We selected the Abercrombie and Kent-Ponant cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands for its relatively small size - 170 passengers - and the reputation of the expeditionary staff.
The expeditions were excellent and the lectures were quite good with the exception of some inappropriate, disparaging remarks about our president and an Al Gore-glorifying, climate change zealot of a geologist who brooked no dissent and skepticism despite the legions of scientists who believe otherwise.
The food was plentiful but uninteresting and repetitive with thin soups, little chicken, lots of pork and unappealing cream-filled desserts.
Announcements were typically helpful but during a time of rough seas - 28 hours at 11 Beaufort - little was heard from the crew about conditions and anticipated changes. Mostly, our voyage was quite calm and comfortable and our Drake passage was smooth.
What was most surprising for a high-end cruise at this price point (we paid $80,000 for two), was the A & K chartered flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia! Everyone flew round trip coach in a cramped, crowded LATAM jet with abysmal food and no service. There were no other options for either three-hour trip!
Also, quite audaciously despite the high prices, passengers were solicited to contribute to an employee emergency fund when A & K should manage this easily from profits.
P.S. We were in a suite on the 6th berth in the middle of the ship but I don’t recall the suite number.
The cabin was commodious and well-designed for comfort and convenience with an adequate bedroom and a good-sized living room. The bathroom layout was excellent and the room well-appointed.