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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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Ersten I.

Concord, CA
May 2018

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Zafiro

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ExpeditionTrips left no stone unturned, and all of my questions were answered accurately and in a timely manner. The documents were thoroughly prepared and covered all aspects of the trip. One of the numerous highlights of this trip was interacting with the local fishermen as they plied their trade on the river. They enjoyed talking to us and displaying their catches. We marveled at the variety and color of species they caught. The crew took the time to get to know each and everyone one of us, and calling us by our first names made us feel right at home. All three naturalist guides were extremely knowledgeable. Juan was truly a character, and kept us in stitches with his unique humor.

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Dorothy D.

Powder Springs, GA
May 2018

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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The most memorable moments were the mating rituals and coloring of the red-footed boobies, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigate birds; and snorkeling with hammerhead sharks, penguins, and sea lions.

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Donna J.

Largo, FL
Apr 2018

Costa Rica: Cloud Forest to the Caribbean

Land Program

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ExpeditionTrips' info package on the tour was so complete, just about every question you could ask had already been included. Your air department was excellent. They booked exactly what we wanted very efficiently. I recently traveled to the Galapagos with you and that cinched me on travel with your company. Any time anyone asks about good tour companies, you are the one I mention first. We love nature and we've found the perfect company to help us get close to it and learn all about it. Thanks so much. Excellent - Five Plus stars. We loved all the hotels we stayed at. We loved the rain forest, Arenal Volcano, the talk with Marvin about his life and Monte Verde. The canals on the Caribbean side, the birds, monkeys, especially howler monkeys. Our guide and driver were both amazing - very knowledgeable, fun, personable, and always there to help us. The farm we visited was great!

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Lindsey H.

Alpine, NJ
Apr 2018

Galapagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The whole experience was amazing but swimming with the sea lions was a dream come true! If you are in Quito for the day get a guide....it was well worth it! All of the staff were very professional. The guides had a vast breadth of knowledge and made the whole trip more interesting. Their energy and enthusiasm were contagious.

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Dana H.

Chicago, IL
Apr 2018

Galapagos Classic + Peru's Land of the Inca

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Each island is a unique experience...every day was a new Adventure! Everyone was friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work. Adding the two days in Mashpi was awesome.

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Eileen H.

Baltimore, MD
Apr 2018

French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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ExpeditionTrips' Olivia and Sarah were responsive, informative, and helpful at all times. I would recommend them to anyone!!! The scenery and activities were wonderful. Great snorkeling and swimming. The level of expertise form all staff was wonderful. No complaints. People were eager to make you comfortable at all costs.

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David T.

Eugene, OR
Mar 2018

Cuba by Land & Sea – Cultural Heritage & Natural Wonders

Motor Yacht Harmony V

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We met and interacted with many Cubans from all walks of life. The guests aboard the Harmony V were worth getting to know, and we willl continue a relationship with some of them. The staff and guides provided excellent service and communication, which was critical in a situation where plans necessaily and continually had to be adjusted.

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Bob S.

Phoenixville, PA
Mar 2018

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

Expedition Ship National Geographic Sea Lion

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This was our 3rd ‘Remarkable Journey’ trip to Baja, and this destination always exceeds our expectations. There are few wildlife experiences that can top a mother and baby gray whale seeking out a small panga [boat] to look at you eye-to-eye while being touched. On this photo expedition we opted for multiple pre-dawn excursions to capture amazing sunrises and the golden light on some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet. Views of bow-riding dolphins, breaching humpback whales, sperm, blue and fin whales, combined with the dramatic desert landscape ensured that we will soon be planning our next Baja ‘Remarkable Journey’ trip.

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Teri W.

Phoenix, MD
Mar 2018

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Beyond the trip of a lifetime! Exceeded my expectations. All of the staff of the ship were so friendly. Everything was truly coordinated and planned out that you did not have to worry about anything but enjoying the trip. . Naturalist was warm, patient, and gave constant education and passion for the Galapagos

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Carol T.

Isle of Palms, SC
Feb 2018

Galapagos In-Brief

Motor Yacht Cormorant

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The sites were amazing. We learned so much. Liked the small boat and attention to detail by the crew.

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Roger R.

Wheaton, IL
Feb 2018

Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers, and Ruins of The Maya World

Expedition Ship National Geographic Quest

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Ashton, Jennifer & Sarah did an outstanding job in keeping us informed about all stages of the pre-trip planning process and helping with transportation arrangements. Visit to Tikal in Guatemala was the most interesting.

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Sherry W.

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Plancius

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Postcard scenery every time I looked around. Wonderful, laid-back staff who honestly enjoy their jobs and want you to have the most amazing trip of a lifetime.

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Angela E.

Victoria, BC, Canada
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing – Air-Cruise

Expedition Ship Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)

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Flying over the Drake was a good thing to do. It gave us more time in the Antarctic. Going South of the Polar Circle was also fabulous and few cruises do that. The scenery was unique. The hotel staff and food on board were great. The kayaking was fabulous.

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Ka Man L.

Hong Kong
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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The trip was fantastic! I am very impressed by the high quality of the expedition team. The members were very professional and shared lots of experience and knowledge with us. My friends and I are from Hong Kong and this was our first visit to Antarctica. The expedition coordinator and leader answered all of our questions with patience.

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Tommy H.

Jackson, TN
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Island Sky

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were taking the Zodiacs and seeing the wildlife. The level of service could not have been better.

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Capri H.

Hackett, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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Our trip was absolutely incredible. We feel very lucky to have had such an amazing experience. Words can't describe how beautiful it is down there! It's hard to pinpoint a highlight because it was all unlike anything we had done before. I think seeing icebergs, watching the curious Gentoo penguins running around, spotting 4 or 5 species of whales, and just having a completely different adventure every day were all highlights.

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Elaine L.

Lakeside, CA
Feb 2018

Antarctica Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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The expedition staff were amazing. They shared their knowledge, making our trip a much richer experience. The staff, from seamen to chefs and everyone in between, gave 110%.

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Heather W.

Arlington, VA
Feb 2018

Antarctica Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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We had some incredibly close interactions with humpback whales while we were in our zodiacs that were amazing and unforgettable. Also, in mid-to-late February, the penguin chicks were old enough to be left alone by their parents. They were extremely curious and interactive. Nearly everyone who wanted an up-close and personal experience got a visit from a chick who wanted to peck at their pants, backpack or trekking pole! (All done within the rules to ensure the safety of chicks and guests!)

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Kenneth W.

East Palo Alto, CA
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The entire trip was amazing. I specifically enjoyed Antarctica's wildlife and beautiful scenery, the outstanding service and professionalism of the staff, and their willingness to assist in making my expedition a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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John M.

