OAT's Antarctica Trip Nov-Dec 2012 has just been moved to GCT for Jan-Feb 2013, as a new?? trip. It appears to be the same trip, which is OK, except for 4 potentially very rough & dangerous days crossing the Drake Passage to get to & from Antarctica from South America.
My wife is motion sensitive; so she cannot do this. I could probably survive the Drake Shake, but would rather not pay ($600+/day) for 4 mostly wasted & potentially very uncomfortable days at sea.
There are now several fly-in tours from other vendors flying from Punta Arenas, which avoid the 4 wasted, potentially dangerous days crossing the Drake passage. After a 2-3 hour flight from Punta Arenas, you board the same type of expedition ship for zodiac wildlife landings for 4 or more days in the calm waters along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Hopefully, GCT or OAT will offer a similar fly in/out options Nov 2013-Feb2014, before we get too old. We think more of OAT/GCT's motion sensitive, older & frailer customer base would prefer fly in/out versus rolling the dice with 4 wasted, expensive, potentially dangerous days on the Drake Shake.
Please add comments about this approach to influence GCT/OAT!