This trip hits you very hard in an emotional way. You may think that you understand what you are going through and seeing while you are on the trip -but that is not the case. In the weeks and months after the being on the Bark Europa you begin to fully realize that this kind of experience was unique to the point that it will probably not be duplicated ever again in your global travels. It is an over the top experience. I went in thinking the Bark was the means to an end (seeing Antarctica). It turns out that that sailing through the Drake and the overall ship life was at least 50% of the experience. I doubt that the folks on the 300 person NATGEO cruise ship feel the same way.