New York, NY
Feb 2018

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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It was a peak vacation; a life-altering combination of learning and activity, hiking and snorkeling with impassioned and knowledgeable naturalists, on a well-designed ship with a crack crew and a kitchen intent on presenting local cuisines. It was also wonderful to escape civilization and see evolution in action on islands isolated from plastic, urban noise, and the internet. We were mostly alone with the flora and fauna.

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Richard T.

Malibu, CA
Feb 2018

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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This trip is for those who desire to see the real Antarctica, as close to the South Pole (by hundreds of miles) as you can get by sea, in the most pristine water in the world. For spectacular history, close-up encounters with wildlife that could care less whether or not you're there, and being the only 50 people within 500 miles around you, there's no place else you can possibly go. So what if it's a month at sea without news or internet? Great food, wonderful mates. Go for it.

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Carolyn C.

Malibu, CA
Feb 2018

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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There were many amazing things about this trip but seeing the Ross Ice Shelf is otherworldly and gives you a sense of the greatness of our planet. My top days were probably when we got up-close and personal with Emperor penguins, and the day we saw Emperor penguins and at least twenty-five Orcas swimming in the ice cracks and along the ice edge. Elephant seals are also creatures you can’t believe exist (they’re so weird and awesome) until you are next to them, which we were able to do on this trip. I also watched albatrosses and their mating rituals. Very few people ever see these birds when they’re not in flight, as they spend about 95% of their time flying.

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Carol G.

Talent, OR
Feb 2018

Baja California: Among the Great Whales

Expedition Ship National Geographic Sea Bird

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The trip was great! Seeing the grey whales, sea lions, mobula rays, dolphins, and pelagic birds couldn’t have been more wonderful. And the sand dollars on Sand Dollar Beach were wonderful! We had several families on board and the crew did its best to see that everyone had a great time. Everything was planned perfectly. There was no confusion from baggage claim to customs to changing luggage from plane to boat. Everything was headache-free.

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Randall W.

Los Angeles, CA
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The level of service from the staff and guides was outstanding. This is the fourth cruise I've been on and by far the best. We landed on Deception Island. I actually set foot on the continent of Antarctica. Planning through ExpeditionTrips was excellent. I had to do very little myself except make arrangements to get there.

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Shuk K. H.

Hong Kong
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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I appreciated that this trip was eco-friendly and the staff focused on environmental protection. Staff and guides were professional and ExpeditionTrips was very good with fast responses.

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Dov A.

Kfar Saba, Israel
Feb 2018

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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Landing ashore, exploring, and seeing whales were all memorable parts of my trip. The guides, in general, were professionals devoted to their mission. The staff on the boat including the kitchen and dining room personnel were the very best I've experienced. The organization on the whole was really great.

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Jeanine G.

Tucson, AZ
Jan 2018

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship Evolution (charter)

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Above what I expected. The crew were very knowledgeable and helpful with a good sense of humor. The most memorable part was seeing all the animals and marine life. My favorites were the Blue-Footed and Red-Footed Boobies.

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Peter N.

Waban, MA
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Spectacular scenery. Enthralling wildlife. Terrific naturalists, photographers, officers, and crew. Wonderful accommodations and food. The trip of a lifetime -- it fulfilled all bucket-list expectations! The ExpeditionTrips staff was very knowledgeable, extremely helpful when last-minute changes were necessary, and always available to answer questions or provide advice.

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Cathy M.

Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 2018

Galagagos Classic – Islander

Expedition Ship National Geographic Islander

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The most memorable parts were the knowledge and passion of the naturalists; the incredible animals and beauty of these islands, and being on a boat for a week. The service provided by everyone was excellent, friendly, and professional.

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Kathy B.

Evergreen, CO
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Amazing having the naturalists on board, walking with the penguins, the lectures, witnessing small avalanches, and watching the ship cut through the ice. The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered during the trip was excellent - beyond compare to any other cruise I've been on. Trip planning with ExpeditionTrips is mindless for the consumer. Everything was organized, timely, and easy to navigate.

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Brooke C.

Chevy Chase, MD
Jan 2018

New Zealand & the Sub-Antarctic Islands

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral

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This is the second trip we booked through you, and each time was well managed. You provided excellent coordination, good reminders of what to do, and helped with any questions immediately. We really do provide your name to all our friends who are considering expedition trips. AND your website is great! The birds (especially the penguins) were wonderful. Being able to go to Macquarie and see thousands of penguins up close (including chicks and hovering scuas) was a special way to see nature. The expedition leader was great and the team worked really hard.

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Rachel K.

Long Beach, CA
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula and Falkland Islands

Scenic Exploration Vessel Midnatsol

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The most memorable parts of our trip were getting so close to the whales and penguins, and sailing past giant icebergs. The level of service during the trip was a 10/10. All the staff were amazing. My favorites were Dom, the photographer, and Sam, the marine biologist. Olivia at ExpeditionTrips was awesome; efficient and very fast to respond.

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Ellen C.

Manila, Philippines
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The most memorable parts of my trip were seeing glaciers, icebergs, penguins, and kayaking. Service from the staff and guides was very good. My experience with my Expedition Specialist and Travel Coordinator was excellent.

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Erin O.

Oakland, CA
Jan 2018

Patagonian Explorer

Expedition Ship Ventus Australis

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The scenery and animals were INCREDIBLE. This was our first cruise and we chose this trip because we wanted to see things that we couldn't if we were traveling by land. The glaciers, the penguins, the albatross, Cape Horn(!) and the constantly changing views out the window all stand out. Returning to the Zodiacs after walking through a subantarctic forest and being greeted by the bartender who was serving whiskey and hot chocolate was a nice touch!

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Mary L.

Sequim, WA
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Especially enjoyed Antarctic Peninsula...beautiful mountains, bays, bergs and wildlife. Some unforgettable encounters with humpback whales while we were in the Zodiacs. Ship crew and staff were outstanding--very hardworking, efficient, and always good-natured. Guides were enthusiastic and well grounded in their topics-- Justine (historian), Dany (whales), Jean, Annie, and Kit were especially capable. Ben the guest service coordinator was very good as well. Enjoyed all their presentations.

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Terry C.

Spokane, WA
Jan 2018

Cuba by Land & Sea – Cultural Heritage & Natural Wonders

Motor Yacht Harmony V

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The most memorable parts were the performing arts, especially the children's performance during our last full day in Cuba.

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Leslie R.

