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  • Location
    Des Moines, IA
  • Interests
    Hiking, camping, bicycling, backpacking, snowshoeing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska and New England

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  1. If you’re looking for a roll call, you might need to start one. 😊
  2. An update was just published by a travel writer onboard the WN, with additional details about “All Inclusive, All the Way”. https://thepointsguy.com/guide/atlas-world-navigator-cruise-ship-first-look/
  3. Thanks everyone for your input. It turned out that I needed a new tripod for home use anyway, so I bought one suitable for both home and travel. I’d still like to hear more views on bringing one to Antarctica.
  4. I’m booked on a small ship and contemplating whether to bring a travel tripod for photography. At this point I’m not expecting to bring it ashore for excursions, but rather using it just aboard ship to minimize camera shake on telephoto and high shutter speed shots. The ship is the World Navigator (Atlas Ocean Voyages), which has the capability of using low-impact hydrojet propulsion which hopefully reduces engine vibration that could be picked up by the camera. I’m thinking of using something inobtrusive so as not to trip up other travelers, but before I cough up the $, would like input.
  5. Good discussion to get started, thanks. I found this website that tracks case counts, vaccine rates, etc. in Argentina. Numbers are still high, but falling. https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/argentina/
  6. Lowered from Level 4 (very high risk) to Level 3 (high risk). It’s going in the right direction, but will the trend continue? https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-3/coronavirus-cruise-ship
  7. I chuckled at scottjeanne’s comment about time spent—I’ve done the same! Looks like the link for the topic on whether going to Antarctica is worth it isn’t working so well. If you don’t want to root around the lonely planet site for the post, here’s a substitute: https://www.fodors.com/community/mexico-and-central-america/is-antarctica-worth-it-303137/
  8. I’ve put together some references and resources for planning a trip to Antarctica. Please add more if you find them. Thanks. Excellent, very informative video about traveling to Antarctica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ0tsHM34hk&t=2918s. Allow at least two hours to watch it. Fast forward to just under the 10 minute mark to bypass webinar “housekeeping” information. If you don’t want to be convinced to go, don’t watch it! 😉 Thread on whether going to Antarctica is worth it. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/australasia-pacific-australia-new-zealand-antarctica/topics/is-antarctica-worth-what-you-have-to-go-through-to-get-there How a cruise to Antarctica works. https://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/how-to-cruise-to-antarctica/ IAATO regs and info for visitors on what to expect. https://iaato.org/visiting-antarctica/ U.S. Dept. of State info on travel to/from Argentina (often the embarkation point) during COVID. https://ar.usembassy.gov/covid-19/ Travel tips for Antarctica. https://www.lengthytravel.com/travel-tips-antarctica-antrtidatravel-guide/ Very good guide with facts, recommendations, photos, and travel info. https://www.coolantarctica.com/index.php. Click the “menu” links across the top of the page to see numerous drop down subsections. List of Antarctica links on TripAdvisor. https://antarcticafaqs.boards.net Weather and climate. https://www.climate.gov/news-features/features/antarctica-colder-arctic-it’s-still-losing-ice
  9. From the “Q&A with Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages” post at the top of the Atlas forum section: and
  10. Agree with you on that, keokukjoe. Great find!
  11. Great video, thanks for posting it! I’m not on a Med cruise, but I am booked on an Antarctica cruise and this was most interesting. Getting more excited by the day! 😃
  12. Lithium batteries work better in the cold, if your camera accepts them. 🙂
  13. Thanks, I appreciate the input! I’m booked with the brand new Atlas cruise line and they are still getting up and running, so details aren’t yet available. Hadn’t considered disinfection, so my (expensive high end) gear will stay home! I imagine I’ll need a sleep mask since it won’t get dark out. Long daylight hours certainly convinced my circadian rhythms to keep me awake when I went to Alaska. Would love to be joined by seals! 😍
  14. Has anyone done a camping excursion while cruising to Antarctica? I’m booked on a January 2022 small ship trip and as a Midwest winter camper, am seriously considering doing the camping excursion. What gear is provided? What did you have to bring? Are there women-specific temperature ratings on the provided gear? I’m hoping that sleeping bags and sleeping pads are provided as bringing my own would take up too much space in the luggage. Thanks!
  15. Access to airport lounges? Sweeeeet! I did not know they have a $300 annual credit. Will have to take a closer look at the perks! Thanks mchell810!
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