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    traditional archery, video games
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    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Antarctica, Iceland, Scandinavia, Alaska, Canada, Japan

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  1. Well, there were A LOT of additions this week (and multiple from me all at once, sorry!), so I'm amazed that there was only one mistake! I appreciate your putting this together every week, Jacqui! I know it's a hard work!!
  2. You should be able to find our Seabourn cruise, if you select "Expedition" as the destination, rather than Antarctica. The web site doesn't say how many days, but I just looked at my confirmation, and it says "12-Day Antarctica Exploration" cruise. As for the start date, the web site shows the start date as Jan. 3, 2023, so I guess we should go with that date, although we don't actually sail away till Jan. 4? I'll leave it up to you! Thank you!
  3. Hi Kazu, Sorry to dump these on you all at once, but I have one removal and three additions. Remove: AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorercrunchii & Zarmengar Add: AUGUST 2021 N Amsterdam - 21-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorercrunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2022 N Statendam - 17-Sep-22 - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery crunchii & Zarmengar JANUARY 2023 Seabourn Venture - 04-Jan-23 - Antarctica Exploration crunchii & Zarmengar - Celebrating 35th anniversary (Note: This cruise actually starts on 03-Jan-23 with an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires. We sail away on 04-Jan-23 from Ushuaia.) Thank you! crunchii
  4. Yep, we've been looking at Ponant too, waiting for them to publish their 2023 itineraries... Thanks to everyone's tips and suggestions posted here, we decided to do just Antarctica this time and hope to do S. Georgia and Falklands some other time. When we do, we'll be sure to look for itineraries that spend more than a day in each place. Thanks all!
  5. Good to know that the screen didn't have speakers! And thank you for the great tip about going to their Norway site! Your Fram trip would be a great second trip, if we end up doing just Antarctic Peninsula this time. (If I can convince my husband to do the second trip...) Thanks again for all your tips and suggestions!
  6. Roald Amundsen was actually our third choice. We dropped it for various reasons (500 passenger ship was a tad too big even for us), but we'll take another look. Thank you for the recommendation! So you mentioned that you did a cruise on Roald Amundsen? Can I ask you a question? Does that giant screen in the atrium have speakers? If so, how loud are they? We were considering one of the rooms near that thing, and I was wondering if there would be a noise problem.
  7. Thank you all for your suggestions and advices! We're not that active, so I think we'll be fine with just one landing per day. We would prefer a bigger ship (but not too big) with more creature comfort and stability. 🙂
  8. It'll be just one day in Stanley, 2 days in South Georgia, 9 days in Antarctica, and 6 sea days. The itinerary shows "at anchor" for Stanley and South Georgia, so it's possible that we'd just have zodiac rides to the landing sites of their choice...?
  9. We're planning to book a cruise to Antarctica in 2023. We've narrowed it down to two possible cruises, but having a difficult time making the final decision. We're considering the following two: 21-day Hapag-Lloyd Hanseatic Inspiration cruise that includes Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, and Antarctic Circle. 13-day Viking Octantis or Polaris cruise that includes just Antarctic Peninsula. This will probably be our one and only cruise to Antarctica, so the Hapag-Lloyd cruise that includes everything would be preferable, but it would add $20K (for two) and an extra week off from work to the Viking one. I know Falkland Islands and South Georgia are highly recommended, and I would LOVE to see the king penguins, but I'm not quite sure if it's worth the extra expense and time to see one (or two?) beach full of king penguins. Are there any other must see things in Falkland Islands and South Georgia? I'm also feeling a bit nervous about Hapag-Lloyd, as I know very little about them. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you
  10. We were in 7151 on Westerdam a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it! I understand the cabin is smaller than the mid-ship Neptune Suites, (can't compare, as we've only been in aft-Neptunes) but it was big enough for us. And you can kinda see where the door is in this picture: And the veranda!! Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please let me know!
  11. I'm hoping they would open the booking for next fall's Pacific Coast cruise soon so we can just switch to that. But if they don't, we'll just cancel by the end of June as well. Hope they'll have the exact same itinerary next year (and there's vaccine by then...)! And I hope I'll be able to see some of you!
  12. When you purchase the Beverage Card onboard, can you use the non-refundable OBC? And will the remaining balance still be refundable at the end of the cruise?
  13. We're in our 50's, but we prefer peace and quiet and go to our room at 9 pm to relax, so HAL is a perfect fit for us. We've only been on 2 HAL cruises since 2018, so we don't know what it used to be like. Maybe that's why, but we're VERY happy with HAL so far and have two more cruises booked (and one unused FCD). What we love about HAL: - Smaller ships with fewer passengers. - Not too many children. - Older and mellower fellow passengers. (Yes, it's POSITIVE for us.) - Quiet, relaxed, and elegant atmosphere without any pool parties, silly game shows, vulgar comedians, loud and obnoxious music in public areas, etc. - Affordable (meaning, not owner's suite-level price) aft-corner suites. - Lincoln Center Stage. Lack of entertainment doesn't bother us, since we cruise to see and feel the ocean, so we'll happily spend hours on our aft-wrap balcony watching the wake, instead of sitting in dark, window-less main theater. We'll probably start looking for other lines when they start playing hip hop and rap to attract the generations younger than us, but for now, we're happy with HAL and don't feel any need to try other lines.
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