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PerfectlyPerth

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    ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
  • Interests
    Travel, travel and more travel. And theatre.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Antarctica

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  1. Sheesh you certainly encountered a couple of rude ones. Personally I would have said out loud exactly what I thought of them - but hey - that's me !! I agree with others in that you should have immediately made the issues known to the maître d. They can't fix problems they are not made aware of.
  2. Me neither. I would feel like I barely unpacked and already had to start packing to disembark again. Even my 30 day ones feel too short to me 🙂 I long for my retirement when I can start doing longer than 30 day cruises. Itinerary wise - in all my land and cruise travels since I was a young teen in the early 80s - I have chosen my itineraries based on where I want to go, and what I want to see and experience. My travel is all about me ! I have never considered whether a destination is 'for solos' or 'solo friendly'. Destinations are for humans. I'm a human. My life choices and travel choices don't alter that. 'Safety' is irrelevant in my decision making because I take sensible precautions in both everyday life and when travelling. The only place in the world I have found myself confronted by a mugger was in my own city in the park below my inner city apartment! And I told him in no uncertain terms where he could shove his request for my phone and handbag. The look on my voice and the tone in my voice sent him running in fear. The only real real danger I have ever actually been in was when I found myself in the path of two huge bull Fur Seals eyeing each other off and preparing to charge through me at each other - on South Georgia Island in Antarctic waters. I yelled at them like toddlers and they froze on the spot in shock - giving me time to back away slowly.
  3. People all over the world make international calls every day. It's not the 1950s! It's really not a big deal. Pricewise its a snippet compared to what you are spending on your trip. Call via Skype if you want to do it for free. You can always call them then ask them to call you back or establish email contact with you. Call mid week as the next two weeks have Monday public holidays in various states. It's been school holidays in various states for the past few weeks so staffing is generally reduced overall.
  4. >>Take something to back up your photos on a daily basis and remember to do it. I took a laptop and backed everything up to the computer and to 2 different flash drives daily.<< Agree with this wholeheartedly. I backed up to my iphotos ap on my Macbook every single night, plus a back up to 2 1TB portable harddrives. One lived in my carry on bag and one lived in my checked bag. Did this for every single trip.
  5. What boot brand does Seabourn use ? If it is Mucks - they have inserts that you can remove and replace with your own or go without entirely (I recollect Bogs do the same). I bought my own Arctic Sport mid calf muck boots for my trips. I have wide calfs and a high "top of foot" (I have no idea what that bit is called!) and plantar fasciitis. I found that removing the existing inserts gave me more room for the top of my feet. When I loaned my boots to someone with high arches - she removed the inserts and replaced them with her own orthotics. Bogs are easily sourced in Aus. https://bogsfootwear.com.au/shop/style/971616-216.html This one mentions a contoured inner sole which may suit you. It doesn't mention if its also removable so its worth contacting them to ask.
  6. If you do a search in Facebook for 'cruise buddies' you will find a heap of groups - many for females only, some are split into country specific or even cruise line specific. I belong to an Australian female only group that is quite active. They hold regular get together in each state so members can meet before deciding to travel together.
  7. Have I look here. I compiled all the trip reports on Trip Advisor into a centralised FAQ directory. The actual reports are cross referenced by year, expedition company, and vessel. http://antarcticafaqs.boards.net/ There is also a list of every expedition company and vessel including future new builds. For me - having done 4 expeditions there so far - from 24-33 days each - my golden rule is to choose the longest voyage you can afford, with the smallest amount of passengers, and include South Georgia Island (particularly if you have images in you heard of pebbly shores with tens of thousands of penguins and seals). Dont get hung up on luxury levels of balcony's (you will hardly be in the cabin). And definitely don't get too fixated on specific landing spots. It's important to have a 'go with the flow' flexible attitude for polar travel. The expedition team will do lectures in between landings etc. you will have biologists, penguinologists, ornathologists, geologists, volcanologists, (and every other 'ist') and historians at hand.
  8. Loving this review. Such great detail and gorgeous photos.
  9. If you list all the places you want to see we can all help with a more logical and realistic solution for you. Sydney traffic is like a car park at the best of times. It won't be an enjoyable stay when all you see is the inside of a vehicle and lots of cars and traffic lights.
  10. I can't imagine overthinking this to any real degree. I'm on my holiday. I really don't care who else is on theirs.
  11. PerfectlyPerth

    Currency

    Thats a very uneducated bias there. You need to understand how it affects the taxation circumstances of the individual as it is untaxed at source income. In some countries that can cause the individuals to be pushed into a different taxable income bracket which can affect them for the following year if their respective tax department then assesses using an estimate for the following year. There are also also many cultures - especially through Asia - where it is a deeply offensive insult to have a tip thrust upon oneself. They are then placed in an even more embarrassing position of having to refuse it. Is it that difficult to difficult understand that while you do it as a matter of course in your country - that is not the case everywhere. Just respect that. Seriously. Not doing so is why the whole stereotype of American tourists actually exists.
  12. I've used Covermore for years. Its always been very clear in the PDS re accidents while drinking. It's why most Bali claims get knocked back. All the more reason to learn to read all the 'fine print' no matter what it's size.
  13. PerfectlyPerth

    Currency

    Tayana I'm guessing you don't know many folks living on FI? Where do you propose they spend their US$ tips ? They need to hoard them up until it's worth the lost value in FEX. That's money they are then not spending til then so it is out of the economy and useless. If someone feels like they absolutely must tip and nothing is going to change their mind - then it is basic courtesy to do so in the local currency. On FI - buying the guide a beer would be suffice.
  14. PerfectlyPerth

    Currency

    I tip in countries where it is relevant to do so. I do not tip it countries where it is not needed/required and in some cultures actually offensive. The advice was specific to Ushuaia and Falkland Islands - and as I have been to both very regularly - it was also correct. So lay off with the 'ugly Australian' inference that you felt the need to direct at me. Sadly yes Sue. We all understand that its a die hard habit in your own country. But when travelling one should adapt to the appropriate custom to the location they are in.
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