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RockyandMoose

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    USA
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    Travel, food and music, boxing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal and Scenic
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Antarctica

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  1. Enjoy every minute. The ship and crew certainly are worthy of lots of WOWs! And thanks for bringing us along with your postings.
  2. We would do 3 and 4. The falklands are. Best explored on land where you can interact with the penguins
  3. Tahoe traveler. By our calculation you’ve been on the ship almost a week and we haven’t heard a peep! Are you having so much fun that you don’t have any time to report? Hopefully you made the ship and all is well. Continue to enjoy but do let us in on the fun so that we can enjoy it vicariously.
  4. In referring to the four combinations I am presuming you were referring to the fact that there are both short and long sessions on the helicopters. There is only one duration as far as I recall with the submarine. Having been to antArctica before I would recommend talking with the submarine Captain to see whether he feels that the views will be good or that it would be better to see the sights from the air. I could see doing a short session on the helicopter and a session on the submarine as a good way of experiencing both adventures. For us the issue of clarity of the water makes a big difference in deciding whether to dive on the submarine. If there are strong currents or other ships in the area which would disturb the ocean floor and make it hard to see the sea life and other things under the water then it’s best to skip The submarine. When we embarked on our cruise in September we had to speed to doing the submarine only. When the only day for the submarine originally planned was scratched because the weather we then decided we wanted to experience something exciting in terms of adventures and opted for the helicopter. After we rode on the helicopter within a day or so scenic announced that it had made arrangements for another day for the submarine to dive so we went and did that as well. We enjoyed both tremendously and are looking forward particularly to using the submarine The submarine. When we embarked on our cruise in September we anticipated doing the submarine only. When the only day for the submarine originally planned was scratched because the weather we then decided we wanted to experience something exciting in terms of adventures and opted for the helicopter. After we wrote on the helicopter within a day or so scenic announced that it had made arrangements for another day for the submarine to dive so we went and did that as well. We enjoyed both tremendously and are looking forward particularly to using the submarineOn one of our upcoming Cruises which will have us more north first in the Arctic archipelago and then in the Northwest passage where we expect of the seas may be a bit more steel and visibility might be vastly improved. Whichever choice you make we are sure you will have a wonderful time. The pilots and crew are extremely experienced, extremely conservative and make even the most anxious of first time adventurers feel very comfortable and reassured.
  5. Bon voyage. We are confident that you will have an amazing time! We will be particularly interested in additions to the state rooms, new art around the ship and news about new programs instituted since we were on board back in September. Have a great time and don’t forget to write!😀
  6. We just recently sailed on the Scenic Eclipse And while it has 10 dining options, there are no names associated with the venues nor frankly are big names needed. The food speaks volumes for itself as does the diversity of dining options all at no additional charge. With 34 chefs from around the globe on board from various countries and a 31-year-old executive chef Tom Goetter who is a veritable wunderkind in charge, every meal was a gustatory delight, the menus in the Restaurants onboard change every three days and the kitchen is working with over 2200 recipes to feed 200 passengers during each cruise. This in addition to eight lounges and bars!It was designed to be and truly is akin to the experience of sailing on a billionaire’s yacht.
  7. We have friends who are magician members of the Magic Castle and we had dinner with them last evening. They advised that due to popularity, it is very hard for even the members to get reservations quickly at the castle. It is taking some times as much is 2 1/2 months to get an available dinner date. Weekend brunches are sold out for the first two of the three seatings regularly and around the holidays it is even worse. In answer to complaints from members, the castle is holding aside a certain amount of seats on a very limited basis which are priority marked for members but in some instances the members have to call back daily for a week or more in order to see if space is available as the limited seats you’re marked for members go quickly. At one time the castle had hit very hard times and attracting new members was a problematic. While not entirely attributable to him, the presidency of the Academy of magical arts, when Neil Patrick Harris took over ushered in a new era of enthusiasm and younger generation individuals applying for magician membership and associate membership status. That is good news for the castle while at the same time the overwhelming uptick in new business has required older members to rethink their way of planning to dine at the Castle. More. simply put, all who wish to attend an evening or a brunch at the castle need to plan way in advance. For better or for worse, the days of calling on Monday about attending that Thursday are long gone. Finally the poster referenced the law in the state of California is correct. The tickets have no expiration date on them and therefore do not expire though the castle can control how many Crystal guests The castle allows in on any given day or dates. All that being said it is always a great evening with very good food and wonderful magical talent on display at every corner and every theater and well worth planning in advance to attend.
  8. We understand exactly. Luggage Forward can transport from Ushuaia to CA. Maybe luggage concierge does too. That may be cheaper than the extra luggage fees charged by the airlines. We have never used either service but it may be an option. For steaks in B.A. check out Parrila Cero 5 for lunch or dinner!
