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I think the only thing I need to buy are some galoshes to cover my track shoes when walking around penguin related mud/poo. I already have windbreaker, down jacket, hat, and scarf and gloves for the Antarctica scenic viewing portion etc. I was mainly worried about shoes /boots, and potentially needing long underwear, which I think I can clearly skip.

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[quote name='erber']I think the only thing I need to buy are some galoshes to cover my track shoes when walking around penguin related mud/poo. I already have windbreaker, down jacket, hat, and scarf and gloves for the Antarctica scenic viewing portion etc. I was mainly worried about shoes /boots, and potentially needing long underwear, which I think I can clearly skip.

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Surgical shoe coverings work well, that’s what we have used.

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[quote name='kaisatsu']I’ve seen a few Celebrity sailings that listed more than two days of scenic cruising in Antarctica. This one has four days, hoping to visit Schollaert Channel, Paradise Bay, Gerlache Strait, and Elephant Island:
[URL]https://www.celebritycruises.com/itinerary-details?packageID=EC14F084&sDT=2019-01-20&cCD=CO&aCB=false[/URL][/quote]


Check the dates on their itinerary. They do that all in 2 days. The first 3 that you mention on day 1 and Elephant Island on day 2.

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Elephant Island is more South Shetlands than the peninsula which is ~150 miles away.


And Cape Horn on one day, to Schollart Channel the next looks like a tight schedule.

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[quote name='digitl']And Cape Horn on one day, to Schollart Channel the next looks like a tight schedule.[/quote]
Indeed. It seems from descrition that they plan to land people at Cape Horn, weather permitting (which is actually pretty awesome), so that will take at least half a day. So then there are 3,5 days left to cross the Drake, cruise around the Peninsula, cross back to Falklands, lets say about 90 hours. 30 hours crossing each way (in good conditions), so that's actually a little over a full day in Antarctica. Better not go sleep to make the most of it.

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[quote name='SarniaLo']Indeed. It seems from descrition that they plan to land people at Cape Horn, weather permitting (which is actually pretty awesome), so that will take at least half a day. So then there are 3,5 days left to cross the Drake, cruise around the Peninsula, cross back to Falklands, lets say about 90 hours. 30 hours crossing each way (in good conditions), so that's actually a little over a full day in Antarctica. Better not go sleep to make the most of it.[/quote]

Celebrity ships cannot land passengers at Cape Horn, it’s just a “sail by” there too

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A minimum of £2400 (US$3100) for a one day sail-by in Antarctica in an inside cabin with 2,850 passengers! Anyone wanting to travel to Antarctica could find far better value. A quick check came up with £4900 (US$6300), 13 days, Hurtigruten's Midnatsol, and it includes landings! OK, twice the price (so save up for another year?) but infinitely better.

The Celebrity cruise does include the Falklands but 2,850 passengers dumped on Stanley? Good for businesses in Stanley, but the town they would see would be far from the Stanley we have visited on a ship carrying far fewer than 10% of the Celebrity Eclipse! Edited by digitl

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[quote name='Hotshot80']Celebrity ships cannot land passengers at Cape Horn, it’s just a “sail by” there too[/quote]
That makes sense actually, but the description is very misleading : " Visit Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) National Park and discover this lush UNESCO protected ecosystem. Created in the 1940s this 155,906-acre national park is home to diverse flora and fauna." (from above link). What can you expect to see of the lush ecosystem and diverse fauna from the sea?
Anyway, that may gain the passengers an extra couple hours in Antarctica! ;p

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[quote name='digitl']A minimum of £2400 (US$3100) for a one day sail-by in Antarctica in an inside cabin with 2,850 passengers! Anyone wanting to travel to Antarctica could find far better value. A quick check came up with £4900 (US$6300), 13 days, Hurtigruten's Midnatsol, and it includes landings! OK, twice the price (so save up for another year?) but infinitely better.

The Celebrity cruise does include the Falklands but 2,850 passengers dumped on Stanley? Good for businesses in Stanley, but the town they would see would be far from the Stanley we have visited on a ship carrying far fewer than 10% of the Celebrity Eclipse![/quote]

Our friends went on a Hurtigruten cruise down there and because of very poor weather they only got ashore twice not the twelve they were hoping for.

If you like wildlife, and penguins in particular, Volunteer Point on the Falkland Islands is in my personal opinion, the best wildlife excursion from a cruise ship anywhere in the World. Hundreds/thousands of King, Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins all in the same place, an amazing sight.

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[quote name='Hotshot80']Our friends went on a Hurtigruten cruise down there and because of very poor weather they only got ashore twice not the twelve they were hoping for.[/quote]

Two out of 12? That is seriously unusual. When was it and which ship were they on?

