We just returned from a marvelous expedition with Lindblad Expeditions on the National Geographic Explorer. Everything was handled top notch, we have absolutely no complaints.
The Drake Passage was a Lake both ways we were lucky.
We witnessed a two and a half hour Killer Whale hunt with a seal on an ice float talk about dramatic and exciting to see, again we were lucky.
Our weather was in the 30'F up to 40'F most of the trip. Only one wintry day that brought cooler temperatures, wind and snow.
My fears concerning passage to Zodiacs was gone after first trip, the crew and staff were great and I never felt uncomfortable.
Thanks to all the tips here we were outfitted with everything we required.
We saw the newly hatched Penguin chicks what a treat.
The ship itself was luxurious, our cabin spacious and so comfortable. The bath and shower were huge and designed nicely. Our bed was comfortable and we enjoyed a large window to look out.
The Staff and Crew were the best. We enjoyed many top notch lectures from National Geographic experts on wildlife, oceans, ice, Antarctica, conservation, etc. We learned a lot.
The places we went to were varied and each an adventure all it's own.
We would highly recommend Lindblad and National Geographic for their knowledge, professionalism, service, and a fantastic voyage.