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The Great White Continent

An expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula aboard the MS Bremen

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Even today after many decades of exploration, Antarctica still remains a world apart, a majestic last frontier surpassing even the most jaded of travellers’ expectations. Join us aboard the MS Bremen and follow in the footsteps of researchers, pioneers, adventurers and discoverers on this expedition cruise to the sixth continent. It is hard to put into words the sheer grandeur of an Antarctic landscape. This most southern of continents, this desert of ice, is so unique and uncommon to man’s experience, that even the most dramatic of photographs pale into insignificance when one is confronted by the sheer magnitude, beauty and wonder of an Antarctic landscape. Enormous icebergs rise from the sea, hillsides are covered with thousands of penguins and seals bask on icebergs dotted in the ocean; the sights, sounds and emotions will stay with you forever.

For most travellers the Antarctic experience is a once in a lifetime visit, it is therefore important that the trip should be as rewarding as possible and the MS Bremen is the perfect vessel both in terms of the educational experience on board and the number of opportunities to go ashore. Antarctica is to be experienced, not just to be seen, and we believe the only way to do this is on board a small ship. To enjoy the wonders of this icy paradise in the company of a small and enthusiastic party is the perfect way to achieve the most from a visit to this extraordinary place.

Our expedition aboard the MS Bremen features magnificent South Georgia where you will experience one of the world’s natural wonders, the ‘Alps in mid-ocean’, offering remarkable concentrations of wildlife against a backdrop of glaciers and snow-covered mountains. Hugging the coast to the wildest reaches of the island we land on beaches alive with rampaging fur seals, somnolent elephant seals and truly astonishing numbers of King penguins. We have three days of exploration in this unique animal paradise and using the Zodiacs you will land each day allowing you the optimum time ashore to experience this rich animal kingdom. We also spend time on the Falkland Islands, a truly enchanting place with a unique character and staggering wildlife. This is the last sanctuary of the elegant albatross which soars gracefully against the blue sky, with colonies of elephant seals basking at the foot of vertiginous cliffs. In between our landings and while at sea, you can pass the time on deck looking for wildlife, attend the series of lectures by members of the expedition team and simply relax on board enjoying the facilities.

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  • What to Expect

    King penguins

    What does a typical day involve during an Antarctic cruise? Below are extracts from the ship log of a recent expedition to Antarctica:

    8 January, South Georgia: After an early dinner, we landed at Gold Harbour. While we might not have found any of the pyrite from which the harbour derives its name, we were rewarded with the rich and warm colours of the late day sunshine, the diverse avifauna (including King, gentoo, and chinstrap penguins), and the alternating sedentary and violent performances of the South Atlantic elephant seals. It was almost as though we were watching some nature special on BBC television, except this was even better, live, in front of us. It was difficult to believe these behemoths, enormous already, were but mere 3-4-year-old males; full grown bulls will be twice as big and weigh in at four tons. This landing was like visual candy: there were so many good things at which to look that it was almost difficult to make a decision. The stark landscape was stunning, a perfect backdrop to our warm, beach experience. The penguins did what penguins do: standing there, preening, begging, following, approaching, retreating, and vocalising. The King penguin’s ability to tilt its head back and let out a multi-toned harmony was spine-tingling. The gentle gentoo penguin, lumped with several others in the “jackass” penguin family, was mostly mute, but when it did cry out, you instantly understood the donkey reference. The sense of being in such a wild place where we are clearly only visitors was euphoric.

    11 January, At sea: We managed an astounding five species of whales today! Fin whales were the numbers champion. We learned their tall spout, low profile, and curved dorsal fin set well back on its body. Not many more than eight humpback whales made an appearance, with at least five breaching off in the foggy distance. Killer whales made a good showing with at least six. Two long finned pilot whales were a treat for at least a few lucky viewers. A rare and elusive southern bottlenose whale stole the show; almost quite literally, then it made a cameo appearance during the cocktail reception. Not to be outdone by the whales, thousands of Cape petrels followed our wake, often floating on unseen air currents just out of reach.