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The Celebrity cruise does include the Falklands but 2,850 passengers dumped on Stanley? Good for businesses in Stanley, but the town they would see would be far from the Stanley we have visited on a ship carrying far fewer than 10% of the Celebrity Eclipse![/quote]

You should see Jan. 25, 2020. HAL, Princess and Azamara will be in Stanley on the same day. On the chance that we might actually follow through on this deposit and take the HAL cruise, I’ve already booked with Estancia for Volunteer Point.

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[quote name='Bella0714']You should see Jan. 25, 2020. HAL, Princess and Azamara will be in Stanley on the same day. On the chance that we might actually follow through on this deposit and take the HAL cruise, I’ve already booked with Estancia for Volunteer Point.[/quote]

IMO the HAL Cruise is far better than the Celebrity Cruise. Great decision to book now, lots of passengers will be disappointed if they leave booking that trip too late. Enjoy the experience of getting there and back as well as seeing so many penguins when you arrive there

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[quote name='Bella0714']You should see Jan. 25, 2020. HAL, Princess and Azamara will be in Stanley on the same day. On the chance that we might actually follow through on this deposit and take the HAL cruise, I’ve already booked with Estancia for Volunteer Point.[/quote]

You will be very glad you did. Just an awesome experience.

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I also noticed that Celebrity plans for Antarctica the day after Cape Horn while HAL has a day at sea and allows for 60 hours from Ushuaia to Antarctica. I assume they’re playing it safe and allowing for some wiggle room. Sounds good to me.

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[quote name='MVPinBoynton']You will be very glad you did. Just an awesome experience.[/quote]

I just re-read your blog entry about tendering at Stanley. Yipes! Can I start waiting on line now?

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[quote name='Bella0714']I just re-read your blog entry about tendering at Stanley. Yipes! Can I start waiting on line now?[/quote]

You will be so glad if you get in line early. It was so sad talking to folks that got late tenders and weren’t able to make their excursions. Getting to the Falklands and not able to see the Kings would be so sad.

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[quote name='Bella0714']You should see Jan. 25, 2020. HAL, Princess and Azamara will be in Stanley on the same day.[/quote]

The islanders need, and deserve, the support of as many visitors as possible. But not all on the same day!

It's a pity that cruise companies don't talk to each other a little more and avoid swamping ports with large numbers of visitors who then don't see the 'real' destination.

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[quote name='MVPinBoynton']You will be so glad if you get in line early. It was so sad talking to folks that got late tenders and weren’t able to make their excursions. Getting to the Falklands and not able to see the Kings would be so sad.[/quote]

Volunteer Point needs a minimum of 6 to 7 hours in port. Bluff Cove Lagoon, while having many fewer kings, is much closer to Stanley and so much more doable if time ashore might be tight.

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[quote name='digitl']Volunteer Point needs a minimum of 6 to 7 hours in port. Bluff Cove Lagoon, while having many fewer kings, is much closer to Stanley and so much more doable if time ashore might be tight.[/quote]

That HAL ship is in port from 8 am to 5 pm, so it should be fine if we get in line early the day before for tendering tickets. At least I hope so.


You're absolutely right about those conflicting port days. It's a bit crazy. Only a very small percentage will get out to Volunteer Point. I mean, here's a place in the middle of nowhere, and it's going to be bombarded by cruise passengers in one day.

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OP here...

We just wanted to let you all know that we are actively reading all of your helpful posts, and usually following up to get more info about whatever was mentioned.

Does anyone happen to have a suggestion about the *shortest* cruise that actually sails down to/along Antarctica?
Preferably with the Falklands, but not required.
"Major iceberg sighting possibility" definitely a plus :)
We are still considering expedition vs. sail-by (with significant pros/cons of each, for us).

MIL is about to turn 98, and although she's still constantly in search of more and better bridge players (!), she IS, after all... almost 98...
Nope, please don't suggest that we "wait"... if anyone is going to make it well into the 100's, she's near the top of such a list. And I sure hope DH has some of those great genes.

Thanks for ALL comments, links, suggestions. It's been extremely helpful.
We've made a nice dent in the "really want to see" list, and this is right up there now.

GC

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[quote name='Bella0714']That HAL ship is in port from 8 am to 5 pm, so it should be fine if we get in line early the day before for tendering tickets. At least I hope so. [/quote]

On all of the HAL cruises we have been on, tender tickets for non-ship excursions have been issued on the day and not the day before. And those tenders left [B]after [/B]the ship's excursion tenders. Have these arrangements changed?

And a further warning of time available on shore: on one Indonesian cruise tendering at one port was delayed by 90 minutes (and the Captain made it clear he wasn't happy with the negative feedback he was getting!).

