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I'm very close to booking this (I'm elite and can book today--yeah me)

has anyone been

it has 4 days of scenic cruising..........will we see anything

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You could see ice flows, ice bergs, whales, seals, penguins. For the wildlife it just depends if you are in the right place at the right time.

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I sailed on the Zaandam for 4 days off Antarctica this past December/January and there were scenic sights each and every day! Sea birds that I have never seen before, whales, penguins, an ice flow that was 2 miles long, ice bergs of all sizes, shapes, and colors, fog, rain, mist, sunny blue skies, light snow (some of our Indonesian/Filipino crew were quite excited about that event one afternoon). I came home thinking: I have done that, don't need to visit that area again. I am re-considering! It was that magnificent.

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I booked. I still need to research it. I can't afford the cruise with landings so this maybe the best I get.

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Even without the landings, I think you will be pleased with your experience. No idea what Princess may provide during your voyage, but HAL had a geologist, a biologist, a social scientist, and their own EXC specialist who provided commentary in scenic areas and conducted nearly 1x-2x daily presentations in the main show lounge about the area in which we were sailing. My cruise proved to be more educational than I anticipated.

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Even without the landings, I think you will be pleased with your experience. No idea what Princess may provide during your voyage, but HAL had a geologist, a biologist, a social scientist, and their own EXC specialist who provided commentary in scenic areas and conducted nearly 1x-2x daily presentations in the main show lounge about the area in which we were sailing. My cruise proved to be more educational than I anticipated.

 

I know I will be happy with this. I have been spellbound by "scenic cruising" in places like Milford Sound, Amalia Glacier, Glacier Bay, and so on. And I have no doubt that Princess will have experts on board to prepare us for what we will be experiencing. Am very excited that Princess is returning to this part of the world!

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I sailed on the Zaandam for 4 days off Antarctica this past December/January and there were scenic sights each and every day! Sea birds that I have never seen before, whales, penguins, an ice flow that was 2 miles long, ice bergs of all sizes, shapes, and colors, fog, rain, mist, sunny blue skies, light snow (some of our Indonesian/Filipino crew were quite excited about that event one afternoon). I came home thinking: I have done that, don't need to visit that area again. I am re-considering! It was that magnificent.

 

thank you...........I did book it

being from southern California I would be excited (maybe ) about the snow too!

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I’m sure you will have a good cruise on Princess. In my experience sailing both Princess and HAL in South America and Antarctica, the HAL cruise was exponentially better. My HAL cruise is still one of my all-time top three cruises. Much better overall experience, particularly in ports.

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I booked too! Are you doing the first or second one? We are on the first one and I already started a roll call https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2635412 .

 

I held the one before yours (Christmas) and yours (there are 3). I haven't deposited yet. The one before yours is more expensive but fits better into my work schedule (school calendar).

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I held the one before yours (Christmas) and yours (there are 3). I haven't deposited yet. The one before yours is more expensive but fits better into my work schedule (school calendar).

 

I somehow missed that there was one in December! Thanks for setting me straight. Hope you can be there, it would be nice to meet you.

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I somehow missed that there was one in December! Thanks for setting me straight. Hope you can be there, it would be nice to meet you.

 

I have a friend who will most likely be on your sailing. Likewise - always great to meet fellow CC people.

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I just booked today. Did a very similar one back in 2009 on the Star Princess, even though just a 'Drive by" it was a fantastic cruise. We stopped in front of several bases and scientists came on board for a presentation and lecture I saw more wildlife by far than on any of my Alaska cruises.

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Although we currently have 4 Princess cruises booked, my hubby said that if we are traveling that far, that we are going to land in Antarctica. So we booked a 15-night in April 2017 for December 2018 the the Silversea Cloud luxury expedition ship. 200 pax maximum and 205 crew. Open bar (we don't drink), unlimited Internet but satellite coverage must be sparse down there.

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I am seeing "pricing not available" for all sailings.

 

Is it sold out already?

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I am seeing "pricing not available" for all sailings.

 

Is it sold out already?

 

No - it is still available.

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I booked. I still need to research it. I can't afford the cruise with landings so this maybe the best I get.

 

which date did you book- I'm doing the 21st.

yes will be expensive trip

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Which cruise are you talking about and how long is it?
Antarctia

 

It the Antarctica and cape horn cruise leaving 1/21 (Corral Princess) 16 days

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which date did you book- I'm doing the 21st.

yes will be expensive trip

 

I have holds on December 20 and January 5th. December 20th works with my university schedule better but January 5th I have friends on and is cheaper. I have until this weekend to deposit. I just don't know if my boss will let me miss the beginning of semester (and it would require more vacation time as I have the week of Christmas off). Decisions, decisions.

 

I have a big cruise next month - so I will be focusing on that and then when I get back will look into South America. I have never been and know very little about the area.

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I'm not sure if the itinerary will be the same, but when I was on the Star Princess to Antarctica in 2010, we had four days of scenic cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula. The first day was Elephant Island and the Endurance Glacier. The second day was Antarctic Sound (Iceberg Alley) and Admiralty Bay, where we went by the Artowski Research Station and some scientists came on board. The third day was Gerlache Strait and Neumayer Channel. The fourth day was Deception Island. Lots of amazing scenery! We had several different lecturers and an ice pilot on board, so there were some fascinating presentations.

 

I'd love to do this cruise again, although prices seem a bit steep: the 16-day cruises in 2019/20 are nearly double what I paid for a 20-day cruise in 2010. I'll probably just wait and see if prices drop closer to the sailing date.

