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  1. We were fortunate enough to do Antarctica in 2008 on the La Boreal, now a Ponant Line ship, but wasn’t back then. I would highly recommend trip with landings. More than just penguins. Much more in the way of wildlife, both on land and sea. Zodiacs and the drivers of them were amazing. Trekking on land to see ice and geologic features was very special. Had several landings per day. About 100 passengers onboard. Food and expedition team were awesome. After Antarctica, Iguasu falls was also included as a 4 day post trip. Awesome!!! So we had Antarctica and the tropics in one trip. My personal opinion, but if you have The bucks and can handle the landings and trekking, by all means do Antarctica on land and sea.
  2. Steve: I recently put a deposit down for the 2022 World cruise on Oceania, LA to NYC. Any recommendations for insurance. We are from Oklahoma, in our early 70s, and fortunately no preexisting conditions or medical issues. Any insights would be appreciated. Thanks
  3. Rachel and George and Jp and Chris and all aboard the Cloud: Thanks for taking us along on your fantastic adventure. Lots of beautiful sites and wildlife to behold. Pretty much a once in a lifetime experience, unless you do it again and again. Wonderful pictures. Hope the cruise back through the Drake passage isn’t too bad, and safe travels to your final destination. Rich and Barbara
  4. Rachel and George, JP and Chris, and all onboard, enjoy your time on South Georgia even with all the restrictions. great to have relatively calm seas so far!!! Going in the footsteps of Shackleton is a good thing. Looking forward to pictures. Congrats to JP and Chris for their upgrade. Sometimes it is just good to get lucky. By the way, any familiar faces from the waitstaff or housekeeping or crew from our trip to Iceland? We board the Shadow later today.
  5. Rachel, JP, and all onboard, we wish you continued good sailing and good food. When you get to land, oking forward to seeing all the scenery and wildlife pics. Enjoy the upcoming adventures.
  6. Glad you all made it to your first destination safely. Enjoy you cruise and all the animals and sites. Looking forward to more info and pictures going forward.
  7. Rachel and George: Happy New Year. Safe travels, and hope your trip is all you are hoping for. Looking forward to reading your blog while in Antarctica.
  8. Rachel and George, JP and Chris, and others on this Antarctic adventure, we wish you safe travels, good weather, fantastic scenery, and wonderful animal sightings. We were fortunate to be in Antarctica in 2011 and it was fabulous. We look forward to following along with all your adventures both ashore and onboard. I am sure there will be some good hikes to be found, and good libation onboard. We will be in a different part of the world, warm Caribbean waters for us, on both Silversea and Regent. We will be swimming with the fishes.
  9. Well, we made it back last night. Not to worse for wear, but flights delayed some because of storms. No big deal really. Fortunately we did not get caught by the dreaded SSSS, for check in. when we were leaving Greenland, storms in Reykjavik and Radar problems in Greenland delayed our departure by 3 hours. Instead of getting to the hotel in Reykjavik at about 8pm, we got there about 11. Then quick turnaround for our flight out of Reykjavik. Hectic repacking, but relatively easy compared to what it could have been. overall, Greenland was better than expected. The excursions were well done, and a couple of extra stops not listed. Weather really cooperated. Lots of nice, well travelled people, and everyone wanted to have a good time. i still think service on the ship this time around was a little lacking. Just didn’t seem to be enough folks around or poorly distributed. Anyway, glad we did it, but good to be back home and in our own bed. glad to contribute to this blog to let folks know about our trip. Hope it was well worth it. I enjoyed sharing our adventure.
  10. Another spectacular day in Ilulissat. Large icebergs all around, and saw some whales. Probably Fin? Whales according to expedition team. Playing our last game of trivia in the morning when someone spotted whales off the back. Trivia temporarily suspended until we could get our fill of photos and videos. Moss said it may be the first time the game was suspended because of whale sightings. We went out for an iceberg and whale cruise on a fishing trawler. Not that comfortable, but it allowed us to see what was advertised. Wish I could upload videos, but it would take forever, and probably fail. anyway, trivia team was good, but not as good as our Iceland group. Still Moss was kind enough to let me use my points, not enough, to get the t-shirt. Sodashire, the zodiacs are easy to get in and out of. As far as your other questions, you should have a chronicle waiting for you in the room and all is explained. Dinner menus vary all over the place as well as things, like filets, one can get every day. have to start our packing today for our trip home. Should be easier than packing to get to Iceland. Here are some pictures from yesterday.
  11. Ok, so I had to update the previous post with one showing the POLAR PLUNGE. No, I didn’t do it. I had mine in Antarctica at Deception Island. Doctors did not have to use the paddles on Me, and all were successful on this ship. here are a few pics.
  12. This morning we had an extra stop at Evighedsfjord and glacier to do a hike up the side of the glacier to get up close and personal with Ice and walking along a lateral morain as the glacier is retreating. Opened deck 5 for early morning photos as we approached the glacier. Some rough ground and slippery rock. Rocks are generally friendly for this geologist, but after mud on the shoes it made it a little more treacherous going down hill. Tried to take a close up of the right side of the glacier to show where we climbed. Relatively steep, rocky and slippery. George, Rachel,Bob, maybe Victoria, JP and Chris would have loved it. Really interesting rock formations, polished by the glaciers. A great extra stop for,the morning. Going for our scheduled stop of Kangaamiut this afternoon for a town walk. here are some pictures of this morning.
  13. Today we are in Nuuk, Capital of Greenland. Walked around the town with a guide and saw city hall with interesting knitted murals, colorful buildings, and museum with mummies from long ago preserved in the ice. weather was a bit cool and drizzly, but not bad. went for dinner at La Terrazza with another couple that are gluten free and lactose free. They ordered ahead of time to make sure everything was right. Basically everything was wrong. So terrible when you are expecting a nice meal and things go haywire. Server was difficult to communicate with, but managers rushed around to get the couple something to eat. Fortunately Barbara’s gluten free meal was fine. Reserved hers ahead of time as well. we got a new room attendant for this trip, not as good or attentive as the one for Iceland. Hate to say negative things, but that is the way it is. here are some pics from Nuuk.
  14. We are currently having a sea day, cruising toward Nuuk, Greenland. Largest city on the island. A little bleak and cool out, so good there are no zodiac landings. yesterday we went to Qassiarsuk, where Eric the Red established a community in 982. His son, Leif Ericsson sailed from this area to North America. We had our picture taken by his statue on a hill overlooking the village. Weather is gorgeous again, and waters so still that one can see reflections of mountains and buildings on the water. Some interesting buildings and museums. see the pictures
  15. Victoria, I have not seen any additional staff added. Service in my mind is still slower than what we experienced on our Africa trip. now for Greenland. After a day of mist and miserable we woke up to sunny and warm. Glorious day today for two stops. One scheduled at Qaqortoq, largest town in southern Greenland. Interesting churches and carvings on rocks. Then on to Hvalsey. Not originally scheduled, but interesting Norse ruins of a church from the early 1400s. Just a nice day to be out and about. here are some pics
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