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[quote name='GeezerCouple']OP here...

We just wanted to let you all know that we are actively reading all of your helpful posts, and usually following up to get more info about whatever was mentioned.

Does anyone happen to have a suggestion about the *shortest* cruise that actually sails down to/along Antarctica?
Preferably with the Falklands, but not required.
"Major iceberg sighting possibility" definitely a plus :)
We are still considering expedition vs. sail-by (with significant pros/cons of each, for us).

MIL is about to turn 98, and although she's still constantly in search of more and better bridge players (!), she IS, after all... almost 98...
Nope, please don't suggest that we "wait"... if anyone is going to make it well into the 100's, she's near the top of such a list. And I sure hope DH has some of those great genes.

Thanks for ALL comments, links, suggestions. It's been extremely helpful.
We've made a nice dent in the "really want to see" list, and this is right up there now.
GC[/quote]

On Hurtigruten Fram's explorer cruises, you have to complete a Medical Certificate, approved by your doctor, on your fitness to travel.

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[quote name='GeezerCouple']OP here...

We just wanted to let you all know that we are actively reading all of your helpful posts, and usually following up to get more info about whatever was mentioned.

Does anyone happen to have a suggestion about the *shortest* cruise that actually sails down to/along Antarctica?
Preferably with the Falklands, but not required.
"Major iceberg sighting possibility" definitely a plus :)
We are still considering expedition vs. sail-by (with significant pros/cons of each, for us).

MIL is about to turn 98, and although she's still constantly in search of more and better bridge players (!), she IS, after all... almost 98...
Nope, please don't suggest that we "wait"... if anyone is going to make it well into the 100's, she's near the top of such a list. And I sure hope DH has some of those great genes.

Thanks for ALL comments, links, suggestions. It's been extremely helpful.
We've made a nice dent in the "really want to see" list, and this is right up there now.

GC[/quote]

[quote name='MMDown Under']On Hurtigruten Fram's explorer cruises, you have to complete a Medical Certificate, approved by your doctor, on your fitness to travel.[/quote]


Ooops - sorry... that wasn't clear at all!

MIL isn't going anywhere!
[She finally needed a walker about a year ago (not bad by the late 90's), but she only uses it around her Assisted Living Facility and some local excursions.]

[U]We don't want to be gone "too long", and especially to a place where we can't easily "[B][I]come home early, just in case[/I][/B]".[/U]
However, we aren't limiting the length of our travels (excepting Antarctica, *if* possible), or we'd [I]still[/I] be waiting to start some of the longer trips.

Until about 3 years ago, she was driving all of her friends to *their* medical appointments. Remarkable.

If she weren't, uh, "difficult" :mad: , we'd have invited her to join us on a few shorter trips not too long ago., but nothing where medical care wasn't reasonably available, although she still only has well controlled high blood pressure and, just recently, bad knees. And a killer sharp mind...
But no... not to Antarctica, not for her, not now.

GC

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[quote name='MMDown Under']On Hurtigruten Fram's explorer cruises, you have to complete a Medical Certificate, approved by your doctor, on your fitness to travel.[/quote]

As do all companies for their expedition trips, yet not everyone realises the need or understands why. Hospital facilities for serious accidents and emergencies are not a 10 minute ambulance ride away. On our first Antarctic trip we sailed for 18+ hours to get a passenger to Frei Base for her to be flown out for treatment.

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So you are looking for the shortest possible trip to Antarctica and would like to include the Falklands. This is so you will not be too long away from your MIL. The shortest trips will likely involve flying over the Drake Passage. This shortens your time a bit but these often get delayed or outright cancelled (for which you can often only get your money back via your own insurance) so they may not be your best choice.

If you are mainly interested in ice you could just go to Antarctica which is what we did. We saw lots of wildlife and incredible scenery and icebergs but not the quantities of wildlife you see in the Falklands and South Georgia.

A good place to ask this is the Antarctic Adventures forum here: [URL]https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g1-i12337-Antarctic_Adventures.html[/URL]

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[quote name='janmcn']Antarctica with Holland America (Valparaiso to Buenos Aires) was amazing! 4 days around the various islands of Antarctica and the mainland...photos here so you see the various days' sights...

[url]https://quiltingjan.smugmug.com/Travel/2012/Antarctica/2012-Cruise-to-Antarctica/[/url][/QUOTE]


Very nice pics. Couldn’t believe just 4 days. You took a lot of nice pictures.



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We did our "drive-by" on the Celebrity Infinity and loved it. Undoubtedly not the same experience as an expedition itinerary, but we chose it partly due to never having been anywhere in South America before. Both Puerto Madryn and Montevideo were great ports.

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