December 2013 cruise review with many pictures

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[quote=scubacruiserx2;50838015]
Originally posted by Aussie Tripster

Hello Cathy , and thank you for the kind words . With any of the 3 cruise lines HAL , Celebrity or Princess , we're sure that you'll have a great time in this beautiful area of the world . Once again , those are our favorite cruise lines but , who's the best fit for you ?

Have you been to , or considered Antarctica ? The Infinity goes there on February , 18th . That's one that we would also consider if we were there at that time . It is the Summer and the cruises only go a couple of times a year . In that region the weather is always changeable , but probably most stable then , making Antarctica both doable and affordable .
We have actually booked the HAL cruise departing Valparasio on Jan 28th 2018 which does cruise to Antarctica......So we are on same the line of thought with you regarding Antarctica!

Your photos from your trip to SA were gorgeous, hopefully we will be lucky enough to have nice weather too.

We have recently returned from a Baltic cruise on the Silhouette. We were unable to make port on our first day at St Petersburg and it rained all day the following day, but we were able to make the most of it and see quite a bit - just didn't get to Peterhoff or St Catherine's Palace......We did luck out with weather in Norway afterwards though, the day we arrived in Geiranger was 27C and beautiful blue skies - a sight to behold that for sure. Weather certainly makes an impact.
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Cathy
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[quote=Aussie Tripster;50842431]
Originally posted by scubacruiserx2

We have actually booked the HAL cruise departing Valparasio on Jan 28th 2018 which does cruise to Antarctica......So we are on same the line of thought with you regarding Antarctica!

Your photos from your trip to SA were gorgeous, hopefully we will be lucky enough to have nice weather too.

We have recently returned from a Baltic cruise on the Silhouette. We were unable to make port on our first day at St Petersburg and it rained all day the following day, but we were able to make the most of it and see quite a bit - just didn't get to Peterhoff or St Catherine's Palace......We did luck out with weather in Norway afterwards though, the day we arrived in Geiranger was 27C and beautiful blue skies - a sight to behold that for sure. Weather certainly makes an impact.

Congratulations on your cruise ! We really did enjoy the HAL experience . And the weather , like in the Baltics will probably change dramatically during the cruise , so be prepared !

We're sorry to hear that you missed Peterhoff but we skipped Catherine's intentionally . Did you miss both the day and night in SPB ?

Your booking has got us looking at Antarctica , and our eyes are on this prize !







They make shore landings in zodiacs and spend a week in Antarctica !





P. S . Bring lots of money !!

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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2213388 Total Eclipse: East bound Transatlantic and a visit to Russia
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel
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[quote=scubacruiserx2;50849035]
Originally posted by Aussie Tripster


Congratulations on your cruise ! We really did enjoy the HAL experience . And the weather , like in the Baltics will probably change dramatically during the cruise , so be prepared !

We're sorry to hear that you missed Peterhoff but we skipped Catherine's intentionally . Did you miss both the day and night in SPB ?

Your booking has got us looking at Antarctica , and our eyes are on this prize !

They make shore landings in zodiacs and spend a week in Antarctica !

P. S . Bring lots of money !!


Wow......When are you thinking about this cruise? Will certainly look forward to your review!!
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We will be on this cruise (Seabourn Quest) Dec 19- Jan 12 Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. It is the only Seabourn itinerary that includes South Georgia Island, which all of my friends who have been to Antartica said was the highlight.We have cruised entirely on Seabourn for the last 15 years and cannot say enough about the wonderful ships and personal service. We have some friends going with us so we have made private tour arrangements for Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas and Ushuaia. We are flying into Chile well before the cruise to spend a week hiking in the Torres Del Paine (we are staying at the cool looking EcoCamp) and a few days in Easter Island. Anyway, now that our planning is almost complete and all of our cold weather gear has been purchased, all we have to do is wait 3 1/2 months!!! I will report back. But if you have any questions about Seabourn itself please ask.


