As I mentioned in the last post, the ship was really nice. I had been expecting a rather stark research vessel, but instead we were greeted by a luxurious tourist cruise-liner.
Every room had its own window, so we could always look out to see what the weather was like or to get our bearings. Most of the time the water was fairly calm, but a few nights when we were underway in more open water things it got pretty rough.
Each room also had its own bathroom with a shower. The showers were fairly small and it was nearly impossible to keep the water to the shower area, so we typically ended up with a flooded floor. Small price to pay.
That might explain why our rooms were serviced twice a day, during breakfast and dinner, and in the evenings our beds would be turned down for us. The dim lighting always reminded me of the twinkling light of a Christmas tree when I walked in.
The ship had all the amenities, including a library with all the Lost Planet guides ever published.
There was also a fitness center, which many people made use of when we were anchored.
Even though it was cold and rainy much of the week, we made plenty of use of the outside decks as well. Lectures were often held on the aft deck where we would gather around while a professor pointed out features on passing mountainsides.
The staff on board was as nice as the ship itself. One our last night, they even sang “Leaving Expedition” to the tune of “Leaving on a Jet Plane”. I wasn’t expecting such nice accommodations for the week, but I took full advantage of the unlimited hot chocolate and awesome food.
I think the trip would have been great on its own, but the amazing ship really put the experience over the top.