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  1. I have two rules for picking itinerary directions if it's one way. 1) I do the hardest set of flights first. I'd rather have the annoying layovers, and longer flights when I'm excited about a trip, rather than when all I want to do is go home. 2) I do what excites me at the end of the trip. I find that if I do what I came for at the beginning of the trip, my trip goes downhill from there. So I leave at least some reason that I'm taking this trip for the end. If the two conflict, I debate about how tough the conflict is. For me, I would go Basel to Amsterdam because I've always wanted to go to Amsterdam, and flights seem like they would be easier from there.
  2. I am super late to this discussion, but I did your Airlie Beach #1 activity when I did a land tour of Australia a while back. Except if you go on land they have ~10 spots a night to sleep out there, and you get hours and hours of snorkeling, private scuba diving if you want it, etc. I would highly recommend it!! It was one of my top 3 things that I did in all of Australia. (feeding kangaroos and watching the Sydney NYE fireworks being the other two)
  3. I'll say the other side. I'd book the 3 night package. We also have to eat as early as possible (5:30/6:00 times to start) and we have NEVER had a problem booking that time slot at a specialty restaurant on board. In fact, that's what we've done for 4 cruises now. Most people want to eat at 6:30/7:00 but if you eat early they can turn the table and are happy to do so.
  4. I wouldn't SCUBA at Coco Cay unless that was the only place I could scuba dive on the cruise. I don't think it's the best diving that is in the Caribbean. I'd prefer a more traditional dive shop on my first couple of dives. That being said- I've not been to Coco Cay yet! I may do it, just because I have been on a medical hold for 2 years now on SCUBA, and I'll need to boost the certificate before Roatan (if I've been cleared. Still working on that!). Congrats on certification!
  5. I will do guarantees if I'm only booking 1 room- I can sleep through ANYTHING (even fire alarms) and I don't care what deck I'm on, or how much I walk. I also only book insides, so the room view is not as important. If I'm traveling with my parents I will absolutely not book a guarantee because they care about being close together, and they want to be close to the elevators, etc. I'm a 36 year old woman who lives on her own and apparently I can't walk more than 20 feet from my parents on a cruise.... I would only book a guarantee if there's no chance that I will dislike any of the rooms. Otherwise, it's penny wise and pound foolish (and sometimes it's not even cheaper!).
  6. When I was there last year, they said that there would be new regulations, and all ships would have no more than 1 daily landing. I think they'll do a lot of zodiac cruising (which I liked a lot) but don't be surprised if you don't land 2x a day anymore.
  7. Interestingly, I had the opposite experience. They sent me an email when it was available, told me it was mine until the end of the day, and I booked it easily. Now- I had waitlisted it to ask my uncle if he wanted to go on the cruise with us, because his wife was terminally ill. The room came available at 8:30 in the morning, and it was during her funeral. We think she had something to do with it- pushing him to take the vacation with us. If it's normally not that easy, I'm really going to say that she was the driving force.
  8. Mine was actually a problem in Dallas! I was on a PHX to DFW to Santiago to Puntas Arenas flight. However, DFW was closed for tornado activity for about half an hour. They held the PHX flight for ~4 hours, but sent the flight onwards off on time. I did everything I could to make what I could (including rerouting 4 different times), but they wouldn't pull my luggage off the first flight (even though I wasn't on it). They also told me that for international travel I had to arrive FIRST and then they would send my luggage on. Basically I would have lost 2 days for the luggage if my parents hadn't called and said something about "PhD, research, Antartica" and some nice woman went around the system for me. Only 2/3rds of that was true. All that being said... PLEASE take a carry on with 2 spare changes of clothes, it's not worth it to only check luggage. I was all "oh I don't want to cart anything other than a backpack with my camera gear" and if I could redo that decision I would 100000% percent.
