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    North Carolina, USA
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    Hiking, snorkeling, SCUBA
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  1. We were not able to check our bags through to our home airport because (we were told) we did not buy all our flights through Ponant. This was our experience (full review at https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=680008😞 DAY 17: WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2020—USHUAIA TO BUENOS AIRES (EZE) Diamond Princess COVID-19 update: 79 new cases, 621 total. [Note: Passengers who had tested negative started disembarking from the ship at the end of the 14-day quarantine period.] Our bus did not leave for the airport until 7 a.m., so we had time fo
  2. We have used Scuba Life Cozumel (https://scubalifecozumel.com/) several times. Very flexible schedules and great divemasters! We have put reviews on TripAdvisor as well as in our cruise reviews.
  3. We were quite happy with Sea Sports in 2019. This is our review from TripAdvisor: Convenient for Cruise Passengers (4 stars) Sea Sports is a nice dive operation. We used their services recently when our cruise ship visited Belize City. They were prompt in all their email communications and gave explicit directions on how to locate them. We actually did not need the directions since many people along the short walk asked if we were looking for Sea Sports (we looked kind of obvious since we were carrying dive bags). We had seven divers with only one dive master so we were a little conc
  4. At least once the MTPs got private tours of the Bridge. Also, the Cruise Critic roll call members are occasionally invited. We have been as high as 3rd most travelled but on our last cruise, we were nearly at the bottom. We very much prefer the luncheons to the cocktail party. However, everything depends on the Captain and the number of Elites aboard.
  5. Thanks, we are looking forward to it. Just need to finish packing. Glad you agreed that Derantur is a great option in Buenos Aires! I am sure they would appreciate a positive review on TripAdvisor, if you have not already submitted one. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g312741-d6219332-Reviews-Defrantur_Argentina-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_District.html
  6. We are leaving Friday afternoon, but I guess it will be Saturday for you!🙂 Time zones are confusing.
  7. Check out my review for the Star Princess from Valparaiso to BA; you will probably have some of the same ports. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=80603
  8. Le Soleal? John and I are in cabin 318. Hope to see you aboard!
  9. I have a word processing app on my Kindle and take notes every day; so does my husband. We also take a lot of photos and that helps jog our memories. Plus the daily program has a lot of information. We are doing an Antarctic expedition on Ponant starting February 3. Maybe we will see the Ocean Adventurer down there! Also, we booked both the Arctic and the Antarctic expeditions well ahead of time and chose two different companies in order to be able to compare the experiences. We would have no hesitation about exploring with Quark again. I am sure you will have a fantast
  10. I'm surprised that you didn't see it there. I put a link to this forum rather than posting the entire report twice.
  11. You are both very welcome. When we were planning this trip, I found lots of reviews and information for Antarctica but comparatively little on the Arctic. I hope this helps. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them.
  12. I am very surprised--I always receive a reply within a day at most. The only email I have is the one on their site: info@defrantur.com. I will email Laura and ask whether they are having internet problems.
  13. Day 16: Wednesday, September 25, 2019—Disembarkation, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Ottawa, Canada At 12:30 a.m. this morning, Ali woke us all up to see the Northern Lights! We hastily threw on some warm clothes and hurried to the outer decks. The ship was navigating the 120-mile (190 km) long Kangerlussuaq Fjord; we could see the pale green curtains of light above the wall of the fjord to the south. Unfortunately, the display did not last very long but we stayed out for as long as we could see it. I was so excited to finally see the aurora that I was simultaneously laughing and cryi
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