Averill Park, NY
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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Everything about this trip exceeded our expectations. The animals, the animals, the animals! It was a privilege to walk among them. Also, a pretty small group of like minded travelers provided for great table talk, shared experiences, and new friendships - some that will last a lifetime. I would not trade a day of it, even those just at sea. Don't miss South Georgia Island!!! We have no idea how they did it, but the staff of Hebridean Sky was first rate in every way. Superb food and service. The staff has been trained to give personal service and many of them took time to learn our names and preferences. The guides are AMAZING, very dedicated to the area, very knowledgeable, and very determined to give you the experience of a lifetime. Every one of them blew us away.

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Sukru A.

Ecublens, Switzerland
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Soleal Antarctica

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ALL landings and zodiac cruises were exceptional: wildlife, landscapes, and icebergs! Especially impressed by the giant king penguins and black browed albatross colonies on South Georgia Island.

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Teresa O.

Billings, MT
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Island Sky (charter)

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All of our many questions were answered promptly by ExpeditionTrips. As a third person joining two others on the expedition months after they signed up, you worked quickly to get me on the same tour. Two Zodiac cruises stand out. The first was a Zodiac cruise through icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Many had seals or penguins resting on them. The ice was an incredible blue. The second most memorable part was another Zodiac cruise at dusk to see Humpback whales feeding on krill. They were tumbling through the water and showing us their tails. During that expedition, the cruise director, and several of the crew met us out in the bay with their own Zodiac outfitted with hot chocolate and optional Baileys. What a treat! The level of service was superb. The crew on the ship was so eager to please and make us feel welcome. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed touring with them in the Zodiacs, having meals with them, and attending their lectures. Can't believe how accomplished they all were. We felt privileged to be in their company.

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Dawn T.

Tokyo, Japan
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Jennifer and Sarah were responsive, knowledgeable and professional. Jennifer was able to assist in weeding through all the expedition companies and routes to provide what we were looking for. She also had kayaked in Antarctica and had recommended it — so glad we did. Highlight of the trip. And their patience and quick response to our myriad of questions. Very thankful for their help. Epic. From incredible scenery with snow capped mountains, a menagerie of icebergs of immense proportions and shapes; Minke whales checking us out in the zodiacs as we checked them out, kayaking as penguins porpoised by us, the tranquility; humpback whales diving under our kayaks as gentle giants and appearing on the other side; the ship's crew and it's captain Oleg; incredible meals and waitstaff; expedition staff: their knowledge, professionalism and sharing the same pure enthusiasm of seeing the seals, whales, masses of penguins, sites. Excellent. Kayaking guides were professional and experienced. Getting us on the water whenever safely possible.

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Julie R.

Huntington Beach, CA
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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So pleased we chose to visit the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island. It was a special addition to the Antarctic Peninsula. I would hate to have missed them. Everyone should make the effort to include them.

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Roberta K.

Prince Albert, CA
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Everything was so good. The expedition specialists were absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable, friendly, humorous, and kind! I like that is they sat down with us at lunch, etc. They enjoyed the trip as much as we did! Great job!

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Ed H.

Chicago, IL
Jan 2018

Amazon Odyssey

River Boat Tucano

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Guides were the best! Food, accommodations...great. Flora and fauna...fabulous. The level of service was a 10 plus...exceeded expectations.

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Peter T.

Baltimore, MD
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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The trip was amazing. The ship exceeded our expectations for accommodations, comfort, food, etc. The ship and expedition staff all went above and beyond to satisfy any needs. ExpeditionTrips listened to our specific needs and suggested the ship and itinerary that was perfect for us.

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Bruce J.

Pepper Pike, OH
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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Exposure to wildlife exceeded my imagination. Whether I was viewing whales around the ship, encountering penguins by the thousands after a landing, coming upon a seal lounging upon the ice or hiking to nesting seabirds, the intimacy of contact was surreal.

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Dan H.

Allentown, PA
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The staff was incredible as were the guides. Some of the best service and experience I've received. The staff was always on top of the guests needs and the guides were so thrilled and energetic.

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Leah H.

Victoria, BC
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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I travel a lot and this was the best expedition I have ever done. The staff and naturalist guides and incredibly well organized and dedicated to customer service. The planning assistance was quick and accurate.

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Brian B.

Aurora, IL
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp

Research Ship Ortelius

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We were on the Antarctic peninsula for four days and went kayaking for one outing each of the days.  I would highly recommend kayaking to anyone considering going onboard the Ortelius. Out of 116 passengers or so, only 14 of us were kayakers and we readily "bonded" with our daily activity.

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Nighat F.

Rosebery, Australia
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the penguins, the glaciers, icebergs and the comforts on the ship. I was daunted by the number of options that were available for this destination—when to go, what ship to choose, how small the ship should be etc. Abby painstakingly explained about the various options which made this process relatively easy for me. Once I had decided on the ship, there were still many questions which I had and Abby was very prompt and thorough in replying to my hundreds of emails.

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Andrew B.

London, England
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the stunning landscapes, the peace and tranquility, kayaking, the thrill of being surprised by a humpback whale as it surfaced right next to us, long chats and camaraderie with all the interesting and friendly people on the voyage, and the great guides with their fascinating lectures and stories.

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Barbara R.

Ocean Pines, MD
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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I chose this trip because I wanted to see half a million penguins on South Georgia Island. One really could not believe the sight. But what really surprised me was the beauty of the landscape once we reached the Antarctic Peninsula. They say, "Your first trip to Antarctica is to see the penguins; the second trip is for the ice." This couldn't be more true! I had high expectations. I had waited years for the opportunity to go to the 7th continent, done my research and was prepared for a trip of a lifetime. My expectations were exceeded in every way. The scenery and wildlife were more amazing in person than anything I had seen in pictures. I have traveled on other expedition ships and the Ocean Diamond was the best to date. I don't think you could find a finer Expedition Team starting with the Team Leader, the guides and support staff. Many of the Expedition Guides held PhD's, were research scientists, authors and adventure specialists. Very impressive group!

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Colleen K.

Vancouver, WA
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The Falkland Islands and South Georgia were such a fantastic surprise. The wildlife viewing was phenomenal in both places, and the islands are so beautiful. Anyone going to Antarctica without visiting these other gems would be missing out on a huge opportunity. This trip lived up to my very high expectations. All of the ship's crew provided excellent service. The naturalist guides really make it a special trip. They share their knowledge with you both in lectures and while you are out cruising in the zodiacs. It was a super experience but also very educational (in a fun way).

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Catherine M.

Paris, France
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Outstanding landscapes, comfortable boat, and very friendly staff.

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Mary K.

Baton Rouge, LA
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Soleal Antarctica

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The trip was amazing. The scenery, wildlife, and landings were beyond what we could have imagined. I am so happy we chose to do the full itinerary of South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and Antarctica, rather than the shorter Antarctica-only itinerary. So worth it. Also, going in late January to early February was perfect as we saw so many young penguin chicks and cute fur seal pups.

