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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2019, 09:00:41 AM »
Cool! Did you make a siyum there? Because then you'd be the 2nd person to make one in Antarctica.

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2019, 05:24:34 PM »
I won’t post a link to the Dropbox, as there are personal guest details there.  And honestly the slide show is not great.  Still, it might be fun to compare with Your trip.  (Where are details from your trip, btw? Is there a TR for that somewhere...besides the initial posts from Dan?)

Can you share to the video?

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2019, 07:17:52 PM »
What I would like to know is where is the TR from Dan and/or any of the other dozens of readers?   

Sure, I could post more about my tour ad nauseam but what I think everyone really wants to see is the TeamDan tour.   It seems very curious to me that, after 15 days or so since that tour has ended, no one has written it up.   

Or maybe I missed your TRs but it seems very curious indeed to not read about someone---anyones!--experience.....  (I love the Instagram pics, btw, so I suppose that that will have to keep me satisfied for now!)  :-)



ETA: Some clarifications, cause my writing is not very good sometimes
« Last Edit: January 03, 2019, 07:22:51 PM by schlomo »

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2019, 08:35:30 PM »
What I would like to know is where is the TR from Dan and/or any of the other dozens of readers?   

Sure, I could post more about my tour ad nauseam but what I think everyone really wants to see is the TeamDan tour.   It seems very curious to me that, after 15 days or so since that tour has ended, no one has written it up.   

Or maybe I missed your TRs but it seems very curious indeed to not read about someone---anyones!--experience.....  (I love the Instagram pics, btw, so I suppose that that will have to keep me satisfied for now!)  :-)



ETA: Some clarifications, cause my writing is not very good sometimes

There wasn't a dozen of DDF'ers on the trip - only a handful. @Dan already wrote a few blog posts (linked in the wiki here). DDF'ers won't accept any TR other from the famed @Something Fishy with his unique and beloved style of writing, but that takes time

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2019, 10:01:00 AM »
There wasn't a dozen of DDF'ers on the trip - only a handful. @Dan already wrote a few blog posts (linked in the wiki here). DDF'ers won't accept any TR other from the famed @Something Fishy with his unique and beloved style of writing, but that takes time

I apologize for asking for additional write-ups in what surely must have been the biggest event in DD’s year. 

If I only had your insight, I would have known that all us DDFers must wait for the SomethingFishy report—even another chapter from Dan himself would fall short!

ETA:  ;-)



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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2019, 10:07:26 AM »
I apologize for asking for additional write-ups in what surely must have been the biggest event in DD’s year. 

If I only had your insight, I would have known that all us DDFers must wait for the SomethingFishy report—even another chapter from Dan himself would fall short!

ETA:  ;-)

You definitely don't have to apologize

ETA - even though I was on the trip I still want to read a TR and to be able to share with others and I hope at-least @Dan does another blogpost and looking forward seeing @Something Fishy's TR (and even more waiting for his pictures  ;))
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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2019, 03:14:43 PM »
What I would like to know is where is the TR from Dan and/or any of the other dozens of readers? 

I dont think that Dan ever made it. Last I heard, his boat was stuck without any fuel.

 >:( >:( >:(

And no offence to SF, but I also like Dan's TR's.
^^^

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2019, 06:47:06 PM »
Day 3:  ice blocking the channel, so we were diverted.  No excursions.   There was a very exciting scene though, with a pod of orcas chasing some penguins in the water--photographers went nuts but, really, you cannot capture such a thing in a photo or a video.   Pure drama!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bru_B6hlt9Z/

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2019, 12:18:49 PM »
As ual902 asked in a PM, and also on another thread, what are the tips about booking a cruise to Antarctica?   I am happy to answer any questions you might have.

1)  Should I use an agent?   Agents know many cruises but, of course, they are sales people, so you must find one you trust.  I found some real duds, but one I liked,--which I didnt use because they could not get me a slot on the ship I wanted (and which I got myself via persistence with OneOcean directly)--is an agency in Bend, Oregon (of all places).   polarcruises.com   Lynn, from PC, was on our cruise too so she should know what she is talking about from firsthand info.

2)  Price to pay.   Expect 10K and up.   But depends on ship, itinerary and time of year.   You will need to read up and determine what you want to see and what is important to you.   Pay attention, ual902!:  if you just want "bragging rights", you can find a cheapish tour, like the big ship Hurtigurten, which will tick your box for you.   If you want something special---more whales, 3 types of penguins, penguin chicks, etc, etc---you will need to read books and do research.   Lonely Planet can help.

3)  Tradeoffs: the biggest tradeoff is size of ship.   Under 99 passengers can basically go anywhere, but the passage can be rough.   Over 200 is a problem, because they have to take shifts for landings.  (Over 500 cannot land at all)    OneOcean RCGS Resolute was fine for me because it was basically a cruise ship and had special gear to make for a smooth journey (which was important to my sensitive stomach)

4) Saving money.  I think this should be lower priority but, because we are DD readers, we cannot help but try to find a better price.  :-)  So, three ideas for you: (1)go early or late in the season.  It will be colder but so what, you get maybe more animals.    (2) Go to Ushuaia and wait a few days and bargain for an empty cabin...going rate was $5600 for Quark Expedition boat with similar features to ours and which went out just before Dan's  (3) organize a group of 12 friends and you can be their free leader.  (Not sure if 12 is correct number...maybe SF can verify)   (Bonus 4th):  It's not clear to me that going directly to the provider will save you money.  They have their own sales reps too and. apparently, agreements to not undercut the independent agents (see #1).   Also, once you ask anyone about a particular cruise and give your name for a tentative hold, all the other agents may be able to see that you are working with someone already...makes shopping around a bit tricky....

If you have questions, I can try to answer here.   

ETA: Bonus 4th money saving tip
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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2019, 12:33:57 PM »

Other stuff:  We had the standard food catering.  All of the food and drink was more like standard "big cruise ship" food, rather than "expedition" food.  IOW, there was good selection and plenty of it.


Are you a kosher traveler?
If so would like to know how that worked out without the plethora of prep that Dan and SF put into their trip

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2019, 12:43:28 PM »
Are you a kosher traveler?
If so would like to know how that worked out without the plethora of prep that Dan and SF put into their trip

Excellent point!   No, I'm not (and was assuming ual902 is not either) but should have said that up front!

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2019, 01:13:26 AM »
Thanks, really appreciate your input I like option "(1)go early or late in the season.  It will be colder but so what, you get maybe more animals."
 

 I can stomach it cold wise and dealing with Drake passage type of stuff, just to be clear are you saying smaller cruises are better because they can access more stuff?.

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2019, 01:41:13 AM »
Not OP, but I was on Dan's cruise, and yes, smaller is better because you'll get a lot more time on shore getting to experience what you came so far to see.

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2019, 07:35:27 AM »
just to be clear are you saying smaller cruises are better because they can access more stuff?.

According to IAATO rules you can not land more then 100 people at a time, and ships more then 500 can't go at all

https://iaato.org/visitor-guidelines

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2019, 10:16:53 AM »
According to IAATO rules you can not land more then 100 people at a time, and ships more then 500 can't go at all

Minor correction: ships with more than 500 are allowed to go to Antarctica and see it from the water, but they may not disembark and actually set foot on land, which is by far the best part of being there.