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  1. I left my tripod at home, as we were tight to our bagagge allowance on the internal flights. I didn't miss it, but one of my cameras and several of my lenses have stabilisation, which needed to be turned off when the shop was moving a lot. The tripod would have been of no use when the ship was moving around, and I found a fast shutter speed to be more important. I have travel and full size tripods, both carbon fibre, but the travel tripod isn't very stable in wind or vibration with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400mm zoom plus tele converter (though it's supposed to be!).
  2. My wife is plus size with wide calves and swollen ankles, but Hurtigruten had muck boots and a jacket which fitted her. I can't speak for other lines.
  3. I can't speak for flying from BA to Rio, but we have spent a few days in BA pre-cruise and in Rio post cruise plus an independent 2 week visit to Rio flying in from London. Our son has spent a few years in Rio, is a samba and choro musician and speaks Brazilian portuguese. he flew in to meet us off the ship and stay for a few days, and the other time I was visiting him. We found it best to stay away from the tourist strip at nightand certainly not go on the beach in the dark, eg we stayed in Flamengo, easily accessible to most parts of the city, to avoid dressing or looking obviou
  4. Posted too quickly without text!. Sunset on the River Adur, Sussex, UK
  5. Don, I guess it depends on the depth of your pocket. My son is an ex-Scout used to camping and hostels, and some fifteen years on is still happy to stay in hostels. I was never a scout (stopped after Wolf Cubs), didn't enjoy the one night of camping I did, and have never stayed in a hostel. We've nevertheless done our time on economy packages, but at our stage of life DW and I are lucky to have and enjoy budgets sufficient to let us travel in what we regard as relative comfort, though we do manage to source good deals to keep the cost down, and generally fly using loyalty points.
  6. We are booked for the RA Atlantic Circle trip for 2023. We did Chilean Fjords, Antarctic and Falklands on RA in February 2020, including a landing on Cape Horn, and thought we got a good price via our TA. The number of landings and inflatable cruising were OK for us, we are not energetic outdoors people, and we appreciated having the extra level of comfort for the time we did spend in the cabin. We wouldn't have gone if we had needed to share the cabin or toilet and washroom facilities. We docked at Port Stanley, and got an interesting talk about the war and life on the Falklands
  7. We were on Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen last year, with around 400 passengers. It was highly organised, with polarcirkels (like Zodiacs) constantly going backwards and forwards, overlapping so there were never more than 100 ashore at a time. This gave us up to 2 hours ashore depending on what else was planned for the day. There were also non landing rides, with no maximum number off the ship at any one time. Adding in the time spent standing in line to leave the ship, leave the shore and that spent in the polarcirkel shuttling back and forth, meant the total length needed for the e
  8. We were on Roald Amundsen to the Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands February 2020. I’m still post-processing the photos including from 4 days pre and 2 days post in Santiago.
  9. We booked with BA on Avios points 360 days out but could only get reward flights for Avios with Iberia on a codeshare via Madrid. However, I checked every day and BA reward direct flights came up a couple of months before so we switched. We wanted to avoid having to change flights on the journey where there would be another opportunity for our baggage to go astray.
  10. We’ve made a gallery on the wall of our entrance hall. Nice to look at and brings memories each time we walk by, and get’s lots of interest from visitors too.
  11. Just the one week cruise then! 😊
  12. We were in Santiago a year ago pre and post tour, and found it to be a fascinating place. I can recommend Chile Dream Tours. We did a private 1 day walking tour, and a separate private day tour to Valparaiso, also well worth visiting. They have a range of other tours too.
  13. I respect donaldsec's view, but we clearly had different experiences. I've only done one trip so far, though with a second booked (same cabin as previously, with a balcony). I spent hours out on the front observation deck, and there was a nice camaraderie amongst those of us who did, both with other passengers as well as with leaders of the expedition teams, but I also spent quite a bit of time shooting from the balcony. We got quite a long way south, just beyond 70 degrees, but I didn't see so many birds flying overhead, they were mostly to the sides or across in front of the bow
  14. My wife and I both have a strong interest in photography and each of us carries quite a lot of gear, which means we don't have spare allowance to take a laptop onto a plane as part of our hand luggage. I have had a card fail on me during a trip, so that has made me very cautious. The current setup for backing up is a pair of wifi enabled 4Tb WD Wireless Pro portable drives with SD card slot, which we back up to alternatively on a daily basis and keep in the hotel or cabin safe unless in use or being charged. We can view, edit and delete the photos from our tablets via wifi. Full
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