  9. Just so you know, we did not tag our roll on luggage nor did Scenic ask us to do so as it was always with us. And remember they have both free self service laundry and paid laundry onboard which may allow you to take a lot less. Please keep the cruise critic website updated so everybody can learn of how this works out and enjoy your impressions of your cruise once you are onboard. We loved our Antarctica cruise even though it was on a larger ship. And the steaks in Buenos Aires are not to be missed! Best beef in the world.
  10. Are you relying on the scenic terms and conditions page or have you contacted the airline directly to find out what their excess baggage policy is? The terms and conditions page on the scenic reservation is not really necessarily controlling. And it is inartfully phrased it best. I have two suggestions for you. The first is that you have your travel agent or you yourself call Scenic’s North America offices in Boston Massachusetts and speak to their guest services director or have your travel agent do so . The second suggestion is for you to call the airline directly to get an answer from them and take a look at seat guru to get the configuration of the plane to get a better idea if it is going to be a fairly large plane like a 737 or a very small plane like a regional jet. This will help you better determine what to do. As the last idea I wonder if you might want to contact an organization like luggage forward or luggage Concierge to see if they could pick up The other bag from the ship on disembarkation and ship it home to you. These are just suggestions. One thing that surprised us when we received our box with the various gifts, vouchers and other materials from scenic which constituted our cruise ticket delivery was the fact that they provided us with six baggage tags even though the terms and conditions implied that the two of us could bring a total of two pieces each including our roll-on’s suitcases.… I.e. one suitcase each and one roll-on each. We ended up bringing three suitcases, two roll-on‘s and a personal item/backpack for my wife and had no problem with the airlines nor with scenic nor any related porterage. within the past week we had a situation concerning an upcoming cruise on the ship and a slight complication which was a substantial concern. Our travel agent was able to make contact within 48 hours with someone at scenic who is absolutely in authority out of their Boston office and we had a written reply which out for all the reassurance we needed and then some. We hope this information will be helpful to you and encouraging as you see clarification. btw, According to the airlines website for the airline you mentioned which I believe is probably correctly called Aerolinas Argentinas with the exception of the 3:50 PM flight in the afternoon which uses in Embraer aircraft all the rest of their flights are on 737 aircraft. These planes hold a lot of people and can hold a lot of luggage. Check with the airline directly because ultimately when it is time to check in at the airport you will have to go to the counter with your bags to check in. The ship may get your bags to the airport and help unload them from the bus but then you will have to obtain your boarding pass and luggage tags from the airline representative which most likely I would think, but I cannot guarantee, would allow you to pay for extra baggage unless the airline restricts the amount of bags based on the class of service on the aircraft that you have for your reservation i.e. first class or coach. Good luck and have a great time!
  11. Remember you can bring more than one suitcase. The bed can hold 4 large suitcases under it while onboard!
  12. Hi Tami, while the lobby lounge boasts a substantial collection of whiskeys, in fact it is a full-service bar with all kinds of spirits and wine selections in addition to the very substantial amount of whiskey offerings. The lobby lounge bar is the most varied of all the bars on the ship. There is a separate champagne bar in Lumiere, a wine bar only in elements. The yacht club bar also has extensive offerings and also makes available hot drinks such as cappuccino, lattes etc. and the added bonus of the lobby lounge is that there is a great piano and vocalist to do all that entertains during cocktail hour and after dinner until almost 1130 or 12 at night and lots of areas where you can sit and meet or spend time with passengers you come to meet on board. There is also a coffee maker that can make various times of plain and fancy coffees and teas for guest use adjacent to the bar in the lobby lounge. Suffering from thirst is not an option on the eclipse! Something to drink is always just a few steps away be an alcoholic or nonalcoholic! And don’t forget that in addition to the duo in the lobby lounge area there are performances at least four times on a typical 10 day cruise – – when we were on board we saw a quartet from the Boston symphony, a quintet from the Halifax Symphony and the ships on entertainment hostess performed a night of classical music and a night of Broadway tunes both of which were outstanding as were the professional groups from the local Symphony orchestraS.
  13. Glad to hear you are having a great time and we take great pleasure in saying WE TOLD YOU IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!
  14. Towel animal had chef's table a night or two ago and Tom was the chef. Perhaps he took a night off, or perhaps, having been onboard for a very long stretch, he now gets a vacation. OR perhaps demand is so great that more than one Chef can host? What was the menu? That may tell us if other chefs are taking turns or this is Tom's protege or something else? Please let us know. We know that Tom handled the dinner when Holy Roller was there because as reported above, they had a conversation about how Tom's food was so familiar and of the same spirit and technique as Heston Blumenthal.
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