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  1. Just posted this on another thread. Hope it helps. Kayaking was our favorite part of Antarctia and also the Arctic. It is a rather cumbersome onesie. Think of the little boy in Christmas story wearing his snowsuit. Well worth the effort for the experience. We wore just our thermal under layers and thermal socks underneath. If you get cold feet, consider two pairs. I slipped to the back of the room to change for privacy the first time. The second time didnt bother, it was one big changing room with everyone focused on how to actually get into the dry suit. There will be plenty of people to help you figure it out. The dry suits are quite warm and you will quickly work up a sweat. The pogies are neoprene saucers that fit on the paddle. I did not wear gloves with them and my hands were warm. Others wore waterproof gloves, and some bought some cheap dishwashing gloves in Ushuia. Ingenious. The attached felt waterproof booties are a little slip slidy, but you will not be doing much walking. I've thought about trying my reef shoes next time for some structure but not sure they will fit in the booties. If using your cell phone camera, the waterproof pouches are a must. Have a fantastic trip.
  2. Kayaking was our favorite part of Antarctia and also the Arctic. You'll be wearing a dry suit, not a wet suit. It is a rather cumbersome onesie. Think of the little boy in Christmas story wearing his snowsuit. Well worth the effort for the experience. We wore just our thermal under layers and thermal socks underneath. If you get cold feet, consider two pairs. I slipped to the back of the room to change for privacy the first time. The second time didnt bother, it was one big changing room with everyone focused on how to actually get into the dry suit. There will be plenty of people to help you figure it out. The dry suits are quite warm and you will quickly work up a sweat. The pogies are neoprene saucers that fit on the paddle. I did not wear gloves with them and my hands were warm. Others wore waterproof gloves, and some bought some cheap dishwashing gloves in Ushuia. Ingenious. The attached felt waterproof booties are a little slip slidy, but you will not be doing much walking. I've thought about trying my reef shoes next time for some structure but not sure they will fit in the booties. If using your cell phone camera, the waterproof pouches are a must. Have a fantastic trip.
  3. @jpalbny Good to know! I like going out of my comfort zone, even in minor ways. And, what's not to love about France! Time to put Ponant in the rotation. Thanks again for taking the time to reply and hope to see you onboaed someday.
  4. Thank you @jpalbny for this wonderful report. We are thinking of trying Ponant in the future. We are regulars on Silversea and Seabourns smaller ships. Time to branch out. We will probably look for cruises that accomidate more english speakers as our high school french will only get us so far. I see that there are a number of tour groups that are partnering with Ponant to cater to English speakers. Will focus on those. Any other tips? We also enjoyed your South American/Easter Island report. Headed back to South America on SS Wind next year and may have to slip in Easter Island. Thanks again!
  5. That along with a chilled bottle of Champagne and Caviar. Just heaven.
  6. I agree @cruiseej. TK has really grown on me. We like to slip in on occasion at 6:30 when available and have a simple meal. A ceasar and some protien. I also get the lobster thermador without the thermador. The art of customizing without the 24 hour advance notice to the chef. And it has windows, unlike the La Dame cave.
  7. Hang in there SSCA. Anyone who read your original question should know what your intentions are and what you are asking. Ignore the nasties. Have a great time traveling.
  8. I can't believe what I'm reading. Passing up the coveted SS keychain? You know they go for big money on Ebay. You are playing on a whole different level.
  9. On our last SS trip in September one of the gentleman forgot his jacket in the cabin. The Restaurant was so kind and said there was no need to run back to the cabin and provided one. They said it was acceptable to just hang it on the back of the chair. This was an Alaskan cruise with 1/3 of the normal passengers. Things were very casual in general. On another night one of the gentleman had jeans on during post excursion cocktails. We joked that perhaps the restaurant could provide a pair of dress pant that he could lay atop his jeans so he didn’t have to stop at the cabin to change. One night he wore a rather jaunty fashion fedora to cocktails. It was quite the hit until we got to the restaurant and forgot to remove it. Ooops. We are probably on a "No Sail" list now. For the record we did dress appropriately on all other occasions, even coats, ties and cocktail dresses when not required. Just having a bit of fun.
  10. @Unibok & @machotspur Thank you both so much for your detailed responses. One can read about all the places you have mentioned but it does not give you the feel for a place. The cultural triangle, Uga, Tea Trails, Galle, Dutch hospital area where on my radar. With your detailed responses I now have a feel for them and can begin to plan. Honeymoon central is not the type of description found on Trip Advisor. Machotspur - I hope your trip goes and please post a report. It looks fantastic. @Fletcher A belated thank you for a post from May. You mentioned Le Tikehau in French Polynesia which sparked an idea and off we went at the last minute. We added it to our 3 week trip in June. Unfortunately the wind howled in Tikehau at 30 mph with no let up for 5 days. We finally snuck in one very bumpy excursion to Bird Island. We finished with Le Taha'a, Vahine Island and no wind. Le Taha'a won and if the anti Covid Gods smile upon us we're headed back after Christmas
  11. All part of the service? A service I would gladly pay for. I tip my hat to you sir, and wish I could reciprocate in some way. Thank you.
  12. Fletcher - Thank you for all the suggestions. They are wonderful options and have given me much to ponder. We are squeezing this trip in and may not have much time for a pre cruise, but perhaps should make time. Those resorts look enticing. I picked this trip because I want to hit the Andaman Islands and Mergui archipelago before the Explorer disappears. Sri Lanka was just a bonus. Is there any reason to spend time in Colombo other than transit recovery?
  13. Luxury yes. There seems to be a number of 4/5* options. Still weighing the costal vs. Walkable/downtown. Atmosphere always a plus. In research mode. Thanks.
  14. We are booked on the Explorer 5-3-22 starting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. First time there. Assuming all systems go, any tips hotel or otherwise from the well traveled CC crowd would be greatly appreciated. We haven't ruled out some of the higher end resorts on the southern coast, but are leaning toward something closer to Colombo. Thanks!
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