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  1. That has to be one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me! THANK YOU!!
  2. Oh no, it sounds as if Scenic is still having reprovisioning issues. We had hoped that with the problems we had getting items delivered to the ship, the logistics would have been worked out on the following cruises. Sounds like there are still problems. Most likely not Scenic's fault...as I mentioned in my posts, the Chilean government apparently created massive issues for Scenic getting provisions and support, and it sounds as if it's not much better with Argentina. I will say that Scenic did a great job of trying to "make up" for any lack of supplies they were expecting on our cruise...and apparently they did the same with you on yours. And yes, our parkas have been stored in our closet ever since we got home, and we live in Northern Nevada where it gets extremely cold in the winter (it was 4 degrees Farenheit when we woke up yesterday!!!)...I just don't see us using them again.
  3. Oh no, it sounds as if Scenic is still having reprovisioning issues. We had hoped that with the problems we had getting items delivered to the ship, the logistics would have been worked out on the following cruises. Sounds like there are still problems. Most likely not Scenic's fault...as I mentioned in my posts, the Chilean government apparently created massive issues for Scenic getting provisions and support, and it sounds as if it's not much better with Argentina. I will say that Scenic did a great job of trying to "make up" for any lack of supplies they were expecting on our cruise...and apparently they did the same with you on yours. And yes, our parkas have been stored in our closet ever since we got home, and we live in Northern Nevada where it gets extremely cold in the winter (it was 4 degrees Farenheit when we woke up yesterday!!!)...I just don't see us using them again.
  4. Thank you for the kind words. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing our experiences with everyone. And yes, "amazing" is a word we used a lot as well. But I have to ask...what orange rain jacket????? Sounds like after our cruise, Scenic figured out that the heavy parka was too much for many days, and added a rain jacket. Sure wish they'd had that on our cruise!!! Did they let you keep it, or was it just "borrowed," like the boots?
  5. WiFi was great...best we've had on any ship. No problems at all uploading photos.
  6. You have to remember that we were on the very first cruise to Antarctica, so things may have changed somewhat since we were on the ship. The polar boots were insulated...I wore ski socks and my feet and legs were never, ever cold. As for the trekking poles, I would highly recommend that you bring your own. The ship did have some for people to borrow at each landing, but unfortunately, some people apparently felt that meant they were free and clear to just take them with them back on the ship and hold onto them, so others could not use them. There were certainly not enough for 100 people at one time. Plus, they were getting pretty beat up, and it was just the first cruise. Depending on the condition they are in now, they may or may not be worth using. It is in no way the ship's crew's fault...there are just some very inconsiderate people in the world, sadly. Had I thought about it, I would have brought ours with us. I hope this helps! And again, the trekking pole situation may have changed since we was on board. The boots will most likely be the same ones used over and over again for many seasons...but they were quite sufficient. Czardas is boarding the ship today, and hopefully will start a new thread to keep us advised...it might be a good idea to ask her any questions as she'll have the most updated info.
  7. We were on the Eclipse in Nov/Dec, for her first trip to Antarctica. There were a lot of logistical problems with getting the ship restocked, so our experience probably wasn't the norm. However, here's what we found: 1 - The ship ran out of French champagne immediately (as in, right after we left Lima), so I cannot say what the normal champagne it. 2 - The shampoo, condition and lotion are all in large, refillable bottles, and to be honest, if the name was written on the bottle, I didn't notice it. It was all quite nice and "luxurious." Hopefully Czardas can let you know when she boards. 3 - Yes, you can dine outside on Deck 5 behind Azure, but the experience is marred by the two plunge pools behind the spa on Deck 6 splashing down all over the Azure deck whenever the ship is moving. It is a serious design flaw of the ship. Azure is the more casual restaurant, with light fare like soup, salad and small sandwiches for lunch (or you can order pizza!), and tapas at night. 4 - You can order room service 24 hours a day; the menu is somewhat limited, but if you order during normal dining hours, you can have whatever is on the menu at the main restaurant, Elements (that's not advertised anywhere, but they will do it). 5 - The gym is very good, especially for a ship of this size. There is one recumbent bike, an elliptical machine, two or three treadmills (sorry, I can't remember how many!), and I believe a standard bike. They also have free weights. In the yoga room across the hall, they have classes as well as a small room off the back where you can do your own yoga, aerobics (I have my aerobics DVDs loaded on my iPad to use that way), meditation, etc. One negative is that when they are doing weight training classes, the guests will use the free weights from the gym, so if you happen to in there during that time and want to use the weights, you're out of luck until the class is over. That small room off the yoga room could easily accommodate another set of free weights, and they would be wise to do that. The ship is quite beautiful and very, very well equipped for one of that size. It's truly amazing how much they fit into her!!
