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  1. South America & the Chilean Fjords on the Jupiter. We accepted the slider because it was the last port side PV1 on our desired floor. We were assured it was just as good as the door but that wasn’t our experience at all. The main issue was that despite being a single pane of glass, the positioning of the sofa AND particularly how far the curtains opened, obstructed a great deal of the view. On our AUS/NZ on the Orion, we liked being able to sit and watch from inside when we wanted. You had to go outside for a full picture and parts of SA were pretty brisk. For secondary issues, slider frequently stuck, often needed two hands to open/close, and the latch to lock was finicky. I like always having one hand on my camera gear going in/out of the room, especially in SA where we quite often had rougher seas. HTH!
  2. We’ve had a door and a slider in PV. Hated the slider.
  3. I did have a wet bag just in case, though technically they exclude guaranteeing against camera/electronics. I used it sometimes and kept it out while on the zodiac at others. Caught some great shots deciding to keep it out the last time!
  4. I did the Galapagos extension with Viking in December before my SA cruise. The wet landings in the islands were easy. Ankle to lower calf deep and always two people stabilizing you if needed (I’m perfectly able to do it but was nice with all my camera gear in hand). TBH though, not sure I’d do the Expedition ship as the National Geographic hotel (Finch Bay) that they put us up on was lovely and we had a really nice 20 passenger yacht to take us to each island with a National Geographic naturalist as a secondary guide. It was a much nicer level of individual attention with just 11 of us.
  5. This was a favorite of mine on my recent trip to Boston. If you want to see the lovely courtyard without a gaggle of “influencers” though, prepurchase your ticket online and arrive at least 30 min before the museum opens. Otherwise you’ll be hard pressed to see anything past the mob of younger women in white sundresses and straw hats laying all over the steps for selfies!
  6. noe4laj

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    I took this trip with my mom last year. I’m in her age bracket. Yes, she will definitely be on the younger side of most passengers, though there will be at least some her age, or younger (we had all the way down to a few college age). if you are ok with splitting up on some of the excursions, I did some of the more demanding or on foot options (or explored solo), so that we could both see things at our own pace. for flights, highly recommend Virgin Australia The Business. It was fantastic. Comfortable, great food and sleep. We arrived with virtually no jet lag.
  7. CCWineLover: we are booked for Volunteer Point with Patrick on the same sailing. I’m hoping this gives us extra time to photograph.
  8. Last time I managed with just sea bands and ginger chews all but one night. I had prescription meds then, have to look up what it was. We had really smooth seas the entire trip.
  9. Thank you. I sometimes get hit with motion sickness and worried about being that far back.
  10. We normally stay in PV1 cabin mid-ship, but for the current cruise we are looking at, the only PV1 cabin facing land is pretty far aft. Can anyone speak to noise, vibration, and/or increased movement at the back of the ship?
  11. Having been independently to Iceland, I think this is one country where you can easily book your extension individually and get a much better experience.
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