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About Jacqueline

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    Katonah,NY, USA
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    Traveling, Cooking, Diving, gardening
  1. Jacqueline

    Which line to choose?

    And when we posed this question to the scientists they laughed. A few hundred visitors to the Kamchatka Peninsula in The Russian Far East are not at the top of the lists of threats posed to these regions. Most people who take these trips are ardent naturalists on careful managed expeditions. Even most all the trips to Antarctica are just for a few days to the outermost edges of this continent. If people are lucky they might get off the ship twice a day for 50 minutes l. Even then, landings are highly regulated and people can walk along a very narrow band of the earth. Pull up a map and you will see how minuscule footprint is and where the South Shetland Islands are. Ice and weather preclude most travel to points beyond. The reason that landings are never listed in itineraries is that there are no guarantees. Special fuel that is many times the cost must be used. And all garbage is carried out. All your cruising outside these areas uses polluting marine grade oil, a true environmental hazard. I wouldn’t make an argument that cruising is a low impact environmental vacation. Heavy fuel has such a host of negative impacts, including the air quality. For example, Southampton has a high source of air pollution exceeding air quality guidelines as the engines run even in port . We had 21 days of lectures by scientists on my last cruise. I can talk about the cigarette butts thrown into the water in Asia and how they are poisoning the reefs with carcinogens l. Then, we can talk about those places being ruined, like Venice not just by water but by excessive tourism especially by cruise ships I’m not criticizing anyone’s choice to spend $1000 a day. I’m going to Africa in March and the per person per diem in Botswana easily exceeds that.
  2. Jacqueline

    Which line to choose?

    The only time I would look at a per diem of $1000 a night per person is on an expedition ship, as there is a lot of value provided in all the included activities on zodiacs with specialists. But this is a luxury CC board, so the sky is the limit and your mileage may vary. I’m sure that many people have no interest in expedition ships, for example, but it’s an interesting trend that many lines are participating in. Driving it, I believe are a demographic that has done all the European m Baltic, etc cruise and wants to explore further in comfort.
  3. Jacqueline

    Which line to choose?

    As a quick aside, I would only take information and tips from the cc boards. Disregard tone which is typically set by a very few posters and the cc world is a but tiny fraction of who you will meet onboard. There few people who are very active on a cc board with strong opinions but they are a sample size of one. I wouldn’t write off a cruise line because of an overzealous cheerleader OR critic.
  4. Yes, this is surely subjective. On the Queen Mary, I did a round trip transatlantic. It was 16 days, with one port and a turn around day in South Hampton. I kept to a routine including walking , going to the gym, hydro pool and reading with maybe one lecture a day. Worked well, esp as I was recovering from a broken hip. on the other hand I had 7 sea days on a small expedition ship with just over 140 passengers and despite my best efforts was going a bit mad by the end. The food and service was five star but it was a 21 day cruise so at the tail end of a marvelous trip. This is a case of your mileage may vary. I think a round the world cruise would hold my attention much better than doing a seven day Caribbean cruise over and over for the same length of time, as there would be a deadly amount of repetition. I think I would need to shoot out the speakers making announcements in my cabin. On my 21 day cruise, not one menu repeated except for breakfast. Even lunch was themed and switched up.
  5. Jacqueline

    Antarctica Live On Board

    Fabulous pictures and it is a great itinerary. We had 10 meter seas and the staff acknowledged it was rough but not notably so. It’s an interesting question as to what kind of seas make a passage dangerous and which ships can make the crossing in these conditions, It is certainly uncomfortable and it’s nearly inevitable that people can get hurt as the conditions worsen, But what happens if this is at the end of the voyage on the return from Antartica?
  6. Wow... I guess that they are so booked that they thought they could fill another ship. Will it be international or German?
  7. Jacqueline

    Which line to choose?

