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  1. Try Google Chrome. It'll automatically translate it for you, but you're right: a VPN works.
  2. Gurnee2, I can tell from your writing how special you thought it was. We can’t wait to go. We’re on the January 26 departure and fully expecting it to be great. Thanks for all the details. We’re hoping to go kayaking. Thinking about snowshoeing, too, although we’ve never done it. We will report back. The most-recent reviews on Cruise Critic are very positive.
  3. Thanks for reporting back, Gurnee2. That's great to hear. Was any zodiac cruising included in addition to the landings? I saw from somebody's postings on Facebook that Midnstsol did a landing and zodiac cruising most days.
  4. Thanks for posting. Sounds like you had a wonderful time despite the early problems. Can you speak a little more about the experience in Antarctica? Was kayaking offered? How about small boat cruising? What were the optional activities in Antarctica, and did you do any? Thanks!
  5. We got it through *****.com. I was skeptical at first because the price was so low, but they’ve been around for a while and online reviews are fine. There’s no difference from what you’d get on Hurtigruten’s website; hotel in Santiago, interior flight to Punta Arenas are included. Also, any remaining concerns I had were wiped out when I paid, checked my credit card and saw that payment had gone through Hurtigruten. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Dates besides ours were available. Dave
  6. The Falklands weren't even in any of our original plans. At first, that was the place we were planning to see penguins up-close if we did a sail-by on the mega-liners. This cruise we're doing is just one bonus after another. The only possible major negative is that for the price we got we had to take an unspecified outside cabin. We'll be relatively low (the outside cabins are Deck 4 and 5), but I'm hoping we're not too far forward. Right now, it looks like the ship has a lot of empty cabins (I think the brochure price was way too high for such a large ship), so we could get lucky.
  7. Thanks to everyone for your valuable help. We finally booked, and after all of our debate about Midnatsol in Feb. 2020 vs. Fridtjof Nansen in 2021, we decided on…neither. We got a great deal on the new ship, Roald Amundsen, for this coming January 27. Departing Punta Arenas. Seven days in Antarctica, three in the Falkland Islands, Beagle Channel and an attempted landing in Cape Horn (I know not to count on that). The extra day in Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and the price (lower than Midnatsol's) overcame my concerns about the new ship's launch problems. We're just going to have to have faith in Hurtigruten, which I feel is an excellent company, to work things out. Besides, by then, it will be the ship's sixth time doing that itinerary. This is more than we'd ever expected to do. I really thought we'd end up on Holland America or Princess because of price concerns. We're very excited. Antarctica kept showing up in my dreams last night!
  8. You should look at Hurtigruten. We did and that's how we're going to go (also celebrating a 60th birthday). Some of their ships are larger than the other expedition companies', but they still schedule a landing per day and, presumably, get closer to wildlife and land. I don't know because I haven't taken one, but I'm about to. Don't book on www.Hurtigruten.com. Go to Hurtigruten.no., which is their Norwegian site and significantly less expensive. Use Google Chrome, which will translate for you. Right now, 13 days with six of them in Antarctica can be had for about $5,500 pp including all taxes and fees. When you add it all up–port fees, etc., charged by the big cruise lines, the cost of penguin expeditions in South America–that's more than HAL or Princess but not significantly more. I have found, like you have, that the other expedition companies are a lot more expensive unless you're sharing a triple or a quad.
  9. I haven't but I will when I call to book. From what I've seen, U.S. insurance doesn't cover up to real cost, until up to a covered limit.
  10. Thank you again. I'm very sorry about the loss of your partner. And I didn't mean to belittle the cost of these trips; they are expensive, and my wife and I continually balk at the cost. What I meant is that paying out-of-pocket for an evacuation from Antarctica can have a far more drastic effect on your wallet than losing the cost of a cruise; there's no doubt that we're going to get evacuation insurance. Just unsure as to how much. I was just looking at your blog again. You would really love Alaska, especially Kenai Peninsula/Denali/Valdez/Katmai.
  11. Now that I'm getting down to the nitty-gritty, just wondering if anyone can tell me who you used for trip insurance; it appears as if Hurtigruten requires it, and it seems to make sense to have at least medical evacuation/repatriation coverage. We never get trip insurance, figuring there's no need to insure small-ticket items, but medical evacuation coverage seems like a big-ticket item that is necessary; just not sure up to what amount. Some say $1,000,000. Others say $100,000 or $250,000. Also, can anyone tell me why they think trip cancellation/interruption/trip delay insurance might be more necessary on this trip than it would be on, say, a trip to Norway? Thanks again.
  12. Has Hurtigruten told you the name of your hotel? I’m figuring we will want to add a night before and one after.
  13. I can’t imagine how excited you must be. Has Hurtigruten said the time of departure from Ushuaia and when you’ll be flying back to Argentina on the last day? I’m sure you’ve given yourself some wiggle room in Buenos Aires, too. That’s probably the departure we are looking at. It coincides with my 60th.
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