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Post by NavyIC3 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am

Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.

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Post by Mingus » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:49 pm

Lot's of people seem to be going to Antarctica. Been a lot of activity down there since WWII. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Post by KlingKlang » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:09 pm

My stupid opinion is that everything will depend on the weather/sea/ice/wildlife conditions at the exact time and place that you arrive. It may be the experience of a lifetime or you may not be able to see your hand in front of your face before it cracks off. At my age I think that I'll just stay home and watch March of the Penguins.

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Post by adamthesmythe » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:47 pm

Haven't been yet, but since I have been to the Arctic I want to go the other place too.

For me, it will be desirable to be on a smaller ship with as many shore excursions as practical.

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Post by ResearchMed » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:05 pm

BrewOx wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am
Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
We have it in the backs of our minds.

Next month, we are off with Hurtigruten for a 12 night Norwegian coastal cruise, from Bergen up and over the northern tip of Norway.
The sister ship to ours is currently in Antarctica for the season.

Hurtigruten isn't a regular cruise line, at least in Norway. It began as the local ferry service, and still serves that function... but over the years they've added "real" cabins and then some suites. But there not many of the services/amenities of regular cruise lines (e.g., no casinos, no singing and dancing entertainment, no room service, etc.). We've never set foot in a ship casino other than if it's absolutely the shortest path somewhere (they tend to allow smoking, which makes it even worse!), and we almost never go to the "shows", so the only thing we might "miss" is room service. We'll take turns with that :wink:

The one thing that worries us, at our ages, is how far it would be in Antarctica should there be a really serious medical situation.
OTOH, it's rather unlikely that "something" would happen right then.
But still, it does give us pause...

We are reading up on www.CruiseCritic.com about the Antarctic cruises with various lines, including reviews.
It sounds fascinating, and the photos are... unreal!

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Post by lthenderson » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:11 pm

I've been there through the words of Shackleton, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Amundsen and others.

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Post by bhusa » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:37 pm

We visited there with Cheeseman Eco tour, and have fantastic experience, the price is relatively cheaper than comparable tour by National Geography and Quarz Expedition, the accommodation and food is just ok - far from luxurious, but the guides are fantastic, 13 mostly Alaskan guides for 110 guests. Be sure to sign up a trip with Falkland visit and South Georgia Island visit(total 24 days??). Antactica per se is just okay, most wild birds/animals are in these two islands, literally in hundred of thousands. And follow the on board doctor's sea sickness medication when crossing the Drake passage, and everything will be fine.

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Post by jdb » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:37 pm

Currently visiting through words and photos of Erling Kagge in Silence in the Age of Noise. Just translated into English from Norwegian. The author trekked to the North Pole with a Norwegian companion and trekked by himself to the South Pole, just him and his skis and sled. Beautiful photographs of Antarctica taken by author in the slim book. Recommend, but best if read when alone in quiet room. Good luck.
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Post by informal guide » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:53 pm

My spouse and I went a year ago on a similar Ponant ship - Le Soleal. It is truly an amazing experience and adventure. We are travel junkies and this is truly a highlight of all our trips!

Our trip was a charter much like Tauck, but run by a specialized travel agency, Gohagan & Co out of Chicago. It was marketed by around a dozen affinity groups, mostly higher ed institutions like Carlelton College, UCLA, Yale but also including others like the Smithsonian museum. Ours was 9 nights on the sip.

These ships are small but luxurious by any standard, with a distinct French flavor in the sailing crew, the naturalists on board (who run the excursions), and the kitchen (think French baking...). The Drake passage between Argentina and Antarctica can be very rough, but the sailing staff are true veterans. Once you get to Antarctica, the seas are calm and there are typically two 1-2 hour zodiac excursions a day - -don't miss any of them! There are also lectures to enhance your knowledge of the flora and fauna (think penguins, other birds, and seals) and history of the continent. The treaty that governs Antarctica mandates that no more than 100 people can be ashore at once, so you won't feel crowded. I read that there were more than 30,000 visitors (most between December and March) to Antarctica last year, but the ships typically avoid being in sight of one another, so the solitude is breathtaking.

We had little sunshine - -it was mostly cloudy/drizzy with temperatures in the 30's (F) but that did not detract from the experience. I recommend the trip without hesitation! I encourage you to read the Ernest Shackleton book and some naturalist materials to whet your appetite.

When we went we did an independent side trip to Iguazu Falls (a huge jungle waterfall on the Brazil/Argentina border) for a couple days - really neat and quite a contrast to Antarctica.

Enjoy!!

