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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2018, 12:17:32 PM »
Slightly tempted. Was thinking about Antartica this winter but this cruise doesn't hit the Antarctic Circle. Also wife wants to fly over the Drake Passage, though I would rather sail it. Would be fun to do it with DDF members though

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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #31 on: July 19, 2018, 12:27:07 PM »
Slightly tempted. Was thinking about Antartica this winter but this cruise doesn't hit the Antarctic Circle. Also wife wants to fly over the Drake Passage, though I would rather sail it. Would be fun to do it with DDF members though
You'll be able to walk on the continent, why does the circle matter? Being in the circle also makes Shabbos wayyyyy more complicated.
We looked into flying, but it couldn't work out for a myriad of reasons.
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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2018, 12:44:12 PM »
We looked into flying, but it couldn't work out for a myriad of reasons.
Why, isn't much simpler?

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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2018, 12:51:21 PM »
You'll be able to walk on the continent, why does the circle matter?
You're right, more about bragging rights I guess. Just seems like if I'm going to spend that kind of money for a once in a lifetime trip, might as well go as south as possible.

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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2018, 12:52:46 PM »
You're right, more about bragging rights I guess. Just seems like if I'm going to spend that kind of money for a once in a lifetime trip, might as well go as south as possible.
Unless you're going to the true south pole, I don't see a difference in bragging rights what you're stepping foot on the continent. You're in rarefied territory. JMHO though.

Crossing the Arctic circle is a whole lot easier...
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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #36 on: July 19, 2018, 01:19:05 PM »
Why, isn't much simpler?

- Most flights are delayed or moved up due to winds, commonly by 1-2 days. When they say to get on the plane, you have no choice - even if it's Shabbos. And most flights are on weekends, so the chance of you being forced onto a plane off Antarctica on Shabbos is incredibly high.
- Ships that operate fly/cruise cannot accommodate kosher food due to stocking issues and schedules.
- After your tallis/tefillin and a change of underpants, your baggage allowance is too small for a tuna sandwich, let alone a week's worth of food.

Shall I continue ;D?
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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2018, 01:20:19 PM »
Unless you're going to the true south pole, I don't see a difference in bragging rights what you're stepping foot on the continent. You're in rarefied territory. JMHO though.

Crossing the Arctic circle is a whole lot easier...
Much fewer ppl have flown EY/SQ/LH/CX F than have gone to Antarctica, in all likelihood. Itís rarefied territory on ddf, though.

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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #38 on: July 19, 2018, 01:22:28 PM »
- Most flights are delayed or moved up due to winds, commonly by 1-2 days. When they say to get on the plane, you have no choice - even if it's Shabbos. And most flights are on weekends, so the chance of you being forced onto a plane off Antarctica on Shabbos is incredibly high.
- Ships that operate fly/cruise cannot accommodate kosher food due to stocking issues and schedules.
- After your tallis/tefillin and a change of underpants, your baggage allowance is too small for a tuna sandwich, let alone a week's worth of food.

Shall I continue ;D?
Main issue seems to be your desire to make this about photography as opposed to the experience. You really think itís impractically difficult with basic food and camera gear? Iíd prefer to cruise myself because thatís part of the experience, but the issues and risks you mention donít seem insurmountable.

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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2018, 01:24:53 PM »
- Most flights are delayed or moved up due to winds, commonly by 1-2 days. When they say to get on the plane, you have no choice - even if it's Shabbos. And most flights are on weekends, so the chance of you being forced onto a plane off Antarctica on Shabbos is incredibly high.
- Ships that operate fly/cruise cannot accommodate kosher food due to stocking issues and schedules.
- After your tallis/tefillin and a change of underpants, your baggage allowance is too small for a tuna sandwich, let alone a week's worth of food.

Shall I continue ;D?
Interesting.

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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #40 on: July 19, 2018, 01:33:32 PM »
Main issue seems to be your desire to make this about photography as opposed to the experience.

Not at all. Photography is a significantly tiny part of this trip. Look at the site - how much is photography discussed? Barely. It is all about the experience.

Want to learn how to capture that experience? That's where the photography comes in.

You really think itís impractically difficult with basic food and camera gear?

Absolutely. Ships in Antarctica do not allow and/or do not accommodate kosher food - just see @Dans experience last year. So unless you plan on living on crackers for a 10 days, yes, it's "impractically difficult".

but the issues and risks you mention donít seem insurmountable.

You're in Antarctica and the incoming plane is delayed two days. You get kicked off the ship (which is starting a new cruise as soon the plane lands).

It's Shabbos and your options are remaining alone on a rock or taking the plane back.

This sort of delay happens so often that all fly/cruise trips have a fine print contingency plan that states that in case of a delay they will give you a bus tour of Patagonia instead.

Are you willing to take that risk?
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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #41 on: July 19, 2018, 01:34:28 PM »
Is the cruise exclusively kosher? Who is the Mashgiach? Too bad I didn't know earlier....

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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #42 on: July 19, 2018, 01:39:08 PM »
Is the cruise exclusively kosher? Who is the Mashgiach? Too bad I didn't know earlier....
Is the mashgiach in it for the $$$ or for the experience?
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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2018, 01:39:14 PM »
Different strokes for different folks. Some will be happy going to the zoo and see penguins for free.  :)
and some people trek all the way to the arctic and don't even see a polar beer
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Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
« Reply #44 on: July 19, 2018, 01:42:04 PM »
and some people trek all the way to the arctic and don't even see a polar beer
That's why we get BBC Planet Earth DVD's from Amazon, so the kids (and us) can see all the penguins, polar bears, Arctic and Antarctic circles (and lines), etc. etc. without ever worrying about packing, food, babysitting, etc. etc.
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