impressive!

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Paula S.

Houston, TX
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal Antarctica (charter)

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Reading about Antarctica and getting your emails inspired me to take the trip as I wanted to visit all 7 continents before I turned 60. It was GREAT, even better than I thought it would be. After traveling the world we were amazed and in awe of the beauty of Antarctica. Art by nature and a place like no other. Loved the adventure and all your help in making it happen! Everything was handled perfectly, there were no problems and your agents were a pleasure to work with. Thanks!!

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Luann M.

Pecatpmoca, IL
Dec 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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Antarctica was on our "bucket list." I think that watching the penguins and taking a long zodiac tour around turquoise icebergs were probably the highlights. We loved the expedition leader, and all the lectures which different crew members gave. The killer whales that visited us abount the icebergs were a real treat.  Joy booked our domestic flight. I was having problems getting this done, and I appreciated that service very much. Communication was excellent. All questions (and we had quite a few) were met with informed answers. We'd say that our expectations were definitely met.

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Samantha and Danny M.

Boulder, CO
Nov 2013

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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The level of service was amazing. Both the service crew and the naturalist guides went out of their way to make this an amazing trip. The level of expertise by the naturalist crew was very impressive. Because my husband and I are both teachers, the educational aspect of this trip was very important to us. The folks we talked with at ET, were so helpful and seem to really care about us and our needs. All questions were answered and the pre-trip information was very helpful. We worked mainly with Lorraine, and she was/is wonderful. I hope to be able to plan future trips through her.

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George R.

Rochester, NY
Nov 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Soleal Antarctica

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On a scale of 1 to 10 it was an 11. Everyone, from the cabin attendants to the Captain, was very accomodating and professional throughout the trip. Dining room wait staff, the expediton guides and entertainers were exceptional and catered to every need. Various members of the ship staff gave extra attention to my 13 year old grandson, by far the youngest member of the trip, and helped provide him with an experience he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Seeing the penguins up close and personal, and all the rest of the wildlife, seals, whales, various birds and scenery was incredible. We also met some great fellow travelers, like-minded people from various parts of the world.

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Ron S.

Ontario, Canada
Nov 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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It was an amazing trip. Antarctica was magnificent and awesome. The Staff were friendly, helpful, positive and knowledgeable. Met really interesting people, the food was good and enjoyed the smaller ship. ExpeditionTrips went out of their way to provide additional suggestions, called us and always responded positively and quickly. For sure we will be spreading the word about you at ExpeditionTrips.

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Leonard and Carla C.

Oak Harbor, WA
Nov 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky

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Antarctica is such a special place where you can visit with thousands of penguins, and visit this wilderness where people are only visitors and not permanent residents. What a great experience! And the scenery was amazing!

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Bill and Sandy B.

Brevard, NC
Nov 2013

Galapagos Classic + Peru

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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Jessica did an outstanding job assisting us with our booking and many questions. Beth was a great help when Jessica was out of the office. We would definitely recommend ExpeditionTrips for our friends.

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Jay B.

Tempe, AZ
Nov 2013

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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My 75th birthday seemed a good excuse for a celebratory trip to the region! And my wife said, "Good idea!" Each day was a special delight - beyond my expectations. The most important aspects of a trip like this relate to the quality of the expert staff, and the important issue of security. The trip was A+ on both counts. The comfort factors, food, hotel staff, etc. are just frosting on the cake, and these were just fine. The trip exceeded my expectations - especially the educational part, and the attention to detail. The enthusiasm of the staff was infectious. And, oh, the weather was great.

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Jean V.

Fort St. John, Canada
Nov 2013

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer

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My experience with ExpeditionTrips was superb and the expedition exceeded most of my expectations. The service and staff were excellent with too many memorable things to share. Everything was great.

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John and Peggy V.

College Station, TX
Nov 2013

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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I always wanted to see Antarctica. As a geomorphologist, seeing the glaciers and the impact that they have had on the surface was spectacular. ExpeditionTrips' service was designed to help me have a great trip and it worked. My expectations were high because I looked forward to taking this trip. Because of the weather and the seas, all my expectations were met and in many cases exceeded. We were both pleased with the service that we received and with the outcome of the trip. We would even do this one again at a different time of the year to see how the landscape changes as summer turns to fall.

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George R.

Rochester, NY
Nov 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral Antarctica

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Seeing the penguins up close and personal, all the rest of the wildlife, seals, whales, various birds and the incredible scenery. We also met some great fellow travelers, like-minded people from various parts of the world.

On a scale of 1 to 10 it was an 11. Everyone, from the cabin attendants to the Captain, was very accomodating and professional throughout the trip. Dining room wait staff, the expediton guides and entertainers were exceptional and catered to every need. Various members of the ship staff gave extra attention to my 13 year old grandson, by far the youngest member of the trip, and helped provide him with an experience he will cherish for the rest of his life.

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Meg R.

Seattle, WA
Oct 2013

Cuba – People to People Cultural Exchange

Small Group

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If Cuba were a shoe, she would be part of my favorite pair. She has magnetic character and charisma. She is as beautiful, even in her well-worn state, as she is resilient and unbreakable. And she’s a comfortable fit for a trave