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About ComputerTravelGuy

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Florida, USA
  • Interests
    Travel, snorkeling, horseback riding and singing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL has been the best - But Not Loyal to Any One Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Med or South America
  1. ComputerTravelGuy

    Arctic Cruising Without Zodiacs

    I’ve been following the Hurtigruten Midnatsol ship as it sails around the Antarctic in 2017/2018 season and only saw zodiacs in their pictures. Possibly they have polarcirkels this upcoming season but I haven’t been given this option to select. A zodiac is better able to handle a rolling wave than another, more rigid small boat. But I doubt a Cruise or Navy ship could be built out of rubberized zodiac materials. :-) Also, a zodiac is easier to store and deploy. The polar ships are smaller - crew and passengers approximately around 400 people - so space onboard is more limited than on a regular cruise ship. Check with Fram to see if they offer options other than zodiacs.
  2. ComputerTravelGuy

    Arctic Cruising Without Zodiacs

    The Hurtigruten ship we are taking to Antarctica in December 2018 uses Zodiacs. Believe this is the safer, flexible boat design that’s needed in the polar regions. A zodiac can handle waves from calving icebergs since it can flex.
  3. ComputerTravelGuy

    Flight and Hotel Recommendations?

    IMHO, I would plan on arriving on 12/18 or before so you can see the amazing Buenos Aires city. It also ensures that you are there for the ship’s embarkation on 12/20. If your plane has mechanical issues or there are other schedule delays or weather, you might miss your ship’s departure and be forced to fly or drive to the ship’s next port. I wouldn’t take the risk but spend an extra day recovering from the flight and enjoying this fun city. Russ
  4. ComputerTravelGuy

    Flight and Hotel Recommendations?

    Try the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center at San Martin 1225/1275 In Buenos Aires Buenos. Good recommendations in a good area that’s close to your budget. They accept Starwood points and Marriott points can be easily converted to Starwood points, if you have Marriott points to spare. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. BTW - The best part of this review is Peter Rabbit. Seriously, my wife and I are planning a trip to NZ in 2019. We have two other cruises ahead of our future NZ cruise so lots of time to plan. Looking forward to your next installment. Russ
  6. ComputerTravelGuy

    Reference books?

    The Fram Museum was one of my highlights of Oslo. Beautiful city and a great country to cruise - we’ve been to 9 cities and many sites including Nord Cap! Yes, your basic knowledge of Admundsen and Shackleton expeditions isn’t commonly known by other travelers. We would have to read to catch up.
  7. ComputerTravelGuy

    Reference books?

    Excellent references but IMHO, I always think it’s a good idea to read and prepare before any trip. The more you learn ahead of time, the more you can absorb from the knowledgeable excursion or expedition staff. Besides, researching the history, culture, and environment of a destination is part of the fun of travel. But again, great references and thoughts on Lonely Planet resources. Russ
  8. ComputerTravelGuy

    Reference books?

    I’d recommend Lansing’s book called Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. It’s offered in book, kindle, and audiobook format. It’s detailed and instructive on sailing to Antarctica. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. ComputerTravelGuy

    ATMs: Grytviken, South Georgia

    You’ll need to bring either US$ or British Pounds to pay for excursions and buy local trinkets, food, or beer.
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    ATMs: Grytviken, South Georgia

    Yes, cash for the Falklands. When we landed, we had all sorts of private citizens who took people around the island in private mini-vans for $20 USD. Fun day ending up at a packed British pub with wonderful English and Irish beer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. ComputerTravelGuy

    Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park

    Torres Del Paine NP is a long distance from Punta Arenas and there's a better excursion. I'd recommend seeing Magdalena Island via high speed boat or ferry. Depending on your time of year, you'll see thousands of Penguins (Feb/March timeframe) raising their young. We used the high speed boat via private charter and arrived 45 minutes before the ferry that the cruise line uses. Also, our van load of folks paid half the rate of the ship plus extra time on the island. We also had time to visit Punta Arenas and get a few trinkets. Check Trip Advisor and CC for tour guides - as our trip was 2010 so couldn't recommend a tour guide for 2016/2017 cruise. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Island,_Magallanes_Region
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    My wife & I travel often professionally and need durable bags. We both bring an eBag large bag; one eBag backpack; and one small eBag bag for under the seat. Durable bags that are pricey but very functional with strong zippers Get a small, medium, and large cube as suggested above to help keep your clothes organized, easy to unpack, and unwrinkled. Russ
  13. ComputerTravelGuy

    Luggage Recommendations Please

    We use eBag luggage from computer bags to carry-on to large luggage. I'm a business traveler and a heavy user of these sturdy, well-designed, and long-lasting bags.
  14. ComputerTravelGuy

    Anything new on Harvest Caye?

    As previously asked (but not yet answered), is getting a chair at the beach or by the pool cost $$? Thanks in advance! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I am platinum with NCL and have many happy memories on the Sun, Pearl and Jade from 2008 - 2011. But NCL's push for mega ships and boring itineraries (same old routes) have forced us to leave NCL for other cruise lines. I did recommend in February 2015 to a friend with elementary school kids (new to cruising) to go on an NCL cruise. However, based on the problems mentioned in this and other threads, I'll recommend a more family-oriented cruise line. Very sad since we liked NCL's approach to cruising from 2008 - 2011.