  9. I went with One Ocean last year and LOVED them... that being said, don't book with them. I've not heard reassuring things from their employees. I'm looking at Quark for the Arctic. I did a one ocean triple, with bathroom down the hall, and there were only like 4 rooms that had that feature. I booked for 1) Price 2) Days in Antarctica (So I booked a fly cruise because I maximized days) 3) small ship- I wanted to be on land as much as possible. It will be very different than RCL, there's no changing that. I love both types of cruising (although I may love the expeditions more!). But for the timeline, I want you to be warned- stuff I didn't know before my trip: 1) My luggage almost didn't make it to the ship. In fact, if my ship had gone off on time, I would have had 15 minutes from picking up my luggage to getting on the next flight to Antarctica. I almost had no clothes. That was a monumental stress. It's STILL the topic at all family gatherings because I had to call in everyone to get my luggage there. And I flew in 36 hours before the flight to Antarctica. 2) There are delays all over the place. We were delayed a day going. 3 groups on our trip had been on a voyage the year before that was delayed for 5 days and then cancelled. If you are squeezing it in... well imagine being either delayed 5 days or not being able to get home for 5 days longer than you anticipated. I did my trips over Xmas and New Years to save vacation time. 3) With One Ocean losing ships, there's more of a squeeze on the budget Antarctica trips, so book early if you find one you like. 4) Make sure you book a trip that coincides with the wildlife you want to see. I wanted baby penguins, but if I were to go back, I would go in March to see the whales. If you go too early, there won't be baby penguins!
  10. I was the person who posted it, you're welcome. However, I did realize that we should tip the bartenders an extra $25 per person on a 7 day cruise, since they're getting less tips. I would be appreciative if you would do that since they're going to work the same amount even though we got a deal. I still really don't understand the original question here- I booked 2 packages, and the other person in my room doesn't drink. It was still cheaper than booking only 1 package myself and they get the option to do whatever they want.
  11. We made it on the 7/5 sailing, but couldn't see the glacier for the glare from the sun!! I'm glad we saw Hubbard last year on the Radiance.
  12. As I started this topic I will say that I actually didn't think it was an error- it was on a sailing that has been price dropping like a rock (my parents balcony cabin is >$1000 cheaper than any other cabin they've ever had) and it wasn't on my HOTS 2020 Holiday cruise. I actually thought that it was a real price but that they would call it a mistake later- exactly what it seems like they were doing. I checked both of my HOTS Holiday cruises (2019 and 2020) and it was not there. I figured that it was a limited fire sale for cruises that weren't selling very well, in places where you wouldn't normally be taking a cruise to drink (it's an Alaska cruise). After the thread confirmed that people had called and it was dubbed "real" I went back and checked- people had been saying that it was all 2020 cruises. The HOTS 2020 Holiday cruise changed its price from $50/day to $18/day AFTER I had purchased the other one, which to me shows that it wasn't a glitch, and they were putting it in in waves.That one I couldn't figure out since I was sure they were selling enough beverage packages at the more normal price on that one, but I've seen price drops on that cruise too... For my family, we don't drink more than a glass of wine at dinner and on the first cruise that we purchased it on I am not even sure we were going to buy the soda package- so that's $500 where we may have spent $200 on board. We only buy the soda package when there are the freestyle machines on board. Heck, I even had to buy it for my Baptist, doesn't drink family member who was in the room with me. That puts it at $36/day for me (still a good sale, and they can use it for the soda/refreshment package). So, if they cancel it, I'll probably do my best to limit my beverage purchases to less than what the package cost. To me, that's easy to do, and they will get less money out of us. But if they let us keep it, we'll probably get spoiled and could possibly decide it's worth it. Who knows? That's their choice, and it seems like they're making it now. I just wish they'd hurry up and do it!
  13. I think the juice in the morning is at least $3 and the coffee is similar priced? The soda package is usually $9-$10/day. Bottled water is at least $2 I think, so it's a good deal if you like to drink anything other than water.... If they honor it. I hope they will, but won't hold my breath.
  14. I feel like I should ask for a "found you a discount fee" with how many packages got booked! Yay for everyone! Crossing fingers that it gets honored.
  15. I had two questions. One was- did you make it to the glacier? I've seen the same review that says that the ship can't go to the glacier even though it's marked as an excursion. Two- where do you get your seapass cards? I keep thinking they're in the rooms, and not in the terminal when you check in, but i can't imagine how that would work if you get there before the rooms are opened (and I will want a drink ASAP!) Thanks!
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