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Bremen

Bremen

We are delighted to be working with our German associates, Hapag Lloyd Cruises and the four-star plus vessel the MS Bremen, an expedition ship of a special kind. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 155 passengers along with a qualified expedition team of naturalists who travel ashore with you and also provide informative talks onboard in the comfort of the well designed panoramic lounge. In addition the crew of 100 offer exquisite onboard service. The MS Bremen is small, extremely manoeuvrable and has a shallow draught which allows the vessel to explore regions which bigger ships simply cannot access.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Fly by scheduled flight.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires.

Arrive this morning and transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day and evening is free for independent exploration or alternatively join a city tour with our local guide.

Day 3 - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for our specially chartered flight to Ushuaia. On arrival transfer to the MS Bremen and sail this evening.

Day 4 - At Sea.

As we sail south, keep watch for the albatrosses, prions and petrels that frequently follow the ship. The expedition team will be out on deck looking for the whales and dolphins which may also be seen in the area. The onboard presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean will begin today and helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.

Days 5 & 6 - Falkland Islands.

Our time in the Falklands will be flexible. The Captain and Expedition Leader will explore the best options to drop anchor in order to use the Zodiacs and discover these fascinating islands. The abundant birdlife becomes apparent as soon as the Zodiac takes you to the coastline. With more than 60 different species including rock-hopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and albatrosses, the island is a paradise for ornithologists. During natural history walks along the coast, your expert guides will provide fascinating information about the head-high tussock grass and the Victorian houses in Stanley.

Days 7 & 8 - At Sea.

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring briefings on the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Days 9 to 11 - South Georgia.

Days of breathtaking expedition experiences lie ahead when glaciated mountain summits and deep fjords on the horizon signal your approach to this unique animal paradise. The Zodiacs are used several times a day to let us experience some very special wildlife sightings. We will learn with the onboard experts in front of a gigantic colony of King penguins. The island is home to almost 200,000 animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coastline, including Salisbury Plain, which is covered by birds begging for food, or Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals sleep through your visit. The biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompanying you will intensify your unique natural experiences with surprising details about the wildlife. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the bravery and adventure of times gone by. Making a heroic effort, he once saved his team after the ship was forced to spend winter in the pack ice. It is an example of the lifelines of the polar explorers you will cross on every expedition.

Day 12 - At Sea.

Heading further south, the informative presentations will continue as will our chance to spot wildlife from the deck.

Days 13 to 19 - South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula.

We have seven days to explore the area. In the glaciated South Orkney Islands we will gain an insight into the everyday lives of polar researchers when, weather permitting, we will be taken in the Zodiacs to visit the Argentinian Orcadas research station (subject to authorisation). Enjoy the pure fascination of the drifting icebergs which, with a bit of luck, we will see off Signy Island. The bizarre blocks that have broken off the shelf ice and their huge archways shimmer a mystical shade of blue in the icy polar light. Unforgettable moments are guaranteed when crossing the Antarctic Sound and the water is suddenly parted by the fluke of a majestic whale. You will feel how impressive complete silence can be in the Weddell Sea which is home to breathtaking icebergs, some of which are as tall as a house and covered by Adelie penguins, and dense pack ice. The ice crunches and cracks around the ship’s reinforced bow. In 1903, the Nordenskjöld expedition was forced to wait ten months to be rescued on the volcanic Paulet Island. Today, the island is home to countless penguins and, like Devil Island, makes for a very lively spectacle. On South Shetland Islands we will see towering basalt rocks, bizarre volcanic rock, black volcanic beaches and fossils up to 150 million years old. The archaic beauty of the Antarctic’s largest island group is also a history book of geology – and Antarctic exploration. After being forced to abandon their ship in the ice, Shackleton’s men spent the winter on the rocky Elephant Island. In good weather, we can set out to reach destinations such as Half Moon Island. Walk across vast fields of snow and enjoy beautiful views of the rugged neighbouring Livingston Island, the home of majestic elephant seals. Your impressions will be just as unforgettable when we call at Deception Island. Thanks to its shallow draught, the MS Bremen can sail directly into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano. Flanked by rock faces up to 50 metres in height, the black sand in front of you gives off steam as a testament to a past eruption. When we reach the Antarctic Peninsula the weather and ice will dictate the route. Enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, we first set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The imposing glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, generate a sublime soundscape. Gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see on Cuverville Island, surrounded by drifting icebergs. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 metres high line the strait of water and seem to be almost within reach and the Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking.

