Home' Get Up and Go : Winter 2013 Contents life via daily talks by onboard polar
Wildlife sightings are announced
over the PA system, eager passengers
sprinting from one side of the ship to
the other for a closer look. Countless
humpbacks glide and fluke in the
icy waters, and we spy orcas and
the odd minky whale too. Elephant,
Weddel and crabeater seals float by
on small icebergs, adelie and chinstrap
penguins constantly dive around us
while albatross swoop and curious
petrels fly overhead.
It’s easy to slip into shipboard
life with leisurely breakfasts, the
occasional shore excursion, then
relaxing with a good book on a sun
lounge, casual poolside lunches, a
couple of cocktails for Happy Hour
before changing for a la carte dinner
(five nights on the cruise are formal,
the others smart casual), finishing each
day with a live show in the plush two-
tiered Showroom at Sea.
We learn that three-quarters of our
fellow passengers are repeat HAL
cruisers and belong to the Mariners
Club which offers cruise benefits and
onboard credits. While figures show
the average HAL passenger is 57
years of age, there are several multi-
generational families onboard, a
smattering of honeymooners and even
one lady who turned 94 during the trip.
Confirmed cruisers know all the lurks:
making dinner reservations at the two
specialist restaurants on embarkation
day, pre-booking laundry and drinks
packages and spa treatments – some
even delaying booking the cruise itself
to take advantage of substantial last-
By the time we disembark in Buenos
Aires, I’ve read three fabulous books,
had more than my share of indulgent
sleep-ins, hopped into countless eggs
Benedict, been serenaded or entertained
each night by top performers and
joined a special league of travellers
perhaps not even 100,000 world-
wide who have enjoyed the beauty of
the Antarctic wilderness. It’s the most
relaxed real holiday I’ve had in years.
The writer was a guest of Holland
America Line and was assisted by
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