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[quote=Aussie Tripster;50864009]
Originally posted by scubacruiserx2


Wow......When are you thinking about this cruise? Will certainly look forward to your review!!
We would like to go in November this year but we can't afford it so November or December of 2017 is possible - if we save !
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2094420 Cruising the Caribbean on the Caribbean Princess
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1923693 Norway and Northern Europe
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1927687 Moscow
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1775172 St. Petersburg
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2213388 Total Eclipse: East bound Transatlantic and a visit to Russia
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel
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Originally posted by Chairsin
We will be on this cruise (Seabourn Quest) Dec 19- Jan 12 Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. It is the only Seabourn itinerary that includes South Georgia Island, which all of my friends who have been to Antartica said was the highlight.We have cruised entirely on Seabourn for the last 15 years and cannot say enough about the wonderful ships and personal service. We have some friends going with us so we have made private tour arrangements for Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas and Ushuaia. We are flying into Chile well before the cruise to spend a week hiking in the Torres Del Paine (we are staying at the cool looking EcoCamp) and a few days in Easter Island. Anyway, now that our planning is almost complete and all of our cold weather gear has been purchased, all we have to do is wait 3 1/2 months!!! I will report back. But if you have any questions about Seabourn itself please ask.


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WOW , your trip sounds amazing - a dream come true , so :





We hope that you enjoy your trip , take lots of photos , and please share them with us ! For us , Antarctica and Seabourn would be a once in a lifetime trip , so we would love to learn more about them and your trip .
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel
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Yes, I can't tell you how excited we are. Especially after seeing all of the great photos posted on this thread and hearing the stories of our friends who did this cruise. I will report back. Here is a photo a friend of mine took from the White a Continent.IMG_1472218571.147668.jpg


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Originally posted by Chairsin
Yes, I can't tell you how excited we are. Especially after seeing all of the great photos posted on this thread and hearing the stories of our friends who did this cruise. I will report back. Here is a photo a friend of mine took from the White a Continent.Attachment 393051


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That's a remarkable photo to see the penguins and the ship , in the same photo !

Otway Sound near Punta Arenas , and Punta Tombo near Puerto Madryn , are an hour or more on a bus to see the penguins !
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1923693 Norway and Northern Europe
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1775172 St. Petersburg
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2213388 Total Eclipse: East bound Transatlantic and a visit to Russia
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Stunning photography Joe.
Thank you Mic !


Originally posted by MicCanberra
Have finished the reading the review and loving all the photos, a marvellous thread on a fantastic trip. Cheers again.

And thanks for reading the review . It was my favorite trip for scenery and we some great light for photos .
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1923693 Norway and Northern Europe
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1927687 Moscow
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1775172 St. Petersburg
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2213388 Total Eclipse: East bound Transatlantic and a visit to Russia
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1923693 Norway and Northern Europe
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1927687 Moscow
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1775172 St. Petersburg
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2213388 Total Eclipse: East bound Transatlantic and a visit to Russia
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel
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Scubacruiserx2:

We recently ran into this thread and were totally floored by it. Your pics are amazing and your commentary is on point. This has to be one of the most descriptive cruise journals we have ever seen. Well done and we look forward to your future trips.

Z and TB
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Originally posted by Zqueeze1
Scubacruiserx2:

We recently ran into this thread and were totally floored by it. Your pics are amazing and your commentary is on point. This has to be one of the most descriptive cruise journals we have ever seen. Well done and we look forward to your future trips.

Z and TB
Thank you for your kinds comments and we're glad that you enjoyed this beautiful area also . We are planning to visit this area again and would love to see Antarctica and spend more time in Patagonia !


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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1923693 Norway and Northern Europe
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1927687 Moscow
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1775172 St. Petersburg
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2213388 Total Eclipse: East bound Transatlantic and a visit to Russia
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel
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A record number of over 1 million Magellanic penguins have migrated to Punta Tombo in Argentina this year .







Good news for future generations




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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2372103 Eclipsing Northern Europe by cruise : Basic black , and Baltic blues
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1923693 Norway and Northern Europe
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1927687 Moscow
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1775172 St. Petersburg
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1958814 South America
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2213388 Total Eclipse: East bound Transatlantic and a visit to Russia
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2320153Cruising the Caribbean on the Re al Princess : A pictorial review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2422532 Staying and playing in Cozumel