    Problem solved. We will store our luggage in Cairo and take small dufffles to Botswana for the week. I am a dress code person and respect that. I actually bring multiple gowns in the QM. I will give them feedback on my opinion. There actually are very few “luxury”choices in Egypt as tourism plummeted. It’s not like regular river cruising. Not a lot of options for what we wanted to do which was not be on a group tour with 30 other people for the land portion of the trip. Many lines bundle it. With Abercrombie and Kent we could do an a la cart option. Anyhow, I will give them my feedback on their forms.
  8. Jacqueline

    Viking Buyer Be Aware

    I understand that the average consumer when booking a vacation package with insurance through the provider would implicitly believe that they had all bases covered. I’m struck by the lack of compassion here, its not right to blame the victim, although by doing so, one might feel that this wouldn’t happen to themselves. When a lot of stuff is going wrong, it’s stressful and not so easy to make the decision that you would make in hindsight. I broke my hip in and had surgery in a third world hospital. In hindsight, I would say that given the stress and pain I was experiencing, let alone the risks both ways, my choices were the right ones,. it would take days to get a plane to my destination that could evacuate me. The mountains and wind shears required a special navigator. BTW its arrogant to say that “everyone” speaks English. Lots of cab drivers are from other parts of the EU and beyond. Who knows how much vocabulary they have. On the TA part. Its not a bad idea to have a contact point, although with time changes and weekend hours, they might not be there when you need them.
  9. Jacqueline

    Jacket required on Sanctuary River Cruise NILE

    Right? ! We added another ten days to our trip after everything, incl air was booked, so that changed the way I looked at the jacket situation. I’m sure they can put food on a plate without the gloves and serve us somewhere else.
  10. I know that I should probably talk to Abercrombie and Kent but they probably have no idea, other than what is printed in their brochure. The itinerary calls for a jacket one night. I’m spending a month in Egypt/Africa and am trying to travel light (we have something like four long flights and another 6 short hops). Any idea whether a dress shirt will mean we get no dinner? Unlike cruise ships, there isn’t an alternative venue.
  11. Jacqueline

    Which line to choose?

    I will go out on a limb and ask advice! We are spending, the month of March traveling. Our primary focus is Egypt. We will be in the Sanctuary river boat which has one night at dinner where a jacket is required. Since we are doing back to back (both ways , up and down the Nile), this would mean two nights out of the entire month. Otherwise we are touring or at the beach. We then have an additional week in Botswana in game camps (going RT through Cairo to Botswana and back). I am really hesitant to have my other half pack up something so combersome, that we will be dragging all over the place. This man is a clothes horse. He is getting shoes custom made in Vienna and flying back for a fitting. He enjoys his sartorial splendor. I am hoping to find a place to stash our stuff in Cairo but there is no storage at the airport. Is it so awful if he wears a dress shirt to dinner without a jacket on an Egyptian river cruise?
  12. Jacqueline

    Just booked Ritz Carlton Yachts

    Sometimes I don’t care where I am going as long as I can swim, snorkel and scuba dive. Nothing wrong with that. Living in the Northeast, it’s nice to get a break. I’m fortunate enough to take a few trips a year, so perhaps that makes a difference.
  13. No doubt that need to take ads or something for this to happen? In any event, it would be a great thing. Whoever is on the sales team for CC needs to approach them. There are boards for all sorts of silly stuff. My favorite is “Cruising over 55”.
  14. Jacqueline

    Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Preview of 2020-2021 Itineraries.

    I had not thought of a mini fan! Good idea. I don’t know how hot or humid the Amazon is but it is in a rainforest and it’s rainy season, so enough said! I agree that the Germans like it warm. I was overheated most of the time in Antartica. There are photos of me with my parka open. My chance to cool down! In fairness, we did exercise classes out on the open decks. The difference was how bundled up the Germans were! Still I am intrigued by this itinerary, and will just travel prepared. Start by getting a good keratin treatment for my hair!
  15. Jacqueline

    Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Preview of 2020-2021 Itineraries.

    I’m in NY and booked my Antartic trip of last February directly through the the German office and just put a deposit down on a 2020 Amazon river cruise. I have a had a good experiences emailing with them. They have promptly gotten back to me, even with some interesting questions. I really hate the heat and like to sleep in a cool room. One reason the Amazon is a bit tricky, but I love nature more. When looking through the A to Z FAQ on the website, I see that even on the new ships that they do not guarantee a cool bedroom. The team in Germany told me that while the air conditioning will be state of the art, after weeks in a hot climate, the temp could reach 75. Then I went back and asked them if I could bring a fan with me on the ships as that was just too warm. They got back to me that they had contacted the captain (or a captain) and related that it was ok, but that it would need to be registered before flying out of Iquitos... So I guess I will stick to my German HL booking team ! Since these are new ships there are a lot of unknowns.