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Ruairi O.

Dalkey, Dublin, Ireland
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula In Depth with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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Most memorable was the sea kayaking program. It made a huge difference to have nine amazing two-hour outings close to the water, ice floes, seals, and penguins -- really unique, serene, and memorable. Also memorable: landings on the penguin colonies and the opportunity to walk with them, and the non-stop, wrap-around, beautiful, unique, unspoilt scenery.

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Rob C.

Wooloowin, QLD, Australia
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula In Depth with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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I would spend hours on deck just staring at the incredible landscapes. Prepare for frequent changes to the schedule due to weather and ice conditions, and don't get frustrated by them -- it's all part of the experience. Incredible (and plentiful) food -- way better than I was expecting. Five-star service from the crew and staff made for a memorable trip. Our comfort and safety could not have been looked after better, whether on-board or on excursions. I appreciated the little touches like hot chocolate after excursions and chocolates on pillows. ExpeditionTrips kept us informed every step of the way up to departure, and were responsive to any questions.

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Susan H.

Belleville, IL
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Island Sky (charter)

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The scenery is so unlike anything else you will ever see anywhere in the world. You spend two days only seeing water and then you wake up and see icebergs. Blue icebergs. It is amazing. I crossed the Antarctic Circle (goal), I completed my 7th continent (proper), and I did the Polar Plunge. The trip exceeded my expectations and I feel an incredible sense of accomplishment. If you can only go on one "expedition" in your life, this is it.

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Sharon B.

Seattle, WA
Jan 2018

New Zealand & the Subantarctic Islands

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral

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The most memorable part of the expedition was the penguins. They were truly amazing. We saw seven different species and three of them were on land where we could actually sit and watch them. The other species were seen from Zodiacs, but we were able to get close enough to take great pictures. My personal favorite was the Snares crested penguin. We also saw several different species of albatross, cormorants, and lots of seals, seal lions, and elephant seals. Another memorable part of the trip was all the plants we saw - lots of rata and truly incredible mega herbs and purple daisies.

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Corey S.

San Antonio, TX
Jan 2018

Ross Sea – In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Research Ship Spirit of Enderby

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The huts from which Scott and Shackleton launched their expeditions were amazing. Also, the quiet, the colors of the ice floes on the breathing sea, the number of animals going about their business, such as blue whales, Emperors penguins, thousands of Adelies, King penguins, and petrels. So for me, the most memorable parts of the trip are: first, the historical huts; then the stark, icy landscape and sea; and finally the sheer amount of animals: nine types of penguins, pods of orca, A BLUE WHALE, enormous seabirds.

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Tobey W.

High Bridge, NJ
Jan 2018

Galapagos Classic

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Swimming with sea lions - or they with us - had to be the most memorable moment for me. Very often when we snorkeled, we'd be joined by one or more playful sea lions. It was amazing. All of the creatures were wonderful, the islands beautiful, and the entire cruise ran like a well-oiled machine. The level of service went beyond any expectations I could have had. The staff was knowledgeable, passionate, interesting, and professional.

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Roberta G.

Ruston, VA
Jan 2018

Galapagos Classic – Southeastern Islands

Motor Yacht Letty / Eric

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Overall, the trip was outstanding. The up-close and personal adventures with nature were unforgettable. Our naturalists were very knowledgeable, and the accommodations were terrific. We loved that our boat of twenty had eight students, ages 17 to 27. The level of service was top notch. The food was excellent, the cabins were cleaned to perfection, and the hospitality was outstanding.

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Michael F.

Palo Alto, CA
Jan 2018

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Island Sky (charter)

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Of course a trip to Antarctica is going to be, literally, wondrous. But what made it really special was the expedition staff. Every last one of them was great -- knowledgeable, personable, and fun. Just great people. I had not known about Zegrahm at all -- never heard of them. When I told Alison Ashton what I was thinking about, she introduced me to them. I’m so glad she did! Furthermore, she did not push them on me. She simply told me about them as another trip to consider. I greatly appreciated that.

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Joe P.

Broadview Heights, OH
Jan 2018

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Island Sky (charter)

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The most memorable parts of my trip: seeing penguins by the thousands, aqua-colored icebergs, crossing the Antarctic Circle, glaciers calving, lounging seals, and whales. Staff and guides were 5-STAR! Super friendly and efficient staff, delicious meals with a wide variety and superb presentation, extremely informative lectures from friendly, mingling guides. ExpeditionTrips continually assisted us and offered helpful suggestions.

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Lanny F.

Syracuse, NY

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The most memorable parts were:
1) Awakening in the morning after crossing the Drake Passage to see the stark landscape emerging from the sea
2) The Lemaire Channel filled with ice floes
3) The miracle of the whales. More and more humpbacks with every moment, and the bow of the ship filled with explorers, running back and forth from port to starboard and cheering at each new breeching of the whales.
4) Although not as exciting as the above, unlimited bridge access was great

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Margaret E.

Arvada, CO
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Being able to set foot on this remote continent was incredible, and I very much enjoyed the attentive and knowledgeable cast and crew. The naturalists' presentations were informative, entertaining, and a great addition to an already wonderful adventure. I genuinely cannot imagine better service than I received from the staff and naturalists. They were friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable, and fun.

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John K.

Fraser, CO
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The wildlife was extraordinary! The expeditionary nature of the trip was something that we appreciated. The captain and expedition leader were flexible and able to make changes based on what was happening around us in real time. We spent two hours watching a pod of Orcas hunt a crab eater seal. The captain kept the ship in position so we could watch the drama as it unfolded. By the way, the seal got away!

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Nancy I.

Paris, FR
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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So amazing to see the glaciers, icebergs, and of course all the penguins! The level of service by the staff was exceptional. The guides were all so well informed and made the trip a wonderful experience. Any questions I had were answered promptly. Marybeth was great!

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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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Cindy E.

Dallas, TX
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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The openness and vastness of Antartica cannot be described. The small ship meant we had a lot of flexibility to access places and explore as the only people there. It is a trip of a lifetime with unbelievable beauty and wonder. The service was over the top excellent! Everyone on the ship went out of their way to make us feel welcome and cared for. The ExpeditionTrips team was always responsive - we would definitely plan future trips with them.

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Florence Y.

Cliffside Park, NJ
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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The surprising part of the trip was seeing tabular icebergs during our days at sea. I dreaded the long days at sea between landings. In reality, they were just as memorable because of the people and wonderful staff keeping us busy with fun and interesting activities.

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Shelley C.

