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Stanley, Falkland Islands
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It doesn't really matter what day you come in there will be shops open, unless you want to get some timber to build a house.

Stanley is well geared towards the tourist industry, in fact there might be more guides/drivers around because of the weekend, the tourist industry is not big enough to employ many people full time so a lot of guides and tourist have other jobs/businesses.
UK
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Originally posted by jasonflk
For thoose that were asking I believe you can now book Bluff cove via the HAL website.
Yes, it's finally available. Excellent news as I've only heard good things about Bluff Cove.
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Originally posted by jasonflk
It doesn't really matter what day you come in there will be shops open, unless you want to get some timber to build a house.

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Thanks, Jason. Since we should not count on buying timber, we can get a smaller cabin. I appreciate your insight and you taking time to answer all of us.
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Ontario - Hamilton (when necessary) and Haliburton (when possible)
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Originally posted by digitl
Yes, it's finally available. Excellent news as I've only heard good things about Bluff Cove.

Unfortunately, for our November sailing, it's already waitlisted! Can you suggest a second choice location?
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Whoops! I checked again and it IS available. The wording on some of the HAL excursion descriptions is very confusing. The one that's waitlisted is for rockhopper penguins, but it doesn't say where. Jason, have you any idea where it might be?
Stanley, Falkland Islands
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Joined Aug 2009
The rockhoppers are on the murrel farm which is close by to Stanley.

Often with the tours the cruise ships will only release some of the available spaces for the website and hold back others until the ship sails, different companies will have different policies on this.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Hi Jason,

You mentioned earlier in this thread that a store there does sell winegums - I love winegums & jelly babies & would love to pick some up - you said "Just pop along to the west store when you are in and you'll see plenty". Is 'West' the name of the store where I can find them?

Thanks as well for all the info you gave all of us on this thread & the other one regarding the differences on the penguin tours. Couldn't sleep last night until I made up my mind - and as much as I wanted to try out the Bluff Cove tour, those rockhoppers kept tugging at my heart. I may never get to see them anywehre else, so I thought we should do that one. We will have to go back to the Falklands a couple of more times for Volunteer Point & Bluff Cove!

Jim (husband) also thanks you for all the info on the pubs & beer!
Stanley, Falkland Islands
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The weststore is the name of the store only a few minutes from the Jetty.

Glad you've made your choice I'm syure you will enjoy it as I've said on many occassions the rockhoppers are my favourite penguin, though I tend to go elsewhere in the Islands to see them.

And Jim enjoy the Pubs :-)
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Jason, are they still running the vans to Gypsy Cove? Our call on the Veendam is only 6 hours long (including the time used up in tendering) and that looks like our only way to pay a "penguin visit" and still see part of the town.

Can you recommend a good pub style place for lunch?

Many thanks,
Marnie
Stanley, Falkland Islands
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Joined Aug 2009
KoshLong, yes there are still minibuses going to gypsy cove to see the magalenic penguins.

If you manage to get on one of the first trips for the shorter excursions (bluff cove, sparrow cove, rockhoppers) you should get some time in the town as well.

England Swings, Patrick is good, just read the comments about him on the forum, especially this thread.
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Originally posted by Koshlong
Jason, are they still running the vans to Gypsy Cove? Our call on the Veendam is only 6 hours long (including the time used up in tendering) and that looks like our only way to pay a "penguin visit" and still see part of the town.

Can you recommend a good pub style place for lunch?
From what I can see, you can easily take the Bluff Cove excursion in that time and it comes highly recommended. There should be plenty of time left to find a pub as well!
Stanley, Falkland Islands
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Joined Aug 2009
Sorry missed the question about the Pub.

Have to be careful as I like all pubs :-)

If you are looking for a non smoking pub then Millers is the place (the narrows is also an option but that is 20min walk from the Jetty)

The Globe I would recomend for keeping an eye on the tender queue before returning to your ship.

The Vic is probably the one I would choose first just far enough away not to get too busy with tourist but not a long walk away.

Hope that helps
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Thanks for the info, Jason. I'll check it out. I'll give my husband the choice of pubs....

Marnie
Sydney
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Originally posted by Gixer
I would be happy to try and answer them for you as I live in Stanley. I actually registered to cruise critic to find info about Disney cruises as we are taking the children on a trip in January, and just had a look in this forum out of curiosity!

Hope I can be of some help to those of you planning a future trip
Hi JasonWe are planning a tour to volunteer point. Have heard back from 3 operators, Wayne McCormick, Estancia and Patrick Watts. Patrick's tour though reviewed a lot is quite abit more expensive than the other 2. Do they all do the same thing would you recommend one above the other?
Regards Linda
Sydney
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Joined Jan 2015
Originally posted by jasonflk
Start now, never too early the guides get booked up a long time in advance especially for teh biigger ships.
Hi Jason we are looking to book a tour to volunteer point in November we have heard back from 3 organisers Wayne McCormick, Estancia and Patrick Watts. Of the 3 Patrick's tour is much more expensive. Do they basically offer the same experience? Would you recommend one above another?
Stanley, Falkland Islands
108 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Hi,

Hope you will have a good time when you get here.

All those providers are reputable providers and go to the same place via the same route.

Jason
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Joined Feb 2011
We're planning on going out to Gypsy Cove. There are 4 of us, so I would assume that a taxi would be significantly cheaper than taking a minibus at $20 pp. But, assuming we don't want to pay for the taxi driver to hang around, what are our options for returning? Can we arrange for the driver to return in an hour or so, or can we expect any empty taxis looking for fares?
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Hi Fred,

I'm not sure a taxi will be significantly cheaper than the minibus. But you may be able to negotiate a good price. As you point out, the trick is getting back! The buses may be more reliable and frequent. The problem can be the weather. Gypsy Cove has no shelter, and if the weather is poor, it can be unpleasant to wait a while for transport. I charge a little more than the bus per head, but will show you round Gypsy Cove, and point out things you wouldn't otherwise see, and I will take you back to town when you want to go. If I am not otherwise busy that day, I will be at the jetty with a clipboard, asking if anyone wants a tour. :-) Enjoy your visit.