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Post by Taylor Larimore » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:09 pm

BrewOx wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am
Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
BrewOx:

Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum!

Yes, I have been to Antarctica. It is an unforgettable experience.

My son, Jeffrey, is currently aboard the Holland America "Prinsendam" on his way to Antarctica.

We both thank Jack Bogle for making it possible.

Best wishes.
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Post by BoulderHippie » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:22 pm

The seas can be wicked. Don't depart without a scopolamine patch supply and Reliefband with extra batteries!

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Post by Phineas J. Whoopee » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:23 pm

BrewOx wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am
Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
I have.

It was the most different place (from the northern hemisphere temperate zone) I have been to. The light. The penguins. The seals. The whales. The historical remains. The light.

It was well worth it to me, but I found a relatively inexpensive smaller ship on its first Antarctic voyage, the MS Andrea (it previously had been a Nordic fjord ferry, so it was built ice-hardened), call it two-star accommodations and food (perfectly serviceable - I hadn't undertaken the journey to look at the inside of a ship), very good expedition leadership, and a few single cabins with no supplement. All but about $400 of my air travel was covered by frequent flyer miles I'd acquired from business trips.

The weather during the far southern summer is highly variable. It's mostly a matter of luck. Ours was really good, as such things go. A ship not many days behind us hove to (a nautical term related to heave ho) by dropping anchor for a couple of days. Three years later one smallish ship sank, but all the passengers and crew were rescued. I accepted I was taking a level of physical risk when I decided to go, and for me doing so was worth it. I returned uninjured and unsickened, save for a desire to remain there rather than go home. No doubt the polar winter would have changed my mind.

Probably your ship will have something for passengers (and crew) to take to help with any nausea while crossing the Drake Passage, which includes the Antarctic Convergence, both directions. Two thousand latitudinal miles of wild ocean currents and winds whip around that bit of the globe, but they're suddenly compressed into six hundred miles at that spot with little loss of energy. I would, and did, bring my own medication to hedge the probably part.

If you can, view Cape Horn as you pass by.

Reading about the Shackleton expedition is great. Reading about the Greely arctic expedition is instructive.

My trip was long enough ago that I have little more practical advice the tour company won't give you. I eventually found my sea legs, which consists of staying vertical relative to the water below you regardless of how the ship moves.

[brag] I have visited all seven continents. [/brag]

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Post by jbranx » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:13 am

It's a great journey for sure. DW and I were there as part of the 68-day Prinsendam (Holland America) trip around S. America in 2008. Take a good camera with a lens that will allow you to focus on icebergs and penguins at a distance. The winds can be awful for sure; the Drake Passage fully deserves its reputation. We were forced to stay in bed the rocking was so awful.

Best part of the trip for us was South Georgia Island. Shackleton's grave is there along with that of the lone Argentine soldier the Brits killed during the Falklands campaign. The whaling history there is pretty awesome. Also recommend reading a good Shackleton book before the trip. The guides really know their stuff and make it all very fascinating. Photo comparisons of ice levels today vs the past on spots like Elephant Island are a good lesson on why ocean levels are rising as well.

We would rank visiting Antarctica among the best we've ever seen; right up there with sailing the Amazon and visiting the Arctic. A very warm coat/hoodie/face cover/extra warm gloves will allow you to tolerate the winds to get good pics from on the deck. Concur with others that some good research/doc consultation is in order for anyone who experiences motion sickness because of the D. Passage. Hope you also get to see some of the other nation's research stations on the trip. You will likely see many other ships, large and small, a fact that someday may lead to cruising the area being restricted or banned.

For those worried about possible medical issues, all the ships are required to have a doctor aboard and most have fairly sophisticated facilities with x-rays and labs and critical meds. They don't take Medicare or insurance but they won't toss you overboard if you can't pay. The only "inconvenience" I recall was related to them not making water crossing the area and the internet signal/satellite not always working. Just fyi, Shackleton had a heart attack when he returned to South Geo for a visit later in life; he was transported to B. Aires and died there. His request to be buried on S. Georgia was honored by the Brits.
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Post by munemaker » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:53 am

My wife refuses to vacation anywhere that has "ice" or "artic" in it's name. Is there a Four Seasons there?

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munemaker wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:53 am
My wife refuses to vacation anywhere that has "ice" or "artic" in it's name. Is there a Four Seasons there?
Some of the ships that cruise there now are much nicer than Four Seasons and she doesn't have to get close to the ice. In the old days when the Prinsendam pioneered cruising there with a Norweigan captain, it was still a fairly new ship but it's showing its age today, the captain who helped build the ship retired and many other cruise lines have gotten up the courage and the navigation tools to dodge the ice. The Pdam is about 800 passenger size; many larger and fancier are there today during the season.