Menlo Park, CA
Dec 2017

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Expedition Ship National Geographic Quest

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The most memorable parts were: 1) Transiting the Canal
2) Visting the Smithsonian Research facility in the canal
3) The food on board
4) The rooms on the ship -- balcony rooms are fabulous ExpeditionTrips had very quick responses to my questions, and great advice on what cabin # we should select.

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Cate G.

Faribault, MN
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Lyrial Antarctica (charter)

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I was planning to do the Antarctica peninsula only, but it was recommended to me to include Falkland Islands and South Georgia, and I’m so glad I did! I’ve traveled fairly extensively, and this had to be one of the best, if not the best, trip I’ve ever taken. The variety and quantity of penguins, seals, whales and birds was astounding. The scenery was absolutely breath taking. The icebergs in their creative shapes and sizes, and the shades of blue were spectacular. The naturalists were all very experienced, friendly and knowledgeable. The whole crew was awesome. I can’t say enough about how mulch I loved this trip!!!

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Vyom G.

Long Island City, NY
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Lyrial Antarctica (charter)

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The whole trip was absolutely amazing. Logistics were impeccable, the travel was supremely comfortable. The expedition staff were amazingly knowledgeable and provided a wonderful and fun learning experience. Above and beyond anything I had expected. Service felt very personal, with bar and wait staff getting to know us and our preferences and fulfilling our needs even before we needed to ask for things. I would recommend this trip to everyone!

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Hugh C.

Vancouver, BC
Dec 2017

Journey to Peru with the Inca Trail

Land Based Adventure

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the scenery, the education, and the friendliness of the guides/porters.

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Tiffany M.

Swedesboro, NJ
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Research Ship Akademik Ioffe

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The expertise of the guides and naturalists was the best there is. The personality of all employees we interacted with from start to finish was spectacular. The expedition staff were constantly involved with us from sitting in the lounge to eating our meals and we developed a deep personal connection to the staff as well as our fellow passengers. The wildlife and the trip itself was exceptional. The ship was meticulously maintained and our excursions were so super fun. It was the trip of our lifetime! We have 11 year old twins who loved the kayaking, hiking, Zodiac cruising as well as all of the onboard presentations and nighttime games/talks.

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Richard B.

New York, NY
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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A+. All 3 destinations were outstanding. Antarctica had an other-worldly frozen landscape. The South Georgia penguin colonies are breathtaking.The rockhopper penguins jumping from the waves to the rocks in the Falklands is a mesmerizing sight.

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Henrik B.

Sammamish, WA
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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The Antarctic continent is the most amazing place i have visited and the final continent. I have visited over 50 countries but nothing comes close to the experience of Antarctica. Every day or even every Zodiac excursion brought us to a different environment wether it was narrow fjords, glacial bay, and ever changing wild life. Our dream was to see penguins in their natural habitat and did we ever. We saw orcas, Minkes, and humpback whales, multiple species of seals.

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Robert S.

Westbury, NY
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Honestly, every day was memorable. Antarctica met my high expectations. While I was well aware of their beauty before departure date, when first researching an Antarctic expedition I never dreamed that the Falkland Islands and South Georgia would be so exciting to visit. Even the days "at sea" were fun as there were many whale, bird and iceberg sightings and the lectures/films were informative and entertaining.

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Ron S.

Westbury, NY
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Honestly, every day was memorable. Antarctica met my high expectations. While I was well aware of their beauty before departure date, when first researching an Antarctic expedition I never dreamed that the Falkland Islands and South Georgia would be so exciting to visit. Even the days "at sea" were fun as there were many whale, bird and iceberg sightings and the lectures/films were informative and entertaining.

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Michael G.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Research Ship Akademik Ioffe

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the amazing landscapes and the wildlife.

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Jason J.

Pakkret, Thailand
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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I have seen a lot of animals: whales, penguins, birds, seals. They were all very close to the Zodiac and kayak.

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Celeste T.

Purcellville, WA
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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Actually the whole trip was beyond my wildest dreams! The entire trip from day one was absolutely phenomenal! The service was nothing less than superb! From the guys who took care of my cabin to the expedition leader and everyone in between...they ware all friendly, caring, knowledgeable and willing to do whatever was necessary to make sure everyone was taken care of.

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Terry D.

Vancouver, BC
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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Most memorable part of trip was Zodiaking amongst the iceburgs, and seeing the huge mountains and glaciers right at the waters edge. And, of course, the penguins. By the way, I am 73 years of age and relatively fit. There were many on board in their 60's and 70's. The service was superb, superb, superb! Everyone tried hard to please and certainly delivered. There were always helping hands to assist one when getting into and out of the Zodiacs. Safety was always of the utmost importance.

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Denise P.

Vancouver, BC
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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Spend as much time on land as you can, even if you think the weather may be challenging (snow falling). Definitely wear layers; our weather was mild enough that we were too hot hiking and we were able to take our parka off (but all layers definitely needed for Zodiac cruising). Be prepared for motion sickness; the Drake isn't a joke. Do the polar plunge!!

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Mary R.

West Newton, MA
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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Everything (except crossing the Drake Channel) was memorable, but I was especially thrilled with the Zodiac cruises through fields of amazingly shaped icebergs.

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Marvin K.

Hollywood, FL
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Scenic Exploration Vessel Fram

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MS Fram was higher quality than I was expecting. Dinners were either buffet or sit down and were always 5 courses. Because of our planners I know we were in the best cabin on the ship (note that it was NOT the most expensive cabin, it was actually one of the cheapest, but they know the ins and outs of these ships! (thank goodness for us!). Loved the expedition type cruise and it was so special to travel with approx 250 passengers because you actually get to know people! DONT wait until you retire... this is not that trip. You need to have stamina to go on 2 excursions a day and run out of your cabin when the captain or the naturalists see Dolphins, Orcas Killer Whales or the iceberg B15 - the one that is the size of Jamaica that has been traveling around for the last 17 years! (all of these happened and we were thrilled!)

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Nicolas M.

London, England
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were:

  • Lemaire Strait
  • Petermann Island
  • Christmas Day BBQ for dinner on deck
  • Camping on the ice - but sleeping on my mat in the fresh air as it was a still night and no wind so could hear the ice calving and the penguins chattering.....heavenly!
  • Crossing the Antarctic Circle near Adelaide Island and doing a polar plunge there—so fantastic
  • Port Lockroy—super interesting to read all the history and send postcards from the Penguin Post Office
  • Brown Bluff —130 passengers and 150,000+ penguins—those numbers made me truly joyous
  • Deception Island - felt like another planet and there were lots of seals on the beach there

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Jean S.

