Saturday, May 14, 2011

Travel on "our" ship

The ship we traveled to Antarctica on is being heavily advertised right now. I see their ads on several of my daily web sites. This is the Corinthian II operated by a very small cruise line Travel Dynamics. It is spending the summer in the Mediterranean Sea and its neighbors - Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, Aegean Sea and Black Sea - visiting interesting historical and cultural sites.

The ship is small and the service is 5-star. They do an excellent job, but their cruises are expensive.

Travel Dynamics, the line, is small. Just one small ship and one yacht-sized boat. Corinthian II carries only 116 and their yacht only 34. Bad luck: their third ship, Clelia II, which we were scheduled to go to Antarctica on, got in trouble in Antarctic seas again this past winter. A wave smashed windows on the bridge and knocked out communications. The poor passengers endured a passage that took about twice as long as usual (over 3 days versus less than two) in the very rough seas with broken windows! TD took it out of service - not surprising.

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