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When we were there, a few years ago, we had very good Internet service.

 

Enjoy your Cruise; it is a great experience.

 

Agree. 14-day Antarctica exploration with ten days of landings last year on Hurtigruten Fram we had the best and fastest connectivity of any of cruise ever.

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Have you been on Hurtigruten? It definitely doesn't sound like the usual cruise experience.

 

Its better than the "usual cruise experience" for Antarctic expeditions. Great crews: navigation, housekeeping, food and beverage, and most importantly the professional guides. Excellent food with an additional norwegian twist. Fram is a beautiful small small with stabilizers. Their newest ships are supposed to be magnificent.

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Agree. 14-day Antarctica exploration with ten days of landings last year on Hurtigruten Fram we had the best and fastest connectivity of any of cruise ever.

 

Its better than the "usual cruise experience" for Antarctic expeditions. Great crews: navigation, housekeeping, food and beverage, and most importantly the professional guides. Excellent food with an additional norwegian twist. Fram is a beautiful small small with stabilizers. Their newest ships are supposed to be magnificent.

 

Thank you. I obviously need to look more into it.

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i want this trip so much! lois, coral, azbirdmom, did your TA discount very much? i need to see what mine can do... there's lots of time to save, right? i don't know whether i want to be talked into or out of this!

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i want this trip so much! lois, coral, azbirdmom, did your TA discount very much? i need to see what mine can do... there's lots of time to save, right? i don't know whether i want to be talked into or out of this!

 

Mine did. She has a group and I was VERY happy with the final price!:D

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Mine did. She has a group and I was VERY happy with the final price!:D

i hope we have the same TA!

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i want this trip so much! lois, coral, azbirdmom, did your TA discount very much? i need to see what mine can do... there's lots of time to save, right? i don't know whether i want to be talked into or out of this!

 

Mine did. She has a group and I was VERY happy with the final price!:D

 

I think all 3 of us have the same TA...... She did get group space on the cruise.

 

I don't have a final price as I have 2 held and told her to hold off on a price until I decide.

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I think all 3 of us have the same TA...... She did get group space on the cruise.

 

I don't have a final price as I have 2 held and told her to hold off on a price until I decide.

my TA is checking for me now. i get the "pricing unavailable" notice when i look on princess. weird because i could see the prices yesterday.

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Yeah, I too was getting the "unavailable" notice though a Princess rep said pricing should be available to everyone, Elite and non-, by 9 am Pacfic. She also said some but not all TAs could book it, as could Princess directly. Called my TA, got the cabin I wanted booked with no problem.

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I am seeing "pricing not available" for all sailings.

 

Is it sold out already?

It said that for me too, my Travel agent was able to get the price from Princess- maybe this was due to yesterday was for elites only. I haven't looked today

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i want this trip so much! lois, coral, azbirdmom, did your TA discount very much? i need to see what mine can do... there's lots of time to save, right? i don't know whether i want to be talked into or out of this!

 

my e mail address is lois 1112 at aol dot com (no spaces and real dot)

I did not get a discount- but I have had my travel agent for years and as soon as a sale/ price drop happens she will get that price for me

 

My last cruise I was able to get it down by about $2000 (with the perks they gave me) (Panama Canal)

 

Princess did tell her it would sell out fast (and I believe it)

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Have you been on Hurtigruten? It definitely doesn't sound like the usual cruise experience.

 

Yes. Hurtigruten sends a ferry or two to Antarctica during the winter. The ship holds about 350 pax and we were broken up into 4 groups. Group A went ashore first at the first stop, followed by groups B, C and D as pax from each preceding group returned to the ship.

 

At the second stop Group B went ashore first.

 

We liked the fact they don't use Zodiacs but small motor boats instead. Easier to get into and out of.

 

Food was excellent. And went we went there was a self-serve ice cream freezer :D

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Yes. Hurtigruten sends a ferry or two to Antarctica during the winter. The ship holds about 350 pax and we were broken up into 4 groups. Group A went ashore first at the first stop, followed by groups B, C and D as pax from each preceding group returned to the ship.

 

At the second stop Group B went ashore first.

 

We liked the fact they don't use Zodiacs but small motor boats instead. Easier to get into and out of.

 

Food was excellent. And went we went there was a self-serve ice cream freezer :D

 

The ships used in Arctic/Antarctic waters are NOT "ferries." They are ice rated polar expedition ships. Fram is a wonderful expedition ship and holds about 200 explorers. Midnatsol is larger and can carry 350. The new polar ice rated ships coming in 2019 are very modern designs eco-friendly and also dedicated to polar exploration. Additionally, Antarctic travel is conducted during the souther SUMMER, not winter.

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The ships used in Arctic/Antarctic waters are NOT "ferries." They are ice rated polar expedition ships. Fram is a wonderful expedition ship and holds about 200 explorers. Midnatsol is larger and can carry 350. The new polar ice rated ships coming in 2019 are very modern designs eco-friendly and also dedicated to polar exploration. Additionally, Antarctic travel is conducted during the souther SUMMER, not winter.

 

 

I certainly wasn't clear ... the ships go south during the NORTHERN winter ... yes southern summer.

 

And the ship we were on, the MS Nordnorge is a ferry, or at least was used that way. The car deck was used to store thePolarcirkel boats used for landings.

 

And I just looked her up. Looks like she is not used as a ferry anymore but strictly as an expedition ship. We went a bunch of years ago.



 

 

So I guess we are both right :)

 

 

(Sorry about the formatting ... don't know what I did)

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