San Rafael, CA
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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I felt confident that I was in good hands, had signed up with an excellent company, packed everything I needed and had all the information necessary and useful for me to have a wonderful, nurturing, exciting, extraordinary experience in Antarctica, and I did.

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Deborah C.

Boulder, CO
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the extremes - polar plunge (jumping into the icy waters of the Antarctic) and standing on the highest decks during a storm our last night out. Loved both. (Well, I loved it all. But those might be the most memorable.)

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Philip S.

Fayetteville, PA
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Ortelius

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Amazing staff, amazing scenery, and I actually made some good friends. Antarctica is a breathtaking environment, and absolutely worth the trip. Kayaking was particularly incredible.

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Nancy S.

Walnut, CA
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Diamond

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The most memorable part of this expedition was stepping on to the actual continent of Antarctica and seeing the 2 penguin colonies. This was my 7th and final continent so it was a huge deal. I also really loved the giant blue icebergs.

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Alan S.

Boulder, CO
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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Some of the sites we went to were breathtakingly beautiful, and the experience of being there with the natural wonders and the wildlife more than met my expectations. The staff was uniformly wonderful. Warm, friendly, helpful, respectful, informative. It was clear that their mission was to make everything they could go well for us. And safety was always number one.

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Robert D.

Twin Falls, ID
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The trip was amazing from beginning to end, but I would say the most exciting moment was when I opened my portal window and saw Antarctica for the first time. From that moment on I was running on pure adrenaline. The most memorable moment was when I was on the bridge and we were sailing at the end of day 1 in Antarctica. The sun was setting, glaciated mountains were surrounding us, and rainbows were forming on the horizon and to make matters even better, whales were rising to the surface and blowing. It was the most beautiful experience of my life. It was so emotional that some of us even began to cry. The second most memorable moment was paddle boarding in Paradise Cove, then setting foot on the continent afterwards. All I could say the whole trip was "wow".

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Wanlong G.

Shanghai, China
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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It's so exciting to step foot on the 7th Continent and witness the awesome wild life around. The expedition team and crew staff provide very professional services and care for the passengers. I just feel like they are my family! Antarctic is such a magic place which definitely worth to visit at least once in lifetime.

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Billy & Mary V.

Tucson, AZ
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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Age was not a problem, and I handled it well because of the support from staff. I was in good condition, but not used to the terrain. I would say, go on this expedition. It is once in a lifetime. The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered was absolutely incredibly—they are knowledgeable people who love their jobs. The level of service was outstanding. We loved every minute of our adventure.

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Kate P.

Tucson, AZ
Dec 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were the astonishing density of wildlife on South Georgia, visiting many sites of historical significance, and kayaking in the iceberg graveyard. The staff was excellent—enthusiastic, knowledgeable about natural history and history, engaging speakers, very helpful. The hotel staff was very professional and did an outstanding job of keeping the ship-shape. The food was divine. All staff worked very hard and well as a team. Everyone was so friendly and seemed to enjoy what they were doing.

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Kathryn K.

Tenafly, NJ
Dec 2017

Galapagos In-Brief – Eastern

Motor Yacht Galapagos Odyssey

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The trip was wonderful. The Galapagos Islands were breathtaking. The island excursions were educational and we were very pleased with our guide's informative narratives. The varied topography and animal/bird/sea-life sightings more than met our expectations; an extraordinary experience. The crew members were professional and most willing to assist. Overall, the experience was awe-inspiring!

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Rob W.

Brooklyn, NY
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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We know that every Antarctic trip is different, but for ours, a few of the most memorable parts would be...

1. Expeditions. We did three continental landings. The hikes were exhilarating. Saw 30-50 whales do bubble feeding. Seeing lots and lots of penguins. Zodiac cruises to see wildlife and ice.

2. Education. Naturalists were informative in person as well as during their presentations throughout the day.

3. Ship and ship staff. Open bridge was amazing. Crew were great. Dining services and servers and cleaning crew super friendly and caring.

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Reginald B.

San Francisco, CA
Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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A wholly remarkable experience. The vastness of the icy landscape and the abundance of wildlife were breathtaking. The level of service was impeccable. The ship's staff provided truly 5-star service in every aspect of the accommodation. The Quark guides are so knowledgeable in their fields and so personable and approachable as to make every interaction feel like being with a friend.

The service I received from Alison Ashton was remarkable. From first contact more than a year before departure, she guided our group through every aspect, from choosing just the right itinerary to meet our needs to helping with pre- and post-trip needs.

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Ashis M.

Burlingame, CA
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The most memorable part of the expedition was the fantastic beauty of Antarctica. The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered during the trip was excellent. ExpeditionTrips provided adequate information. I would definitely plan future trips with ExpeditionTrips, or introduce ExpeditionTrips to friends, associates, or relatives.

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Jan R.

Saskatoon, CA
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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Seeing nature in action was one of the most memorable parts of this expedition! Whether it was watching a penguin flip out of the water onto land or marveling at the enormity of an iceberg floating by or hearing the sound of thunder as an iceberg was calving—breathtaking.

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Susan B.

Seattle, WA
Nov 2017

Ultimate Churchill

Land Based Adventures Small Group

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Top notch. Our guide Eleanor was as knowledgeable as any I have ever had. The rover driver was funny and assured we had best viewing; bus drivers were always on top of things; food was great; can’t think of any negative.The helicopter ride was a highlight, although the bears looking up from the tire was pretty darn special. All questions always answered promptly; travel info sent in timely manner. This is the second trip I have planned through ExpeditionTrips and will use them again.

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Debra P.

Houston, TX
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The tours given in the Zodiacs were absolutely amazing; seeing the turquoise blue of the icebergs, walking on glaciers and viewing Antarctic wildlife up close was stellar! Money well spent for memories that will last a lifetime!

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Yael N.

Rakefet, Israel
Nov 2017

South Georgia – In Depth – Air-Cruise

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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The most memorable part of the expedition was the opportunity to experience wildlife up close. Walking around amongst the penguins (all types) and sea lions and watching their natural behavior. Happy to have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Shackleton.

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Chris L.

San Francisco, CA
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The wildlife was amazing and everyday was a new majestic frontier.

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Candy C.

Dallas, TX
Nov 2017

Patagonia Expedition

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Soleal

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Most Memorable – Hiking in Patagonia during the spring with all the wild flowers in bloom. Also, landing on Cape Horn and standing at the very end of the South American point looking out to sea. Cruise staff were wonderful. ExpeditionTrips gave me recommendations on taxi service to set up for my arrival into Santiago. Also reached out to cruise company when I found out my flight was delayed.

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Julie S.

