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    Las Vegas
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    Travel; photography
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Any line w small ships
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Antarctica

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  1. Your next trip should be JUST the Falklands and S Georgia. However those trips are hard to find and I don't think that any of the mass market lines do it. You will have to work w a TA that does just Antarctica and Arctic trips for that one. The Falklands / S. Georgia experience is totally different from the Antarctica experience but both of them are great. DON
  2. The 3 times that I was in Ushuaia, there were several travel agencies on the main street that advertised last minute Antarctica cruise. I did not check them out but it appears that the last minute cruises are available. I have no idea what your choices are, how long you may have to wait to get a spot and how much you will save however. You might try to Google the travel agencies if you can find them and see what is available. DON
  3. Don't all of the lines and all of the ships bypass US labor laws. That is why they are registered in places like Liberia. If you want to only sail on ships that follow US labor laws, that leaves you almost no ships to cruise on and precious few places to visit. DON
  4. Not surprising considering how desperate people appear to get on a ship. I do expect that there will be a considerable number of cancellations as the reality of what the new cruising is going to be. DON
  5. Yes. You are missing something. 1. When we did Antarctica, we typically did 2 landings per day. We never felt rushed. 2. Why did you pick Viking? Any cruise that you take on Viking will be expensive but if you insist on a higher level ship to Antarctica it will always be expensive. When you do Antarctica, you are interested in what is outside of the ship and not the facilities inside the ship. We are not allowed to mention TAs on CC but find yourself a TA that specializes only in Arctic and Antarctica cruise and you can find lots of good alternative ships with les
  6. The stuff that they have at the IC isn't really a meal. It is just snacks. DON
  7. I assume that if you do the Antarctica cruise of 13 days, you spend maybe 8 days in Antarctica. If that is true, although I love the Falklands and S. Georgia, you don't get enough time in those places so I would recommend the Viking cruise. When I did my solo visit to the Falklands / S. Georgia cruise w/o my wife, we spent 3 days in the Falklands including 2 on the outer islands where all the interesting wildlife stuff is. Port Stanley is cute but the outer islands are much more spectacular. We also spent I think 8 or 10 days in S. Georgia. Just spending 2 days on S. Georgia j
  8. I should have also added the question - what places do you visit in the Falklands - just port Stanley or also the outer islands. The best wildlife is on the outer islands. DON
  9. Children can be asymptomatic Covid carriers. Some lines have said that everyone must be vaccinated w/o exception. If this means no children - so be it. DON
  10. How many days each do you spend on the Falklands, S Georgia and Antarctica and how many of your 21 days are sea days. That would affect my answer to your question. I have been to all 3 places but not on one cruise. DON
  11. You are at least a minority of 2. Besides the other reasons that I have mentioned as to why I don't do Caribbean cruises, you can add heat and humidity to the list. DON
  12. Personal taste but I have done 3 Caribbean cruise. Two were chosen by family and I was voted down as not doing the Caribbean so those 2 don't count. The third one I selected. Having done 3 Caribbean cruises, I am done w the Caribbean. Boring. Aggressive people trying to sell me tours or stuff. I am not a beach person and I can take only 10 or 15 of lying on the beach and doing nothing. Also. I live in Las Vegas so the excuse that they need to get away from the cold winter weather does not apply. That said I recognize that there must be something to the place as people includ
  13. Great minds think alike. DON
  14. I agree w you but how many posts have you read on CC from people who are so desperate to get onto a ship that they will be willing to cruise on a bubble cruise or else even do a cruise to nowhere. Not for me. If I can't cruise on my terms, there are lots of really good land trips that I can take. There are even lots of great trips in the US and in Canada once they open the borders. My wife and I are thinking about doing a week or so to the Calgary and Banff area this fall. I also think that my ideal overseas trip would be to fly to my destination and spend a couple or 3 days
  15. Not in Florida. The governor of Florida has issued an emergency declaration forbidding any business or organization from requiring vaccination certificates. DON
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