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Forum: Antarctica
Posted By dpro
Drake Rattle and Roll
We crossed the Drake in February of 2010 and the captain said it was the "second worse crossing for that season". We had 50' plus seas and hurricane force wind. Wife was thrown out of her reading...
Which Trip
We have been to both, Alaska 3 times and going back to AA next year. Antarctica is by leaps and bounds ahead of Alaska for sheer beauty. The excursions is the icing on the cake.
I agree, we went on the Fram in 2010 for the...
I agree, we went on the Fram in 2010 for the "Shackleton Route", AA, S. Georgia, Falklands, etc. The ship only had 268 on board. We never had any problems with excursions. Once we got ashore, we...
Fram needed a little help with the ice
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-21140661
I guess this depends on how deep your pockets...
I guess this depends on how deep your pockets are. We got a great deal for the Fram, had as much times as we wanted onshore, food was good, nice, stabilized, ship, and crew was outstanding. Also we...
Yes, the Fram does supply boots. We did the...
Yes, the Fram does supply boots.

We did the Fram on the Shackleton Route in Feb of 2010. After we crossed the "Drake Shake", we were told by the captain it was the 2d worse crossing of that year,...
We experienced colder weather when we lived in...
We experienced colder weather when we lived in Connecticut than we ever did in AA. Many days we were in shirtsleeves on deck. The coldest times were in the zodiacs with the wind chill, which only...
We went with Hurtigruten on the Shackleton Route,...
We went with Hurtigruten on the Shackleton Route, it was awesome. Some during our research thought that since the Fram carried more than about 100 passengers, our time on shore would be affected,...
We wore water resistant lined shell pants, like...
We wore water resistant lined shell pants, like you get at Academy or similar, they worked fine. You will be fine, in fact you may have gone overboard a bit on pants. I would splurge on the gloves...
It is unfortunate you don't have time for SG &...
It is unfortunate you don't have time for SG & the Falklands, as the wildlife there is outstanding. We were on the Fram in 2010, if you want a more detailed report and pictures, go here: ...
We went with Hurtigruten, they had the lectures &...
We went with Hurtigruten, they had the lectures & activities, etc. We had plenty of time on our own, you can choose to attend the lectures or not. Mostly we did not. The lectures were not that long...
Forum: Antarctica
Posted By dpro
We wore our leather jackets and a light sweater...
We wore our leather jackets and a light sweater most of the time while on deck, if misty or more wind, we wore our waterproof shell. Most others had some type of shell or windbreaker on and...
Forum: Antarctica
Posted By dpro
We took a BP to hold our two DSLR cameras, and...
We took a BP to hold our two DSLR cameras, and water. It came in handy to store gear we wore while in the zodiacs but did not need to wear on shore.
It would be like seeing the Grand Canyon from a...
It would be like seeing the Grand Canyon from a helo. You won't set foot on Antarctica on a "drive-by" cruise ship.

Rc
Forum: Antarctica
Posted By dpro
When I was an outdoor gear tester, we tested the...
When I was an outdoor gear tester, we tested the Aloksak Waterproof Bags and they were exceptional at keeping gear dry. You can do a search, they come in many different sizes and are reasonably...
Forum: Antarctica
Posted By dpro
Long johns - nylon travel pants - waterproof...
Long johns - nylon travel pants - waterproof pants.

Too much clothing can impair your agility so layers are best. Also, there was an ongoing debate on whether to wear the pants inside or...
Forum: Antarctica
Posted By dpro
We generally brought to many clothes and to many...
We generally brought to many clothes and to many "spare or backup" items.
The best thing we brought was spare memory cards for the cameras, and a small pocket camera to use while on the zodiacs.
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Forum: Antarctica
Posted By dpro
Haven't been on this ship, however we went on the...
Haven't been on this ship, however we went on the Fram, a ship with stabilizers. It all depends on the weather, we had 50' seas and hurricane winds on part of our journey and many got seasick. Some...
We were in AA in February 2010. Many days we...
We were in AA in February 2010. Many days we just wore long sleeves on the boat. Nice and cool, (we live in Texas, so cool is always welcome). It is an absolute stunning place, we are going back...
Get a private guide for St. Petersburg. We used...
Get a private guide for St. Petersburg. We used Red October for two days. Absolutely great guide service and nothing like having a local guide who made stops that our ships' tours couldn't do. No...
Any Past Antarctic Cruisers on Fram?
Searching for someone who has done AA on the Fram, and flew back from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires. We are doing a second trip down next year, our first trip we sailed back to Buenos Aires. We are...
Our TA indicates the meeting place for transfers...
Our TA indicates the meeting place for transfers to the airport is the Emperador Hotel, and that we must purchase the transfers. No info on costs.
That is disappointing, as we are on the Jan 2014...
That is disappointing, as we are on the Jan 2014 sailing. There are a lot of changes since our 2010 trip, no more hotels before or after the trip, and maybe some transfers are not included, not to...
Are you part of that group for Hurtigruten? We...
Are you part of that group for Hurtigruten? We tried to book the Feb 2014 date but were told it was a group sailing and no cabins available. We ended up with the Jan 22 sailing.
We are also going again in 2014, we booked today...
We are also going again in 2014, we booked today for the Polar Quest itinerary on the Fram. What is your date and your itinerary if you don't mind us asking.

RonC