Fishers, IN
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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We had a fantastic time—the whole thing exceeded my expectations immeasurably! Hard to find the exact words to describe, but safe to say the whole experience was awesome—including all of the help and support that you provided in the planning and preparation phases. The shipping company excelled at their part—the ship, the crew, and of course the Expedition Team. I’d like to think that the 4 of us made an impression on them also!!

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Linda K.

Arlington, Virginia
Nov 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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Absolutely fabulous. Jennifer was just terrific in every way. She really did help us pick the best company for what we were looking for. She was endlessly patient and always highly informative. She is a treasure - you are lucky to have her.

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Ishaan S.

Orlando, FL
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Research Ship Ortelius

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The most memorable part of the trip was the completely out of this world landscape that we went through. It was likely due to the fact that the trip was in early November, likely one of the first trips of the season.

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Bill S.

Duluth, MN
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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The most memorable part of this expedition was the grandeur of nature in Antarctica...from the glaciers, wildlife, mountains, ocean. Raw, raw beauty, untouched!

The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered was excellent. Very knowledgeable and attentive and safety oriented.

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Caecelia S.

Burnaby, Canada
Nov 2017

South Georgia and Falklands

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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The most memorable part of this expedition was the wildlife, especially the Falkland Islands. The safety level especially around the Zodiacs is excellent. The level of service is excellent. The best services that I have received from my cruising and expedition experiences. The food is insanely good. Chris is very good and accommodating.

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Eric S.

Oxnard, CA
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The most memorable parts of this expedition:

1) The first sight of icebergs
2) Penguins rafting alongside our Zodiac
3) Camping and listening to Antarctic Thunder
4) The polar plunge, that was cold!

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Jaye B.

San Antonio, TX
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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My most memorable moment was how awe-inspiringly beautiful Antarctica was. Seeing those awesome glacial landscapes, penguin colonies, pods of whales and all the other wildlife. There was a great itinerary with two Zodiac and land excursions per day. There were also onboard activities for when we were sailing to the next location. The food was delicious and I got to meet a lot of great people of all ages from all over the world. This was truly a great adventure!!

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Matthew G.

Mundelein, IL
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The unique experiences are what usually stand out to me like the polar plunge and camping, but everything else in-between was amazing as well. We saw all kinds of wildlife and even just taking in the views and quiet solidarity of Antarctica is something I will always remember.

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Marti T.

Asheville, NC
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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It was magical, a once in a lifetime trip. It is hard to say what was the best because it all was amazing. The wildlife, the views, the education, the Zodiac trips were unbelievable. The service was incredible, the food was delicious and so varied. It was like 4 stars all the way. The cabin staff was amazing. The naturalists were so knowledgeable and really took time to explain everything and answer all of our questions. They were entertaining and gracious. Jennifer Santoyo made this magical trip possible for me. From our first contact she made my experience smooth and flawless. Her enthusiasm was contagious and her expertise made this trip so easy. I’ll never forget how much she helped me with all the details. Bravo Jennifer!

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Laura M.

Fullerton, CA
Nov 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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I could watch penguins forever. We also got to see a glacier calve into Neko Harbour. The whole trip was pretty amazing. The level of service beats any five-star place we've been to. We've never seen such an amazing crew and staff before.

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Ken W.

Schliersee, Germany
Nov 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Amazing overall - wildlife, landscape and excellent expedition team. South Georgia is indeed the "Serengeti" of the Southern Ocean - penguins, birds, seals - in the thousands; plus the history of Shackleton. Naturalists, as usual, were very knowledgeable and approachable. NG Explorer staff/crew were very friendly and competent. Highlights: kayaking, polar plunge and x-country skiing—all in a single day!!!

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Molly K.

Portland, OR
Nov 2017

Bali, Borneo and the Orangutans of Camp Leakey

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Discoverer

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The experience with the orangutans was definitely the highlight. But the arrangements in Bali and Singapore were perfect! We had knowledgeable, fun guides and great accomodations in both places. Alison at ET made everything we wanted to do possible. Everything went so smoothly! We particularly enjoyed our dinner with our guide, Komang, in Bali!

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Alison E.

Ardmore, PA
Nov 2017

Churchill – Classic Polar Bear Expedition

I saw polar bears! Up close and personal!!!! With airplane cancellations ET reconfigured my trip so I did not miss a day - excellent.

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Alison E.

Ardmore, PA
Nov 2017

Churchill – Classic Polar Bear Expedition

Small Group

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I saw polar bears! Up close and personal!!!! With airplane cancellations ET reconfigured my trip so I did not miss a day - excellent.

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Kelsey T.

Los Angeles, CA
Nov 2017

Galagagos Classic

Motor Yacht Origin / Theory

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Expedition Trips made the booking process smooth and quick, all of our questions were answered thoroughly, detailed to-do lists and itineraries were sent to us, and we were regularly updated as our trip date got closer. The trip was absolutely amazing! From snorkeling with penguins, sea lions, giant sea turtles, and marine iguanas to exploring the islands and their incredible wildlife via hiking, kayaking, and taking panga rides, this was a one-in-a-lifetime trip! The Origin is a "high luxury" yacht and, while not inexpensive, worth every penny. The Origin accommodates 20 passengers and about a dozen crew members, including 2 naturalist guides (although we were lucky to have 3 on our ship). The cabins are large (with an impressive amount of storage space for those of us that can't seem to "pack light"), modern, and serviced multiple times a day. Every dinner is a delicious three or four course meal, and breakfasts and lunches are just as scrumptious. Alcohol is included in the price and, through no coincidence, new friends were made around the dinner table. While the naturalists are experts on all things Galapagos as would be expected, they also have great personalities and made the hikes and other activities very enjoyable.

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Stuart W.

Southlake, TX
Nov 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Of course the wildlife and nature was truly amazing. But also the organization of everything was so efficient and ran so smoothly. Each of the naturalists were so very knowledgeable of the history of the Galapagos and of all the observable wildlife—birds, animals, sea life, mammals, plant life—and each were so enthusiastic and personable.

We were unsure of the difficulty that the hikes were going to be and Chris at ET assured us (after giving him our ages), that we would have no problems - and we did not and found the daily trips via Zodiac very enjoyable.

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Roy V.

Ontario, Canada
Nov 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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Two things stand out: the remarkable smoothness and timing of the expedition crew in moving people to the right places, and the unbelievable lack of fear of any animal—land, sea, or air—in the archipelago. All the expedition staff were very knowledgeable and very friendly. All went beyond the call of duty in explaining the flora and fauna and in making sure guests were happy.

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Leslie C.

Los Angeles, CA
Nov 2017

Galagagos Classic

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Galapagos

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The ship is outstanding and perfec. The staff were over the top excellent.

