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Fram Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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First Class Antarctic Voyage

Fram Cruise Review by RDBD

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: Antarctica

Booked on our own flights to and from UK and three days prior to and after the cruise package in Buenos Aries. Time to explore a city we had not visited previously. The cruise package started and finished with charter flights between Buenos Aries and Ushuaia.

Booked extras via Hurtigruten - Buenos Aries City tour before and Tango Show/meal and trip to Tigre after the cruise. All were excellent tours, if not a little on the pricey side.

At Ushuaia, we did the Hurtigruten tours in Tierra del Fuego - the National Park and the hike/ trip to Garibaldi Pass. excellent tours again if not a little pricey.

All arrangements went smoothly and were well co-ordinated.

The whole package is highly recommended. Given the nature of the region visited, the plan/s had to be changeable but there was always a landing or a small boat cruise and the Expedition team were always striving hard to provide alternatives. Just being at some of the locations we visited was a privilege and a joy. It couldn't be measured in time spent ashore as the experience was a big part of the reward for taking the trip.

There was a rightly proper emphasis on bio-security - thorough cleaning of provided welly boots and jackets prior to landings to prevent/reduce biological cross-contamination.

The other bio-hazard: that of eating at buffets wasn't perhaps so well addressed. It was mentioned twice during the cruise at briefings. Hand hygiene: soap/water and hand-gels were provided but their use not policed thus there were often passengers entering the dining area without using any of these facilities.

Buffets also have the potential for cross-contamination not only of bacteria or viruses but also allergens and food intolerance agents. Often there were not enough tongs or spoons or spoons too short for food containers. Spoons fell in to be retrieved by passenger fingers. To be fair, even where there were enough implements, I observed all to frequently, passengers just helping themselves to communal food containers using their fingers.

These have been addressed to the company and shouldn't mar an otherwise very well organized expedition cruise which had taken account of health and safety in so many ways. The cruise had plenty of lectures and activities to suit all tastes.

I would certainly go again and recommend the Fram as an excellent vessel (with a capacity of about 200 passengers)

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Cabin Review

Were upgraded from a standard suite before we boarded. No-one told us so I assumed that we had been given the wrong room for a few hours! It was a corner suite which meant that although the balcony looked to the stern, there was also a window on the starboard side with a total view angle of around 250 degrees.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Drive to Garibaldi Pass and hike in the woods on the way out. Hiking was never long enough at about an hour but managed to see a wide cross section of fauna and flora.

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Tierra del Fuego National Park

All too short but a good introduction to the wonders and scope of the National Park

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