We had a mix of Thurstons and Lovies on my trip - but far many more t shirts and sweats !!
No ship or company is going to force me to "dress" for dinner on an expedition.
It does look like some of the newer ships are trying to move away from true expedition and move into posher furnishings and dressing. To be honest - my suitcase is packed enough without trying to cram in posh clothes !!!!
Re the landings. I have two trips under my belt and you have a few already too so I am sure you would agree that no expedition leader worth his salt (nor any captain) is going to get people ashore "no matter what the conditions". It's just too dangerous. And having personally been in a situation where our EL had to make a decision about half of us having to stay on an island overnight - possibly longer if the storm continued - and deciding to get us back to the ship in conditions that his whole team deemed the scariest in 20 years !! Well I for one understand why those ever changing conditions can mean a couple of missed shore landings !!
I can look back now and think of it as amazing - but I was one of many curled up in a terrified huddled ball in the bottom of the zodiac for 30min as 6foot waves crashed over us.
Of course when telling the story I sound "much" braver hehe !!!
I can't find that article - it must have been in my favourites on my previous computer. If you do a google news search it was either an Aussie or NZ newspaper. Titled something imaginative like trip to hell !!
Several people on my most recent trip were veterans of 20 or more trips down there and enderby was on their no go list. It definitely put me off.
Ps are you also posting the query on cruise critic ? I am sure I have seen posters there who have been on the Orion.
Edited: 8:43 am, March 22, 2012