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  1. Some photos from our week-long visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota. From the Needles Highway Mt Rushmore ... Avenue of Flags Mountain goat with kid ... Spearfish Canyon Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Canyon Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Canyon Mural (in Wheatland, Wyoming) Mural (in Wheatland, Wyoming) Edgemont Covered Bridge Bison in Custer State Park Bison Herd panorama ... Custer State Park Mt Rushmore Breakfast with the Presidents Mural in Lead Bison in Custer State Park White-tailed Deer Fawn Yellow Mounds in Badlands National Park Stave Church in Rapid City Painted bison sculpture in Custer City Cedar Waxwing ... Spearfish Canyon
  2. We did a 3-week cruise on an expedition vessel that included the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Peninsula in 2007. In 2015, we did a 30-day expedition vessel cruise from Ushuaia to New Zealand by way of the Ross Sea. Loved every second of both, with zodiac cruises, landings, and in the latter case, helicopter rides. I’d say the only way to visit Antarctica is by expedition vessel with landings. No other experience compares. Both trips were in January. One thing you need to research is whether the ship meets the new standards for vessels cruising in Antarctica. (Not just landing, but sailing in those waters). I believe these new rules go into effect for the 2022 Antarctic season. There are discussions on the Antarctica board that might have links to help you. Also the IAATO may have listings of ships that qualify under the new rules. A number of cruise lines that are still offering/selling Antarctic drive-by cruises (such as the one on Marina) will technically not qualify under the new rules and will likely change their itineraries. I have no idea whether Marina does or not.
  3. I don’t recall the tour company we went with off-hand, but we did have to switch drivers/guides in 2017 to go from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. I vaguely remember some requirement to at least visit a shop, too ... actual shopping not necessary.
  4. We were in this cabin for the world cruise in 2017. What specifically are you interested in view-wise? I love the aft cabins, but unlike our experience on Nautica (or on other cruise lines), we had a lot of fumes on the veranda on Insignia ... sometimes seeping into the cabin even when the veranda door was closed tight. There were several nights during the cruise when we were given another cabin to sleep in overnight. Luckily, the problem was intermittent.
  5. Quark for peninsula and South Georgia ... also Oceanwide Expeditions (which does Ross Sea Ushuaia-NZ for 30 days and carries helicopters for some landings, including the Dry Valleys ... all weather dependent, of course).
  6. From our camping trip at a nearby military Rec area. Proud papa mallard ... ... watching mama escorting their brood. Broad-tailed hummingbird Wedding Ridge with Pikes Peak and the Front Range Boulder raspberry flower Red fox in someone’s front yard in Woodland Park Mule Deer visiting us at our campsite Mountain bluebird Sapphire Lake Views from Pikeview Trail Lake Grace Some sort of fritillary (?)
  7. Got refund onJune 3 for May 25 cruise paid in full. Oceania canceled on April 24. We had until May 8 to decide on FCC or refund ... took the FCC. The refund is for the taxes and fees. 40 days from date of cancelation for the refund to post to my Visa.
  8. We did a tour that took us out by boat and brought us back by floatplane. This was in June 2001 though, so not sure if still offered. I much preferred the aerial views, though the Or a encounter when we were on the boat was amazing. Best of both worlds.
  9. On the tree in front of our house.
  10. Just got an email confirming cancelation of our May 25 cruise. Bits and pieces from the lengthy email ... " ... we have extended the suspension of global voyages to include sailings embarking through June 30, 2020.. As a result, your upcoming voyage is cancelled." "To make up for the inconvenience of this suspension, guests who are currently booked on voyages with embarkation dates from May 15 to June 30, 2020 will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of the cruise fare paid. This is our way of providing even more value to our loyal guests to cruise with us at a later date. This Future Cruise Credit is valid for one year from date issued and applicable towards all published sailings through December 31, 2022. All Future Cruise Credits will automatically be processed to your Oceania Club profile after May 8, 2020. For guests who prefer to forfeit the higher value of the 125% Future Cruise Credit, a lower value full refund option is available. Those guests can request a refund of the fare paid to be reimbursed to the original form of payment 90 days after the request. Please contact us no later than close of business on May 8, 2020 to request a refund."
  11. Bobcat in a tree in our neighborhood.
  12. I cant's speak to your cabin choice, but I blogged about our 2017 RTW on Insignia ... the link is in my signature. Also, here's the link to the roll call for the 2022 voyage. Come and join us there.
  13. So sorry to hear this ... thoughts and prayers go to everyone who is dealing with this crisis, but especially for those who have COVID-19.
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