Days 20 & 21 - Drake Passage.

The lecture programme continues and we can keep an eye out for wildlife as we return to the Argentinian mainland.

Day 22 - Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our specially chartered flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 23 - Buenos Aires to London.

After a free morning to explore or relax in the hotel we transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Day 24 - London.

Arrive today.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £1000 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
20 January 2019 to 12 February 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category 1 Twin cabin with porthole £14495 £13495
Category 2 Twin cabin with panorama window £15495 £14495
Category 3 Twin cabin with panorama window £16495 £15495
Category 4 Twin cabin with panorama window £17495 £16495
Category 5 Twin cabin with panorama window £18495 £17495
Category 6 Twin cabin with balcony £19995 £18995
Category 7 Suite with balcony £22495 £21495
Category 5 For sole use £23995 £22995

Tour Reference Code: SCBR200119

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel between London and Buenos Aires, specially chartered flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, two nights hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast, city tour in Buenos Aires, 19 nights aboard the MS Bremen on a full board basis, mini-bar with soft drinks in your cabin restocked each day, Zodiac excursions, expedition team including onboard lectures, transfers, landing fees, gratuities, port taxes, airport taxes, loan of waterproof boots and parka during cruise.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

NB. Ports and itinerary subject to change. Flexibility is crucial to an expedition cruise and changes to the itinerary will be made based on weather and ice conditions or wildlife sightings.

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Bremen

We are delighted to be working with our German associates, Hapag Lloyd Cruises and the four-star plus vessel the MS Bremen, an expedition ship of a special kind. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 155 passengers along with a qualified expedition team of naturalists who travel ashore with you and also provide informative talks onboard in the comfort of the well designed panoramic lounge. In addition the crew of 100 offer exquisite onboard service. The MS Bremen is small, extremely manoeuvrable and has a shallow draught which allows the vessel to explore regions which bigger ships simply cannot access.

 
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    MS Bremen
  • Suite
  • Cat 6 Cabin
  • Cat 6 - Twin Cabin
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Library
  • Zodiacs in Kamchatka
  • Viewing Deck
  • MS Bremen - Seafood Buffet on deck
  • Your Cabin/Suite

    The MS Bremen’s cabins offer 18 square metres of floor space and the spacious suites measure 24 square metres. Cabins on Deck3 feature portholes and all other cabins have a panoramic window. The cabins and suites on Decks 6 and 7 have balconies. All of the cabins and suites feature individual climate control and are furnished with a seating area and table, a dressing table with hairdryer, wardrobe, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, DVD player, radio and leading lamp. Non-alcoholic beverages are free of charge from the mini bar and these are refilled daily. All cabins have an en-suite bathroom with shower and the suites have a bathtub. Bathrobes are provided in every cabin/suite for your convenience. Depending on the satellite reception you will receive an excerpt from a newspaper every morning with the most important international news. Guests in suites are provided with a range of high-quality cosmetic items including bath salt, massage sponge and body lotion. In addition to the bowl of fruit served on a daily basis (also in the cabins on Deck 6), passengers staying in a suite receive a bottle of champagne and canapés on the day of embarkation.

  • Your Space

    Facilities onboard include a single seating restaurant, a club with bar, lounge with panoramic windows, well-stocked library, sundeck with heated seawater swimming pool, fitness room, sauna, hair salon and beauty parlour, a small hospital and a boutique. There are several computers with internet access and all cabins and public areas have Wi-Fi connection (extra charge for use). Guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever the local regulations allow by prior arrangement with the officer on duty. Bridge officers will be happy to provide you with information regarding the course, position of the ship and other nautical questions.

  • Your Dining

    Experience indulgence at the highest level. Highly trained chefs will surprise you every day with their skill and attention to detail. Diversity as well as classic delicacies will be available for every meal, whether you are enjoying a quick breakfast or a relaxed evening meal. When the weather is good, you are very welcome to have breakfast on the Lido deck and at lunchtime there is always the choice between a buffet and a la carte menu.

