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The Sergy Vavilov ship was excellent - the bar / social area on deck 6 has 3 sides of really big windows, open access to the deck and stairs up to deck 7 as well nearby. It is kept warm, the seats are very comfortable, there is free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and home made biscuits readily available!
Food throughout the whole trip was superb - lots to choose from at breakfast and 3 - 4 courses at lunch and supper including freshly made bread and soup (providing it did not get spilt in the rough seas). There were 2-3 choices for a main plus a pudding as well
Plenty of hot water readily available for showers with containers of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel all provided along with towels and dressing gowns.
Despite taking anti-sea sick tablets etc at times I did not feel particularily well - the staff made a point on checking cabins to make sure people were OK etc or if they needed any thing. The days at sea are filled as a number of talks are given in the presentation room (deck 1) or in the bar (deck 6). Unfortunately due to not feeling 100% I did not go to many of the talks as they were in the most rocky / unstable part of the boat - we had particularily rough days with force 10 gales and 60' waves!
Open access to the Bridge and watching the Captain and the Officers work was really interesting, especially watching them turn the boat in tight circles just so we could all watch whales for longer!
The satellite phone worked well and not expensive - US$30 for 60 minutes of talking when ever you wanted to.
Don't spend the whole time behind your camera - sit and enjoy watching the penguins etc. They are great characters. Take a few videos as unfortunately no photos are going to do the areas justice and the shear scale of numbers and sizes of things.
Be prepared for all weather conditions - 4 seasons in one day and don't be disappointed if you can not get landings. We had very rough seas but we got 2 out of 3 for the Falklands, 4 out of 6 for South Georgia and 9 on the Peninsular. If you don't get off the boat it is for a good reason and safety comes first as the ship needs to drop anchor and we have to walk down a metal staircase on to the zodiac boats and this can not be done if there is a big swell in the sea. Thankfully the Drakes Passage and Cape Horn were virtually flat calm (which I was very relieved about)
Have fun and just take it all in..............