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Post by JFKtoSFO » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:50 pm

I went a few years back with Lindblad/Nat Geo and it was absolutely fantastic. Third-ing the recommendation to add South Georgia to your itinerary, seeing hundreds of thousands of penguins on one island is a sight to behold. People assume my pictures are photoshopped, it’s so surreal!

As far as seasons go, a lot of it depends on what you want to see. Much of this was specific to S. Georgia, but I was told that the November trip was more about seeing baby elephant seals, and the February trip was more about seeing baby penguins. For Antarctica, I’m pretty sure all the trips during the season were similar.

Regarding weather - it was actually warmer there than in New York (this was back when the Northeast was going through a bit of a freeze). I didn’t wear more clothes than I normally would if I was going skiing. There were times in South Georgia where I was hiking around in short sleeves and perfectly comfortable.

If you’re physically able, I highly recommend going with a smaller and more active ship. There was so much to see that wouldn’t have been accessible from a deck on the ship, or even from a small Zodiac boat.

Have a great trip!

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Post by whatusername? » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:24 pm

I have, and there really is no reference point for it. For the most part it lacks any human scale, making it incredibly hard to describe sufficiently. It's one of those things you just have to do in order to understand. I think you will have a great time aboard Le Boreal.

Pack less than you think you will need, a camera that you are able to competently use on a moment's notice (even if it's just a point-and-shoot), and good for pulling the trigger and deciding to go. I had a discussion with an older couple who said that the only thing they would change about the trip was to have done it 10 years earlier when they would have been a bit spryer. I'm fortunate not to have that regret. The above posts give some good practical tips.

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Post by tomd37 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:38 pm

Been there, done that! Way back in 1964 compliments of the United States Navy as a deployment with the Navy Seabees Mobile Construction Battalion Six at McMurdo Station from October '64 to February '65 doing construction work on the then developing base.

But then that is not the type of cruise to which you refer :wink:
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Post by Smorgasbord » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:51 pm

I went on the Lyubov Orlova (now a ghost ship) using Quark back in 2009. It was two days on the Drake, 5 or 6 days in the South Shetland Islands and the Peninsula (at least two shore excursions per day), followed by another two days on the Drake. It was a wonderful trip, and plan on doing it again later in life. I went late in the season, so the baby penguins were not nearly as cute, but they were a lot more active and curious about the people walking around.

One thing that kind of surprised me with Quark was that we were not given room keys and all the guest rooms remained unlocked at all times. This was a bit concerning at first since I had a new $1,000 camera, but then I realized how many people on board had $10,000 cameras. :D

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Post by youngin87 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:20 pm

Antarctica was my sixth continent. I traveled via cruise ship and highly recommend scopolamine patches. I took meclizine tabs instead and they made me like a zombie during most of the trip. Scopolamine patches generally have less side effects.

Expenses vary depending on how long the cruise, how classy the amenities are, and if you share your room. The likelihood of seeing whales depends on the season you travel in, although you will pretty much see penguins most of the time. There are a lot of websites you can read about traveling to Antarctica.

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Post by dpm321 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:34 am

bhusa wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:37 pm
We visited there with Cheeseman Eco tour, and have fantastic experience, the price is relatively cheaper than comparable tour by National Geography and Quarz Expedition, the accommodation and food is just ok - far from luxurious, but the guides are fantastic, 13 mostly Alaskan guides for 110 guests. Be sure to sign up a trip with Falkland visit and South Georgia Island visit(total 24 days??). Antactica per se is just okay, most wild birds/animals are in these two islands, literally in hundred of thousands. And follow the on board doctor's sea sickness medication when crossing the Drake passage, and everything will be fine.
Alaskan guides for Antarctica? Interesting.

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JFKtoSFO wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:50 pm
I went a few years back with Lindblad/Nat Geo and it was absolutely fantastic.
We saw the Galapagos with Lindblad about 10 years ago and absolutely loved it. Antarctica has been on our to-do list (preferably with them, but definitely on a similar sized small ship) ever since then. I am pretty sure I want to “splurge” and include South Georgia Islands and the Falklands.

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Post by ThreeBears » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:56 pm

We went to antarctica (including Falkland and South Georgia) about five years ago.

It's primarily well-aged folk who go on such adventures. Better late than never. I guess.

We used this company: https://us.ponant.com/l-austral-au-4

It appears to be the exact same boat. Our boat sailed under a french flag, and I really appreciated the french influence and food.