  • Life Onboard

    After incredible, breathtaking experiences ashore and by Zodiac, you will be welcomed back to a comfortable and well run ship. Life onboard is about comfort and quality service. There is no dress code and the atmosphere is always personal. On all Zodiac excursions, you will be accompanied by experienced experts who will add much to your exploration. These onboard experts are worldly-wise, highly qualified, captivating, entertaining and passionate about their area of expertise. They have extensive knowledge coupled with vast experience. You will be able to take advantage of their individual specialism during exciting lectures onboard, rides and landings with the Zodiacs and, of course, in personal conversations.

  • For your comfort

    Whilst onboard, you are able to make use of wellington boots and parka jackets, meaning you do not need to travel with them. The vessel is equipped with stabilizers and is a registered Ice Class E4, and thus the MS Bremen can sail where other ships would have to turn back. The crew of 100 will ensure your journey is comfortable and offer the highest quality of service. There is a hospital onboard and a helicopter deck in case of any medical emergencies. A lift services all decks.

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Bremen for your upcoming voyage. The 155 passenger vessel is large enough to provide stability and speed and yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas, making her an ideal vessel for expedition cruising. The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft and the Captain, Officers, expedition team and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and expertise. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable ship. In addition, the expedition team, with their in-depth knowledge and experience, be it marine biology, history or ornithology, are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The MS Bremen is air-conditioned. You can regulate the temperature in your cabin individually.

    BATHROBE

    All guests will find a bathrobe provided for them in their cabin.

    BOUTIQUE

    The mini boutique in front of the restaurant on Deck 4 offers a small selection of gifts and accessories. Some cosmetics and products for daily use can be purchased at the beauty parlour.

    BRIDGE

    In view of its crucial importance as a control centre for all nautical and technical operations, the bridge is an extremely sensitive zone. This is why international safety regulations prohibit it being open to the general public. However, guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever nautical interests or the local regulations of the current coastal countries allow for it. Guests on board may view the bridge by prior arrangement with the officer on duty. The bridge officers will be happy to give you some informa¬tion regarding the itinerary, the course, the position of the ship and other nautical questions.

    CABIN SERVICE

    On embarkation you will be welcomed with a small bottle of champagne. On Deck 6 and 7 you will also receive a fruit bowl which will be replenished every day. The mini bar in every cabin will also be restocked with soft drinks every day free of charge. Continental breakfast and a selection of dishes can be ordered from the cabin service staff (from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs). In the suites, a selection of top quality cosmetic products is provided.

    CLOTHING

    During the day, the atmosphere on board is casual. For the evening, we would recommend a smart-casual wardrobe. Just for the two Captain’s Dinners (Welcome and Farewell Evening), we would recommend that the gentlemen wear a suit or combination, the ladies a dress suit or trouser suit. For excursions, clothing should be comfortable and practical, as well as adapted to the route that is to be travelled. Solid shoes are recommended; flat shoes are indispensable both on board and on shore. We recommend that you bring waterproof trousers or over trousers with you, especially for expeditions in the polar waters. You are advised to carry your photographic equipment in a waterproof carrier bag.

    DECK CHAIRS

    You will find a plentiful supply of deck chairs on board, as well as sun loungers, towels and blankets.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS/FOOD ALLERGIES

    Dietary requests can be catered for (on request). Please provide any such requests in writing to Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests to the ship’s Hotel Manager upon your embarkation.

    ELECTRICAL CONNECTION

    In your cabin, you will find outlets for 220 V (60 Hz) alternating current (voltage transformers for 110-V devices are available on board). The outlet in the bathroom is only suitable for shaving equipment. In general we would recommend that you bring with you a travel adaptor for different outlets. For safety reasons, the use of electric kettles, hair straighteners and irons in the cabins is not permitted.

    E-MAIL

    E-mails can be sent and received (up to 1 MB) free of charge. Passengers can send and receive e-mails free of charge via the onboard “guest portal”. Four public PCs are provided for this purpose in the Internet and e-mail centre. Please be aware that in extreme climatic zones (such as the Northwest Passage, the Arctic and Antarctica) satellite connections may be unavailable, so that the dispatch and reception of e-mails may not be possible for days at a time.

    EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

    If the cruising area and any time spent ashore call for it, you can borrow a pair of rubber boots on board (sizes 1-15). On expeditions to extreme regions such as the Arctic and Antarctica, a warm parka (sizes XS – XXXL) is at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Beyond this, the ship offers fishing rods and Nordic walking poles which you can take out on loan in the relevant regions. Microscopes are also available (may only be used when the sea is calm).

    EXPERTS/LECTURES

    Expeditions are accompanied by renowned experts who will be glad to answer your questions about the cruise area. With enthralling lectures, images and presentations, during discussions and also in personal conversations, they will impart their in-depth back-ground knowledge concerning your cruise destination. You will also be accompanied by our experts during the Zodiac landings, as well as on hikes and walks. The lectures are held in the Panorama Lounge.

    FILM PROGRAMME

    There is a DVD player in every cabin and you can rent DVDs free of charge at our library for your individual enjoyment.

    FITNESS/SAUNA

    The MS Bremen has a fitness room, a sauna and a heated outdoor sea-water swimming pool.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities to crew are included in the cost of your holiday.

    HAIRDRESSER/BEAUTY PARLOUR

    The beauty parlour, which is a combination of a hair¬dressing salon and a massage area, is located on Deck 7. It also offers cosmetics, manicures and pedicures and massage treatments.

    INTERNET/WI-FI

    The use of the Internet is possible (subject to charges). Four public PCs on Deck 4 allow you to surf the Internet. In all cabins and public areas, you have Wi-Fi access which you can use with your own or a rented laptop (limited number). The costs to use the Wi-Fi service and Internet will be charged to your onboard account. Due to satellite positioning, it is possible that the Internet will not be available on some days in extreme regions.

    ITINERARY CHANGES

    In spite of the most careful planning of the route, itinerary changes for technical reasons or on account of unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control are possible at all times. These include factors such as official authorisations, local weather conditions and the state of the ice. Any changes to the itinerary that may be necessary are made in the interests of safety. Weather and ice conditions may not only make it difficult or impossible to adhere to the planned itinerary, they may also rule out landings with the Zodiacs. In such cases the ship’s management will endeavour at all times to offer you the best possible alternative.

    LAUNDRY AND IRONING SERVICE

    The MS Bremen has a laundry and ironing service.

    LIBRARY

    The library offers current novels, travel literature and (music) DVDs.

    LIFT

    The different decks are connected by two lifts.

    MEANS OF PAYMENT

    All monetary transactions on board are handled by the reception. The onboard currency is the Euro. To ensure cashless transactions, an account will be set up for you which can be settled at reception at the end of your cruise. The following means of payment are accepted: MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Visa and traveller’s cheques. Please note that foreign currency cannot be exchanged on board.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    The MS Bremen has a ship’s hospital equipped with modern facilities which is under the direction of an experienced ship’s doctor. Guests who are being treated for any medical condition are kindly requested to report to the ship’s doctor immediately after embarkation. You should under all circumstances bring adequate quantities of any medicines you require on board in your hand luggage. The costs for any treatment or medication will be charged to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a separate invoice to submit to your health insurance provider.

    MINI BAR

    Soft drinks are offered free of charge in cabins/suites which are replenished on a daily basis. In the suites you can also enjoy a selection of spirits free of charge.

    NEWS/NEWSPAPER

    Depending on satellite reception, you will be given a newspaper every morning with the most important news from all over the world. You can also purchase a large selection of complete editions of international newspapers in digital printed form on request.

    PHOTOGRAPHER

    There is a professional photographer on board. It is possible to have digital images burned to a CD and/or printed on photo paper (subject to charge).

    POST

    At all ports where postal services are available, your postcards and letters will be posted by the reception staff. Postage charges will be billed to your onboard account.

    PROGRAMME OF THE DAY

    All important information about the daily schedule, as well as any general notifications and details of opening times, will be summarised in the programme of the day. The programme for the following day will be supplied to your cabin every evening.

