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We are on the first sailing of the Hondius in Antartica this November, anyone else coming along on this great adventure?

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I’ll be getting on when you get off ... hope you have a great cruise. Quick question, have you booked your flight from ushuaia yet ... who have you booked with? Seems that AA and Latam have very mixed reviews. 

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We booked with Aerolineas Argentina, roundtrip from Buenos Aires.  It was the only airline that we could fly after 12:00pm on the day of Disembarkation.  Aerolineas doesn’t have a great reputation either, but most SA carriers do not.

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We are also booked on this trip and it will be the second time to Antarctica.  Last year we did a trip mainly focused on the east side - Wedell sea.  Somewhat unplanned as we got trapped by ice for a week there.  I booked with Argentina air to Trelew and will take a shuttle to Peurto Madryn.  I am flying with Latam from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires.  Hopefully there are no glitches with the flights.  I always leave a cushion when flying small domestic airlines so am arriving in Peurto Madryn 2 days ahead of departure.  

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Latam is a large SA international & domestic carrier.  Like all things in SA delays are part of life & normal for them.

I was quite impressed with my 3 flights with Latam.

 

Good news is that Hondius has left the builders yard in Split & is on way to Vlissing - eta 1st June.

Maiden cruise departing on 3rd June for Spitzbergen area.

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Hondius-to sail on time to Vlissingen & dep 3 June 2019.jpg

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Hi - yes I will be travelling on the Nov 3 trip and was relieved to monitor the Hondius departure for the inaugural trip in June.   Booking a not yet built ship always comes with a bit of risk.  I am very excited to be on this new ship and also experience the Falklands and SG.  

 

My friend and I are travelling on this trip together.  We actually met in Antarctica on a Quark Trip last year.  

Amazing!!

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On 3/2/2019 at 3:10 AM, satie37 said:

We are also booked on this trip and it will be the second time to Antarctica.  Last year we did a trip mainly focused on the east side - Wedell sea.  Somewhat unplanned as we got trapped by ice for a week there.  I booked with Argentina air to Trelew and will take a shuttle to Peurto Madryn.  I am flying with Latam from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires.  Hopefully there are no glitches with the flights.  I always leave a cushion when flying small domestic airlines so am arriving in Peurto Madryn 2 days ahead of departure.  

 

Boy - you were lucky.  A week longer trip for no charge.  

 

DON

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Don I wish it had been a week longer for free.  No this was a 3 week trip which included an Antarctica circle crossing.  Spending the extra time on the east slide meant we only had 2 days on the west side before we had to cross the Drake.  So no circle crossing and reduced time on the west side.  

 

That’s why I am going back but this time with Falklands and SG.  

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On 6/2/2019 at 1:50 AM, satie37 said:

Don I wish it had been a week longer for free.  No this was a 3 week trip which included an Antarctica circle crossing.  Spending the extra time on the east slide meant we only had 2 days on the west side before we had to cross the Drake.  So no circle crossing and reduced time on the west side.  

 

That’s why I am going back but this time with Falklands and SG.  

 

You will love S. Georgia.  I did an 8 day photo trip there which also included 4 days in the Falklands.  I ticked off the number one trip on my bucket list and it was much much better than I could have imagined.  Hope that you have the great weather that we had.

 

DON

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