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Author: gsyfert

Joined: 2/26/2014
Posts: 2
GCT Trips Taken: 0
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 2012

February 26, 2014

We have just received our trip confirmation for Antarctica, January, 2015 and are in cabin # 342 which states it is a "partial obstructed view " cabin.  Can anyone tell me about how limited this view is and if it really made a difference? Thanks

GAS

 

 

Author: retirement

Joined: 7/30/2012
Posts: 12
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 7
Traveler Since: 2006

February 26, 2014

Since so few GCT/OAT travelers utilize this feature of the website. Chances are you may not get a response from travelers that actually occupied this particular cabin.  We had a cabin on the 5th deck , our cabin had a wonderful large walk-in closet/storage room, and a small balcony which was great for taking photo’s (weather permitting).  If you do a Google search under Corinthian 2 cabin 342 you can see various websites that show the ship photo’s with  a bit larger view than GCT, and you can see there might be some sort of obstruction.  However none mention what the obstruction might be.  I would also call a GCT representative and ask them the same question.  When investing in the cost of this trip, and chances are you will never have an opportunity for this  once in a lifetime experience, I would recommend you upgrade to a different cabin.  Sorry I can’t help anymore than this.

Author: svncontinents

Joined: 11/25/2011
Posts: 230
GCT Trips Taken: 7
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Traveler Since: 2007

February 26, 2014

 Even though the Corinthian is classified as a 'luxury expedition ship,' we suggest that you be less concerned with what a 'partial obstructed view is.'  If you were taking a cruise on one of the major cruise lines, that might be a matter of concern, but you're going to Antarctica.  And in fact, the 'partial obstructed view' might actually be an advantage if the Drake Passage is particularly active.  Even though the Corinthian is less affected by that than are the smaller expedition ships, you are NOT going to be looking out or even wanting to look out if the ship is rocking and rolling in the Drake Passage, although, as we said, the Corinthian is less affected by this than are other vessels.   Furthermore, having gone to Antarctica, we can tell you that you want to be as LOW as possible in the ship, because the lower you are, the less affected you will be by the vaguaries of the Drake Passage.  When you upgrade you generally go higher.  The lowest cabins are frequently the cheapest.  In a perverse way, when we went to Antarctica, the people who paid the least were the least sick. 

Author: gsyfert

Joined: 2/26/2014
Posts: 2
GCT Trips Taken: 0
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 2012

March 04, 2014

Thank you for the input on the partially obstructed cabin.  We are not on the January 17th trip so, unfortunately, will not be neighbors.  Have a wonderful trip!

 

GAS

Author: rosebud

Joined: 3/16/2013
Posts: 10
GCT Trips Taken: 1
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Countries Visited:

Alaska, The Amazon, Amsterdam, Antarctica, Argentina, Canada (Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper, Toronto, Windsor), Bahamas, Bermuda, Bhutan, the Baltics (Tallin, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Berlin, Germany), China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Galapagos Islands, Greece, Hawaii, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Machu Pichu, Mexico (Sea of Cortez, La Paz), Mongolia, Namibia, New Zealand, Nepal, Patagonia, Peru, Spain, Virgin Islands,

Traveler Since: 2007

March 04, 2014

 We came back from Antarctica on February 16, and had a cabin on the third floor. The cabin you refer to is in the middle of the ship -- a much less rocky and quieter location than even two or three cabins further forward without any obstructions. Both of our crossings were extremely rough, and while we did look out of the window and took photos from our cabin (admittedly they wren't magazine quality due to the rain and wave action against the window), you won't be spending much time in your cabin after the crossing. I wouldn't spend more $ just to avoid the obstructionwhen you already have a well-placed cabin. 

In an earlier posting, I mentioned that the temperature in our cabin, and those on the lower floors, couldn't be properly regulated and we were very uncomfortable due to excessive heat, while the upper floors were too cold.  To GCT's credit, we just received notice today that we will receive a partial refund as a result of the heating/cooling problems on the ship. I appreciate GCT's decision, made without any request from me.  

Despite the temperature issues, this was a spectaculer trip. GO! 

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