The G Expedition has a friendly, intrepid and fun atmosphere cultivated by the passion and experience of the crew on board. It offers a no-frills way to cruise the Antarctic and discover its splendour.
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The G Expedition is one of the smaller ships sailing in Antarctic waters with a capacity for just 134 passengers. This provides a personal and intimate small-ship experience that matches the ethos of the company behind the boat. Originally built as a car/passenger ferry in Denmark in 1972, it was completely refurbished in 2009 and has been converted into a comfortable Ice Class 1B polar explorer with an ice-strengthened hull, stabilisers, elevated viewing decks, “mud room” and a fleet of zodiacs to transport you closer to the action.
The ship has five decks and several cabin types; the most basic of which are the triple or quad, category 1 porthole rooms. The most luxurious offering is the category 5 suites on the top deck, some of which even have floor-to-ceiling windows for incredible views of the polar scenery.
For excursions into the polar environs, you are provided with thermal waterproof boots to wear during the voyage and a high-spec, technical expedition parka, which is yours to keep. The ship has a dedicated “mud room” where each traveller is allocated space to leave their boots and wet weather gear, it is also the embarkation point for excursions out on the Zodiac.
With a crew of 55 plus 14 expedition staff who run workshops, host lectures, accompany shore excursions and mingle at mealtimes, there is always someone on hand to help or to ask questions, creating a friendly, immersive atmosphere.
There is no penalty for solo travellers on board the Expedition. Those travelling on their own will be paired in a cabin with those of the same sex, however, having your own room is also possible for a higher fare.
Triple and quad rooms are available, which are comfortable but sparsely decorated. It is certainly more of a where you are, than a where you are staying situation. Given the activities available and numerous communal areas, it is unlikely you are going to spend much time in your cabin, anyway. All rooms are en suite, and aside from the category 5, double rooms, they consist of single beds. The size of the windows differs depending on the category of the room, but each has a chair, a small desk and a side table.
The ship has an open bridge policy, so you are welcome to visit and ask questions of the crew navigating your course. Other communal areas include a library, discovery lounge, large outdoor deck with BBQ facilities, the Polar Bear pub, a gift shop, a sauna, a computer room and a gym.
The facilities on board include a gym, a sauna, a pub, a lounge, a spacious deck, a computer room, a gift shop, a medical clinic and a restaurant.
All meals and snacks are included, as well as 24/7 tea and coffee, and water. International cuisine is served in one sitting normally in the Albatross dining room.
As with all ships that operate in Antarctic waters, they have to adhere to the strict standards set by the International Association of Antarctic Operators (IAATO). The operator behind the G Expedition has put in place many initiatives to ensure that voyages are carried out in the most sustainable way possible, for example, the Zodiacs used a 4-stroke rather than a 2-stroke, which uses less fuel and produces less noise.