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ReturnCruiser

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    Travel, Photography, Skiing, Travel Article Writing
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    Princess, RCCL, Celebrity, AMA Waterways, Viking, Quark Expeditions
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    Europe
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  1. ReturnCruiser

    Loss of Internet Rollover Benefit on B2B Cruises?

    We had to ask the Internet manager to roll-over unused minutes from our just completed Princess cruise to following B2B Princess cruise (same ship). The roll-over was done without issue. Bob
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    The Falklands and South Georgia - Fall 2017

    Quark Expeditions added this itinerary for 2018, not sure about 2019. National Geographic has this itinerary in March and October 2019. It is more costly than my Poseidon Expeditions trip. I suspect that many travelers like to bundle a just few days in South Georgia and the Falklands with Antarctica. If there is bad weather in this area, you could miss the opportunity for zodiac landings and/or zodiac cruising and sail past South Georgia and the Falklands. With a dedicated itinerary, you are more likely to make several landings in this area. That said, there are never any guarantees as weather can turn quickly. Safety is always a priority. Bob
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    Quark Arctic Expedition in Svalbard

    We're traveling in 2019 to East Greenland with Quark Expeditions, focusing on Scoresbysund, the longest fjord in the world. We're hoping to see Northern Lights on this trip. Bob
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    Flight and Hotel Recommendations?

    You might take a look at the Alvear Art Hotel. Very nice hotel in a safe location. We stayed at this hotel in October 2017. Bob
  5. For those considering a visit to the Falklands and South Georgia, I've posted a few blog entries and photos from my Poseidon Expeditions trip. Our 2015 visit to Antarctica did not include these two areas and we are pleased to have found Poseidon's expedition to the Falklands and South Georgia. The wildlife and scenery we observed was a great addition to our Antarctica experience. Bob
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    Just back from Silversea Falkland & Antarctica Trip

    Greetings, We returned from a Poseidon Expeditions trip to the Falklands (Isla Malvinas) and South Georgia in November 2017. For those interested, I've placed some photos and notes from the trip on my blog. The link is provided below.
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    Where did you buy your Recommended Antarctica Gear?

    Great advice. FYI, I posted my packing list from a Poseidon Expeditions, October-November 2017, trip to the Falklands and South Georgia on my travel blog. See below link. Bob
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    ATMs: Grytviken, South Georgia

    Just returned from an expedition to the Falklands and South Georgia. In Grytviken, the PO accepted US cash and museum gift store accepted credit cards and cash (e.g., US, UK). We used US cash - good to bring some small bills (1s and 5s) as change can be limited. We didn't make any large purchases in Grytviken or Stanley. As of November 2017, no ATMs in Grytviken or Stanley. In Stanley, we purchased a fish & chips lunch at a pub and an afternoon coffee/tea with US dollars. Poseidon Expeditions covered our museum entry fee. Bob
  9. Yep, this year on the Sea Spirit. Bob
  10. Returning to your original post, my wife and I are traveling to SG and FI in October. Bob
  11. We enjoyed the Sea Adventurer for both Arctic and Antarctic expedition trips. You will experience all the cabin and lounge upgrades that we did not. Ship crew and expedition crew were both great. Some of the Antarctic expedition crew members were working our Arctic trip. Dining room servers were great. Always lots of food. In fact, we were unable to disembark the Sea Adventurer while in Antarctica for 2.5 days and the food quality and quantity continued. One comment - we often found the lounge to be warm. When the drapes were pulled and the discussion started - regardless of the interesting talk with slides or video - we found ourselves getting drowsy. You might check out my blog for additional comments and photos about our polar adventures. Bob
  12. For our Antarctica trip, we packed one small empty duffel bag in our check-in luggage for our (post-expedition) Quark jackets. We then added the small duffel as a second check-in luggage piece. The jackets are bulky and we didn't want to hand carry them after getting off the Sea Adventurer (now Ocean Adventurer) and our first check-in luggage pieces were full from the start of the trip. As a plus, if you get penguin poop on the jackets, this keeps your other clothes from getting this somewhat unattractive smell. Bob
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    private guide Amsterdam

    Sorry for the late reply - we were traveling in Switzerland. For a one day Amsterdam tour we paid $150USD per person (2015). This included all museum entry fees, art historian guide, add-on for larger vehicle rental and any taxes. We only paid for our lunch. The fee is largely determined by the itinerary, related costs and party size. The best approach is to initiate a discussion on what you want to see and do, along with cost estimates. We engaged the Dutch Travel Advisor in May 2017 for an all day tour of Delft/Hague and an all day tour focusing on flowers. Both tours were excellent.
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    Rice table (Rijsttafel) in Amsterdam

    We ate at Indrapua a few weeks ago. We had the Rijsttafel for a party of 12. Very tasty and the restaurant took the effort to ask about food allergies. If you eat early, say 5-7pm, there was a 25% discount for dinner.
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