    RESTAURANT/SEATING REQUESTS

    Dinner in the main restaurant is served in a single sitting for all guests. The maître will reserve a set table for you on board. Should you have any special requests in this respect, we will be happy to take note of them when you make your booking, although we cannot make any guarantees. Final seating plans will be provided on board. To make any special arrangements, please see the maître on the day of embarkation. No fixed places are reserved for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant is a non-smoking restaurant.

    SAFE/VALUABLES

    All cabins and suites are equipped with a private safe for storage of your valuables.

    SHORE ACTIVITIES

    Zodiac landings and related excursions are included in the cruise price. All shore activities are strictly dependent on the local conditions. The Captain has the final say in every decision concerning the progress of the cruise. The safety of the ship and the passengers will always be the highest priority. Please comply with any instructions given by the crew every time you go ashore.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins and suites, in the restaurant or in the Panorama Lounge. In the Club and on the Lido Deck there are designated areas for smokers, but smoking is not permitted in the Bremen Club during mealtimes and during events. In the interest of all guests, it is requested that you avoid smoking pipes, cigarillos and cigars in the public areas.

    STABILISERS

    The ship is equipped with a modern stabiliser system: retractable floats on both sides of the hull reduce the rolling movement of the ship in rough seas.

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS/MOBILE SERVICE

    The MS Bremen is equipped with a state-of-the-art satellite communications system. As long as a local satellite is available, you can place telephone calls to anywhere in the world directly from your cabin (due to satellite positioning, it is possible that the Internet, e-mail and telephone will not be available on some days in extreme regions. Please note that charges apply as soon as you dial a telephone number. The universal dialling code is 00870, followed by the number of the ship. MS Bremen: Phone 773233920 E-mail reception@ms-bremen.com The MS Bremen is equipped with a mobile phone network. This makes it possible for you to use your mobile phone or smartphone even at sea, in areas where as a rule your mobile phone service provider will be unable to supply a network (service subject to charge – prices vary depending on the service provider).

    TENDER AND ZODIAC SERVICE

    Landings will be arranged by using the motorised inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) exclusively, or in exceptional cases with local tender boats. The ship does not have its own tender boats.

    ZODIACS

    Much of the success enjoyed during expeditions is due to the proper handling and usage of Zodiac landing craft. These rubber boats, of which there are 12 on board, have a shallow draft and contain air-filled compartments. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac for travel to and from the ship. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew when boarding the Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What to Expect

What does a typical day involve during an Antarctic cruise? Below are extracts from the ship log of a recent expedition to Antarctica:

8 January, South Georgia: After an early dinner, we landed at Gold Harbour. While we might not have found any of the pyrite from which the harbour derives its name, we were rewarded with the rich and warm colours of the late day sunshine, the diverse avifauna (including King, gentoo, and chinstrap penguins), and the alternating sedentary and violent performances of the South Atlantic elephant seals. It was almost as though we were watching some nature special on BBC television, except this was even better, live, in front of us. It was difficult to believe these behemoths, enormous already, were but mere 3-4-year-old males; full grown bulls will be twice as big and weigh in at four tons. This landing was like visual candy: there were so many good things at which to look that it was almost difficult to make a decision. The stark landscape was stunning, a perfect backdrop to our warm, beach experience. The penguins did what penguins do: standing there, preening, begging, following, approaching, retreating, and vocalising. The King penguin’s ability to tilt its head back and let out a multi-toned harmony was spine-tingling. The gentle gentoo penguin, lumped with several others in the “jackass” penguin family, was mostly mute, but when it did cry out, you instantly understood the donkey reference. The sense of being in such a wild place where we are clearly only visitors was euphoric.

11 January, At sea: We managed an astounding five species of whales today! Fin whales were the numbers champion. We learned their tall spout, low profile, and curved dorsal fin set well back on its body. Not many more than eight humpback whales made an appearance, with at least five breaching off in the foggy distance. Killer whales made a good showing with at least six. Two long finned pilot whales were a treat for at least a few lucky viewers. A rare and elusive southern bottlenose whale stole the show; almost quite literally, then it made a cameo appearance during the cocktail reception. Not to be outdone by the whales, thousands of Cape petrels followed our wake, often floating on unseen air currents just out of reach.

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