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For travellers ready to step off the beaten track into wilderness realms of beauty and splendor, there’s no finer ship than ‘Explorer II.’ She offers an on-board experience that’s second to none, and takes you to places few other cruise passengers ever see.
‘Explorer II’ looks and feels like a country house hotel. But there’s strong steel (including an ice-strengthened hull) behind the graceful exterior. Bow and stern thrusters make her extraordinarily maneuverable, and stabilizers minimalize the effects of wind and water to help keep passengers comfortable in remote seas.
Some people are content to watch the world scroll past the rail of a cruise ship’s promenade deck. ‘Explorer II’ passengers experience a very different reality. This ship brings you into direct contact with the exciting world around you.
Zodiac auxiliary craft (safe, stable, motorized rubber rafts) are the workhorses of any well-planned Antarctic expedition, and ‘Explorer II’ carries a fleet of twelve. Easy to launch and land, Zodiacs make it possible for passengers to explore remote Antarctic shores where there are no piers or other docking arrangements. They also function as exploratory vessels, specializing in "up front and personal" encounters.
‘Explorer II’ boasts uncommonly elegant guest quarters, among the most spacious and comfortable available on any Antarctic cruise. Many have walk-out balconies, and all have outside views, private bathrooms (with bath or shower and hairdryers), satellite television service, telephone and individual climate controls. Beds can be arranged in twin or queen configurations, and full laundry service (as well as a self-service launderette) is available.
Dining on board is a sophisticated pleasure. Seating is not assigned: Eat where and with whom you please, enjoying meals selected from imaginative international menus (and the stunning views from the dining room’s picture windows). There is always a selection of light fare and vegetarian dishes, and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. In-cabin room service is available. In keeping with the informal ambiance of expeditionary cruising, there are no formal evenings on board the ship. While you will want to change out of your day clothes for dinner, you won’t need a wardrobe any dressier than "smart casual" wear.
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Aegean Odyssey Aug 10, 2010
SAILING: AUG 10- 27, 2010, POMPEII IS SOMETHING SO WONDERFUL SHIP: The ship and the experience were lovely! Great décor throughout the ship. Real
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Age: 73Occupation: RetiredNumber of Cruises: 17Ship: Princess SheenaSailing Date; October 10, 2007Itinerary: Yangtze River This was our fifth river cruise in co
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