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  1. I was also on the 1/5 cruise. The scenery and wildlife are amazing. I am glad I went. However, it is an expensive trip and a long flight from the US. One thing to be aware of is that there is often times bad weather that can impact your cruise, especially fog, which can make it impossible to see some of the things you were hoping to see. We had a mix of good and bad weather. Stanley Falkland Islands is also a highlight of the trip because there are many excursions to see penguins up close. However, due to wind, that port is often missed. So, it might be wise to consider those things before you make your final decision.
  2. Gottagocit, I agree so strongly with you! I was on the Jan 5 cruise, and everywhere we went, there were people coughing and sneezing. We tried very had to avoid close contact with people. If someone nearby was coughing or sneezing, we changed our seats or left. We skipped all but one show in the theater. We went to the Universe Lounge for the naturalist talks, because people are a lot more spread out in there. We spent a lot of time in our stateroom. We had books to read, and watched a lot of the movies that were on tv. We mostly viewed the scenery from our balcony or through the sliding glass doors. We were successful in staying healthy; did not want to be sick on an 11 hour flight home from Buenos Aires. It's sad that we had to forego some things due to others coughing and sneezing, but for us the main attraction was Antarctica and Falkland Islands. Did not want to be sick and miss those things. We thought, there is always another cruise to catch more of the shows and activities.
  3. Thank you AZBirdMom, for your response. I, too, think it is weird that they did not have the right type of fuel in San Antonio. Princess knew two years ago that their ship would be in San Antonio needing fuel on January 5, so I am sure they ordered what they needed a long time ago. I guess we'll never know for sure. It's true that what we saw was incredible, pictures and memories to last a life time. And we do feel grateful to have been able to experience this beautiful place. However, I can't help feeling a bit cheated as well. I don't expect to ever be back to this part of the world again. And although we had two days, I can't help but wonder what else we might have seen if we had the four days that were scheduled. I don't blame Princess at all; I feel they did the best they could under the circumstances. And as seasoned travelers, we know that there are often things that just don't go as planned, and you just have to make the best of it. So I'm happy we got there, just wish it would have been a little longer. I am also extremely grateful that we got in to Stanley, Falkland Islands, where many of us were able to see the penguins up close. I've read that as many as 50% of calls there are sometimes cancelled due to weather, so we are incredibly lucky to have gotten in to Stanley.
  4. Did anyone ever find out why the fuel delivery was delayed, thus causing a late start to this cruise and the loss of one day in Antarctica?
  5. Ok, good to know, thanks for your response!
  6. Is a tip included in the cost of the UBD, and if not, what is an appropriate tip?
  7. I'm not understanding. How did they manage to get a couple hundred dollars from your bank?
  8. Thanks for more interesting restaurant suggestions. I appreciate it. Only 3 days now until we leave!
  9. Thanks everyone. I'm happy to hear that the menus are also in English, that is a big help. Thanks also for the restaurant suggestions. We will be at the Hilton with Viking, so it sounds like those two restaurants are good possibilities for us.
  10. Thanks 14thmed. Wondering if the menus were also written in English?
  11. Hi Chuck, DH and I are on this trip, Carol and Bill from Long Island, New York. Yes, the Roll Call is a great way to find other Cruise Critic friends on the trip. However, most of the discussion is about sharing private tours, and I usually book ships tours (even though I realize they are sometimes overcrowded and almost always overpriced) as I like the comfort of not having to worry about missing the ship if the private tours run into unexpected delays. I did get some great tips from Cruise Critic friends on pre-cruise hotels and getting to the port. Check out the roll call; you might find some very helpful information there.
  12. Hello, We have a few days pre and post cruise in Budapest and Prague. We want to experience local foods. I am looking for restaurant recommendations, but even more important, I am wondering if menus are also written in English; otherwise, how would I be able to order? Any recommendations for restaurants and dishes would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  13. With regard to restaurants, are menus written in English? How do you know what to order?
  14. Yes, I agree it's a problem when the weight limit for carry ons is low. Gee, even just the empty bag weighs a few pounds! In the US, we can always manage with a carry on only because I have never encountered a weight limit for US flight carry ons, only size limits. On International flights, we do always have to check a bag because there is no way for us to pack clothes, camera, health and beauty aids, shoes, etc., and keep within a relatively low weight limit. Fortunately, most international flights allow one free checked bag, and we seek those airlines out. So far, we have not had to pay to check a bag, and hope we won't have to in the future. Steverhodes, I enjoyed your picture. That is the dress I was expecting on my upcoming river cruise. Everyone looks neat and clean, no one over or under dressed. I am now confident in what I am planning on packing. Thank you!
  15. Yes, I agree, we got off topic a bit here because of discussing the cost of checking bags to include fancier clothes. We should stay on topic, which of course is dress code. Speaking of which, we primarily bring slacks, skirts, blouses, and button down shirts which can be mixed and matched to get the most use out of the fewest items. We did book tickets to an opera, so I'm thinking my husband will need to pack a jacket. It makes us feel good to get dressed up a bit.
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