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Joan P.

Toronto, ON
Nov 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Orion

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Falklands: Interesting history, experience of a farm, and hiking opportunities
South Georgia: Vast number of penguins and seals and the ability to get very close to them to observe their behavior
Antarctica: Beauty

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Paul D.

Vancouver, WA
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp

Research Ship Ortelius

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Thousands of penguins! Ice everywhere, we had a lot of wind and snow, I believe it was a real Antarctica experience. When clouds did break intermittently the sky was very blue and the ice and snow bright.

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Francis G.

Quebec, Canada
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Sea Spirit

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The kayaking option has been the best part of the trip. Being close to the water, having the penguins swim right below and around us was truly mesmerizing. Also, by going kayaking first, this meant we were going last on shore for the landings. This might seem counterintuitive but this was great as this allowed us to be there after the crowds and enjoy more quiet landings.

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David C.

Houston, TX
Nov 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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If you like wildlife, the largest and second largest king penguin colonies in the world on South Georgia are an unparalleled sight to behold.

If you like the history of the golden age of exploration, a pilgrimage to Shackleton's final resting place in Grytviken is a must and, weather permitting, you may follow his footsteps along the final leg of his epic journey across South Georgia with a hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.

If you like being active in the outdoors, it's an unforgettable experience to kayak through sea ice, among icebergs (at a safe distance, of course), and have tranquil, sea-level viewing encounters with penguins as the porpoise by you.

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Dave B.

Kelowna, BC
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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There were so many aspects of the expedition that were memorable, but I guess a few that really stand out are, the raw awe-inspiring beauty of the Antarctic, the incredible blue of the ice, how fun and comical the penguins can be, and last but certainly not least, all the great people I met, and all the new friends I made.

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Jennifer-Ruth G.

Crown Point, IN
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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The most memorable part of the expedition was finding fellow wanderlusts and hearing of other adventures. The level of service was great. The staff and naturalists were knowlegable and personable. They sought to get to know us. Jackets were a nice touch.

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Laurene L.

Greenfield, IN
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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My experience planning my trip with ExpeditionTrips was very good. I would definitely plan future trips with ExpeditionTrips or introduce ET to friends, associates, and relatives.

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Grace K.

Coburg, OR
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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The overnight camp out on the Peninsula of Antarctica was outstanding. Having the option of sleeping with or without a tent was great. I chose without a tent. Also, being a participant in the Citizen Science Program on board was enlightening of what data scientists use and being a part of the information collection was rewarding.

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Michelle A.

New York, NY
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The most memorable parts of this expedition were:
- spectacular mother nature
- incredible expedition staff
- impressive food offerings
- comfortable accommodations

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Preston G.

Ormond Beach, FL
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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It was a great trip. The incredible expansive land and seascapes were most memorable, as were the Zodiac landings. I received helpful and timely responses to questions and inquiries; quick and useful response when contacted.

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Victoria C.

Nevada City, CA
Nov 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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Loved walking among the penguins and seals. The guides had fantastic information, very educational. Expeditiontrips made all the arrangements stress free .

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Tom Y.

Boalsburg, PA
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Expedition Ship Hebridean Sky (2017/2018)

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Most memorable: The unmatched, stark beauty of Antarctica including the mountains and glaciers. It all just seemed to overwhelm at times... can't forget the penguins, whales, and seals either! Nor will I ever forget the daily Zodiac rides to get to each landing site and the numerous hikes I took. Unbelievable. The level of service from the friendly and courteous staff and crew was outstanding -- from the captain to the young lady who cleaned the cabin on a daily basis. I would rate them five stars out of five.

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Preston G.

Ormond Beach, FL
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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It was a great trip. The incredible, expansive landscapes and seascapes were most memorable, as were the zodiac landings. ExpeditionTrips provided helpful and timely responses to questions and inquiries.

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Anne D.

Houston, TX
Nov 2017

Antarctic Peninsula – Discovering the 7th Continent

Expedition Ship Ocean Adventurer

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The most memorable parts of my trip were the sense of being in such an untouched wilderness and the awe-inspiring landscapes. The staff and naturalist guides were excellent -- highly professional, informative and helpful. Top-rated.

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Chelle C.

Livermore, CA
Nov 2017

Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavour

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The most memorable part of the trip was all of it! It had geography, history, biology, and the most incredible people to listen to and discuss what we saw with. The Falklands were beautiful and a good introduction to penguins. South Georgia was AMAZING! We saw everything there and more. We even got in some great walking! Antarctica had penguins, seals, whales, birds... it was overwhelming! I was walked on Antarctica on my birthday! The South Shetlands had more beauty. I did the POLAR PLUNGE!

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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 a 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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Ann C.

Santa Fe, NM
Oct 2017

South Georgia and the Falklands

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Most Memorable – Our many Zodiac excursions to walk on the beach among the wildlife and opportunity to hike up the hillsides several times. Service was spectacular from all quarters: cabin attendance, food service/waiters, and naturalists.

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James L.

Milwaukee, WI
Oct 2017

Churchill – Classic Polar Bear Expedition

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. Top notch service from knowledgeable and friendly people throughout the trip.

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Frank B.

Ontario, Canada
Oct 2017

Galapagos Classic – Endeavour II

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour II

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We really enjoyed snorkeling and getting close to the sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguin in the water! It was almost magical to have the animals not be afraid of having you be so close to them. The naturalists know and love their subject. I learned a lot! They keep you really busy.

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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 Serengeti 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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Robert M.

Santa Fe, NM
Oct 2017

South Georgia and the Falklands

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The trip was stupendous in every respect. We had some rough seas between Falklands and Georgia, but tolerable. We had excellent weather at South Georgia and never had to forego a Zodiac landing. The wildlife was, of course, sensational, and that is what I would share with any potential travelers. The staff and naturalist guides were consistently excellent and accommodating to our needs and requests.

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John H.

Bolingbrook, IL
Oct 2017

Greatest Amazon Experience

River Boat Amazon Star

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Great crew and service. Very friendly and informative naturalists.

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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

Research 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 (2018)

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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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Robert O.

Kent, WA
Mar 2017

Antarctic Peninsula

Research 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

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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

Research 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

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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 (2017/2018)

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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 (2017/2018)

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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

Research 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

Research 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

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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

Research 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Research 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

Research 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

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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

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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

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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

Research 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

Research 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

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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

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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

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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 (2017/2018)

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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 (2017/2018)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 (2017/2018)

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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 (2017/2018)

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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 (2017/2018)

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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 (2017/2018)

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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

Research 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 (2017/2018)

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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

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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

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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 (2017/2018)

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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

Research 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 (2017/2018)

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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

Research 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.