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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2019, 10:25:55 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?.
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.
Therefore, if the ship has 500 people in a stopping for one day, let's say there were 10 hours to get off the ship, everyone will only get 2 hours on land, but if you have a hundred fifty people then everyone will get couple more hours than that.
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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2019, 10:37:25 AM »
No, 500+ ships can't stop at all.
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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2019, 11:22:43 AM »
If the ship has 500+ passengers, no passengers is allowed to set foot anywhere on Antarctica at any time, according to the international treaty. These cruises are often marketed as the "Antarctic experience," which is a euphemism that means that you'll get to see Antarctica and experience it from the deck of the ship, but that's it.

Our first day in Antarctica we had such an experience, because high winds and wave levels prevented us from safely getting off the ship, so we just watched the penguins from the deck, and those with really powerful telephoto lenses tried to get a few pictures. While I suppose that's better than nothing, having experienced the real thing on land, I would be extremely disappointed if my Antarctic experience was limited to what I could see from the boat.

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2019, 01:07:16 PM »
So who is hanging out in ushuaia for the $5600 empty cabin rate lol

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2019, 03:40:12 PM »
So who is hanging out in ushuaia for the $5600 empty cabin rate lol

IMO. the kind of person who does this is the person with no set agenda to his travels.   We met a "backpacker type" who was picking his next place to visit based on a loose plan--not your typical traveler.   He told us that he wanted to go to Ushuaia even if there was no cruise he could catch.   

But he was either smart or lucky because he had more than one ship to choose from that was leaving soon and he could bargain with them (via the agent on Ushuaia main street).   They even gave him a room to himself.   Some of this is pure luck, of course.   I hear that the odds improve outside of Dec and Jan.

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2019, 03:50:51 PM »
If the ship has 500+ passengers, no passengers is allowed to set foot anywhere on Antarctica at any time, according to the international treaty. These cruises are often marketed as the "Antarctic experience," which is a euphemism that means that you'll get to see Antarctica and experience it from the deck of the ship, but that's it.

Our first day in Antarctica we had such an experience, because high winds and wave levels prevented us from safely getting off the ship, so we just watched the penguins from the deck, and those with really powerful telephoto lenses tried to get a few pictures. While I suppose that's better than nothing, having experienced the real thing on land, I would be extremely disappointed if my Antarctic experience was limited to what I could see from the boat.

I agree completely: you need to walk around among the penguins and not just see them from a kayak or a zodiac.   They have crazy antics: they will steal rocks from each others nests to build their own.  Hard to describe but it's hilarious.

A related topic is how many such days or excursions you need.  I mean, after you've walked passed your third penguin rookery, is the fourth going to still be interesting?   What I noticed happening later in the cruise is that people  were excited about every *different* thing, such that, by the end, they went crazy for the lone Adelie penguin (a type we had not seen before) even though there were thousands of gentoos around.   


All in all, for me, I was completely satiated: I saw everything I hoped to see and, if we went out 3 more times, I'm not sure my overall enjoyment level would have risen in proportion. (I write this specifically to you, Traveler718, because I remember you asked me something related in a PM and I forgot to answer.)   

The single thing I wished to see was a breeching whale.  I did, from a distance.  But the kayakers were *extremely* close and they glowed when they later described it to us non-kayakers.

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Re: Antarctica TR: the trip after Dan
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2019, 02:41:19 PM »
Be nice to the penguins and they'll come visit you chol hamoied.

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