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Cruising to Antarctica and South America with many photos

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34 minutes ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

More great pictures.

 

Love the background for the cash machine.

 

Thank you . We had tried to use the ATM the previous Sunday in EZE the BA airport and they didn't work . We thought that the iceberg machine in the El Calafate  airport on Sunday might work - but it didn't .

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We had used the HAL bus transport from the Santiago airport to the cruise ship on our last visit in 2013 and we had hoped for a more enhanced and private tour .

 

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We had a recommendation for Personal Tours Chile and we contacted and agreed with them for a visit to a winery and a local lunch before our transport to the ship . They were another no show . (He later said he was there, but we could not find him). When contacting them from the airport we were told that we were scheduled to meet at 2 PM instead of 9 AM . This was contrary to our agreement . Plan B became to catch a ride to the port and arrive early at the ship . We thought that we had a legitimate cab and agreed on a price before entering the car . However after leaving the airport we stopped at a gas station and the person who "booked" our cab and a 3rd guy showed up demanding full payment and threatening to leave us if we didn't pay.  DW tried 2 ATM's they took us to, thankfully didn't work. Then our credit card, and that didn't work. They agreed to take pesos but with a new price. Long story short, we agreed on a "lower" price and made a white knuckle ride to the port. Later to find out they are"Taxi Pirates" and they did manage to get only a couple hundred USD from our bank. Our bank was alerted and we were refunded the amount.  I guess we were lucky. 

We splurged on this vacation including booking the last available Neptune Suite on the Port side  7030 . One of the perks is Priority boarding but we could't find a priority boarding line and we were told to just get in line 

 

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Fortunately my DW saw a lady who worked for HAL who moved us up to security . When we got to check in they did have priority boarding area to the right of this line .

 

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And after surrendering our passport we were put on a bus that took us to the ship

 

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One of my thoughts was I love how quiet and serene everything looks.  Can you imagine living in one of the small towns, how peaceful it would be, and to have all of that beauty around you.

 

Lots of flying for ya'll! That stinks about the taxi and lack of communication.  You seem to go with the flow and handle it all well.

 

Looking forward to more.

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1 hour ago, Walt fan said:

One of my thoughts was I love how quiet and serene everything looks.  Can you imagine living in one of the small towns, how peaceful it would be, and to have all of that beauty around you.

 

Lots of flying for ya'll! That stinks about the taxi and lack of communication.  You seem to go with the flow and handle it all well.

 

Looking forward to more.

 

We can only imagine , but it would be nice . It was a lot of flying and we were ready for the cruise . Hopefully other people will avoid the taxi issues by being aware of who to use and who to avoid .

Let's cruise shall we .

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DW loved the in room coffee

 

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Between the bedroom and the bathroom was a vanity and closets behind the mirrors

 

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Our room had the elevators to the left and the stairs to the right in this photo

 

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The mats kept us informed

 

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Lunch in the MDR

 

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Holiday decorations

 

 

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It was nice to back on HAL again . Our last trip on HAL was on the Eurodam to Alaska and the review of that cruise can be found at this link .
 
 
 

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I'm absolutely loving this review/blog/photo display.  Thank you for taking the time to post all this great information!

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On 2/9/2019 at 6:49 AM, puppycanducruise said:

I can't tell you how much I am enjoying reading about your days.

Your pictures are wonderful.  So clear and bright, and the colours!  What kind of camera are you using?

Looking forward to reading more.

Thanks again.

 

Thank you and good morning . I use a Canon D 6 , a Canon SL 1 SLR and a Sony RX-100 III pocket camera . Pat uses a Sony DHC-HX90V  Pocket camera with a built in 200mm lens .

 

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11 hours ago, fyree39 said:

I'm absolutely loving this review/blog/photo display.  Thank you for taking the time to post all this great information!

 

Super ,we're glad that you enjoy the adventure and you are  welcome to jump in anytime .

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They did a great job on the gingerbread scene.  The Koningsdam wasn’t half as artistic... and we would catch people surreptitiously stealing gumdrops and eating them!  I guess they thought they were invisible or something.  So then they had to rope it off and it still happened!  People are weird.

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11 minutes ago, *Miss G* said:

They did a great job on the gingerbread scene.  The Koningsdam wasn’t half as artistic... and we would catch people surreptitiously stealing gumdrops and eating them!  I guess they thought they were invisible or something.  So then they had to rope it off and it still happened!  People are weird.

 

Do you mean that they are not free ? I guess that you will tell me next that I'm not supposed to bring home the towels and sheets ? :classic_huh:

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Great pictures.

 

It has been years since we were on the Zaandam.  I see that when she updated her Neptune Suites, they took out the sink in the vanity area.

 

Loving your reports.

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The first days when and where 

 

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A little walk around outside after the lifeboat drill

 

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Our suitcases had arrived and we really wanted to unpack

 

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11 minutes ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

Great pictures.

 

It has been years since we were on the Zaandam.  I see that when she updated her Neptune Suites, they took out the sink in the vanity area.

 

Loving your reports.

 

Thank you .Our last Neptune was on the Eurodam . We preferred the Pinnacle and the bath rooms on the Eurodam with a separate tub and shower .

 

 

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Another perk of the Neptune Suite is to get your menus in advance .

 

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Tomorrow's When and Where

 

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Anchors Aweigh 

 

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A video of busy  Port San Antonio Starboard side :

 

 

 

And the sail away from the Port side :

 

 

We also found out that we could order dinner from the menu - delivered to our room .

 

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Scallops

 

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Ceviche

 

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Spicy peanut cilantro salad with turkey

 

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And turkey tenderloin

 

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Enjoy !

 

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Your suite is huuuuuuuge!  Is this your second HAL cruise? The food looks delicious! Sail away!

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30 minutes ago, Walt fan said:

Your suite is huuuuuuuge!  Is this your second HAL cruise? The food looks delicious! Sail away!

 

Yes it was a very nice suite ! It was our 2nd Neptune Suite the other being on the Eurodam to Alaska . We also did the Zaandam in 2013 South America and The Westerdam Eastern Caribbean in 2012 .

 

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While we were waiting for dinner we noticed the ride getting bumpy as we turned South with the waves now on our Starboard side . We could also catch up on some paperwork and planning . These need to be turned in to collect your passport .

 

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Tentative schedule 

 

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There were rumors that this would disappear when the Zaandam was last refurbished . We were glad to see it still working .

 

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It had been a bumpy night , as the morning weather report showed .65 MPH apparent winds across the bow .

 

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The view from the balcony

 

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