  8. I will say that even though the boutique onboard the ship is rather small, it was very well stocked with items people might need on a polar cruise...wool caps, sweaters, gloves, etc. So if you did forget something, or realize, as I did, that the headgear you brought just wouldn't cut it on those zodiac rides, you can most likely depend on the boutique for having something that will work for you. Not cheap...but not outrageous either.
  9. You crack me up every time you talk about "Annoying Voice" you know!!! I cannot imagine that you are in the Owners Penthouse and they won't put you in business class (I think Argentenia Aerolineas calls it "Premium Economy" but it was what we Americans would call Business Class). I wish I had taken a picture of that cabin, so I could have posted it and you could have used it for your argument that you should be given that class of seats. Feel free to quote me and this blog if you want to when you call them though...I know Scenic most definitely was reading it while we were sailing, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to them that TahoeTraveler is stirring up the pot again!!!!!
  10. It was a sad ending, but honestly, it didn't really diminish the absolute wonder of the cruise for us. But we try to find the positive in everything, and again, I'm sure a lot of it was due to it being the second time they'd done this (the first was when we lost some passengers from the first leg of the cruise at our first time in Ushuaia, and I have no idea how their flight was to BA). Time will tell if Scenic can make the ending a bit better for the passengers. And yes, I do hope others will pass along their impressions and experiences on the Eclipse!!!
  11. About as one would expect. I've already posted how utterly disorganized the whole "get your baggage and check in" process at the airport was, but again, I would imagine it will improve over time as Scenic becomes more familiar with the procedures there in Ushuaia. The flight itself was about 3 hours long, and we had no say in the seats we got. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason as to how the seats were assigned...people on Deck 7 were in the last row in front of the bathrooms (and they could apparently hear everything through the walls!!) and a handicapped man was actually assigned the exit row!!! Mike and I switched with him and his wife (we were behind them), so our flight was much more comfortable than others'. But I would have thought that the higher level cabins would have been placed closer to the front of the plane; it just didn't make a lot of sense how the seats were assigned. There was a small business class section (I think it had 8 seats), and it was obvious the really high payers were in those. We all laughed about "Oh how the mighty have fallen" when the flight attendants came by with the "lunch." It was an absolutely horrible ham and cheese sandwich that was so dry it was inedible. It was just a funny way to end such a luxury cruise. It took probably 45 minutes to get our bags in BA. I have no idea what the hold up was, but it seemed like it took forever for our bags to arrive in the baggage claim area. The transfer to the hotel was a bit of a mess as well. Everyone was just milling around and there wasn't a lot of direction. We ended up being in the very last group to board a bus, which was fine by us...we didn't have anything planned that afternoon and had no desire to get in the mad rush to get checked in at the hotel. But again, it was kind of a sad way to end everything.
  12. I cannot answer regarding the Arctic or Finland, but I can say that the parka was more than sufficient for the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica, when we layered. The outer shell is quite waterproof...the water would literally shed right off it when shaken. The inner liner on the women's parka is not down (it is a thin fleece of some sort with a smooth outer layer). The one on the men's parka is more like a bubble jacket, but I do not know if it is down or not (I tend to think not). However, again, when layering, both parkas were excellent at keeping us warm, even when we were sailing through rainy, stormy and very windy conditions (as we of course just had to head to the bow of the ship outside the Observation Lounge for pictures!!!). I personally would not waste the space or weight to pack a ski jacket. Have a great trip!!! Round-the-world? I am quite jealous!!!
  13. Good Lord, if you land in BA at 10:10am, that means you have to be flying out of Ushuaia around 7:00am (it's about a 3 hour flight). Meaning, you have to be off the ship by 5:30am!!! Obviously the plan is to dock the night before, as we did. Anyway, to answer your question, they did offer a city tour of Buenos Aires for anyone with a flight after 8:00pm. However, I know of at least two people who booked a room at the airport Holiday Inn because they had such a late flight (I believe it might have been the late one you are booked on) and just wanted to rest up before the ordeal. To be on the safe side though, I'd definitely ask Scenic the question regarding the city tour, as it might not always be offered, especially if there were any hiccups with doing it with our cruise and they decide it's just not worth dealing with.
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