I didn't see a specific question. It appears you already bought your ticket . . . and my only advice would be to include Falkland and South Georgia if possible. They were both very memorable.

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TravelGeek wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:11 am
JFKtoSFO wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:50 pm
I went a few years back with Lindblad/Nat Geo and it was absolutely fantastic.
We saw the Galapagos with Lindblad about 10 years ago and absolutely loved it. Antarctica has been on our to-do list (preferably with them, but definitely on a similar sized small ship) ever since then. I am pretty sure I want to “splurge” and include South Georgia Islands and the Falklands.
I have been on their Galapagos trip as well, so wonderful! Yes, you absolutely want to splurge... there is no question about it. I believe they now have trips that just go to S. Georgia and the Falklands, but for the price, and for the time and travel involved, you may as well just hit all 3 places when you go. Next up for me is going to be either French Polynesia or Alaska. Happy travels! :beer

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BrewOx wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am
Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
We actually just got back a few weeks ago from our Antarctic cruise on Le Boreal with the Tauck group (we booked directly with Ponant, but about 1/3 of the ship was booked by the Tauck group). I echo everything that "informal guide" said. Your trip is going to be mostly weather-dependent. We got really lucky with "Drake lake" both ways and sunny conditions each day in Antarctica. Before leaving, we met a friend in Buenos Aires who had just returned from Antartica, and she said they had to deal with 30-degree tilts in the Drake Passage. A photographer I follow on Instagram went to the same sites a couple of days later and wasn't even able to disembark because of the bad weather. So be prepared for that.

The ship itself is quite nice. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of fruit and vegetables that remained even at the end of the trip. The crowd was about 1/2 American (with the Tauck group), 1/4 French, and 1/4 other (several Australians, Brits, Chinese). The ages ranged from a few tweens/teens with their parents to DINKS in their 30s (like us) to retired folk in their 80s. The activities are accessible to all, though some decided to stay behind on the ship during some excursions. I highly recommend going out on all of the excursions, even if you don't do the (relatively gentle) hikes.

That said, you're going to spend most of your time on the ship, so don't overpack the winter/outdoor gear. The ship-supplied parka is plenty warm. I usually wore just one layer under it unless it was particularly windy. Waterproof pants are a must though.

Antarctica was our seventh continent, and it was hands down my favorite trip so far. So much pristine, natural beauty. Going into it, we thought that this would be more of a "check it off" trip and that we would never return. Afterward, we vowed to return again.

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Cash wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:43 am
BrewOx wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am
Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
We actually just got back a few weeks ago from our Antarctic cruise on Le Boreal with the Tauck group (we booked directly with Ponant, but about 1/3 of the ship was booked by the Tauck group). I echo everything that "informal guide" said. Your trip is going to be mostly weather-dependent. We got really lucky with "Drake lake" both ways and sunny conditions each day in Antarctica. Before leaving, we met a friend in Buenos Aires who had just returned from Antartica, and she said they had to deal with 30-degree tilts in the Drake Passage. A photographer I follow on Instagram went to the same sites a couple of days later and wasn't even able to disembark because of the bad weather. So be prepared for that.

The ship itself is quite nice. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of fruit and vegetables that remained even at the end of the trip. The crowd was about 1/2 American (with the Tauck group), 1/4 French, and 1/4 other (several Australians, Brits, Chinese). The ages ranged from a few tweens/teens with their parents to DINKS in their 30s (like us) to retired folk in their 80s. The activities are accessible to all, though some decided to stay behind on the ship during some excursions. I highly recommend going out on all of the excursions, even if you don't do the (relatively gentle) hikes.

That said, you're going to spend most of your time on the ship, so don't overpack the winter/outdoor gear. The ship-supplied parka is plenty warm. I usually wore just one layer under it unless it was particularly windy. Waterproof pants are a must though.

Antarctica was our seventh continent, and it was hands down my favorite trip so far. So much pristine, natural beauty. Going into it, we thought that this would be more of a "check it off" trip and that we would never return. Afterward, we vowed to return again.
Very interesting.

Are you aware of what the Tauck group "got" (lectures? or?) that those not using Tauck "got"?

And do you happen to know if using Tauck cost more (could be less if they reserved in bulk, etc.)?

Many thanks.
Threads/posts like these (here and on CruiseCritic) are getting us more and more intrigued...

Oh, right... which is the excursion to choose for the Drake Lake option? :wink: :wink:

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ResearchMed wrote:
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Very interesting.

Are you aware of what the Tauck group "got" (lectures? or?) that those not using Tauck "got"?

And do you happen to know if using Tauck cost more (could be less if they reserved in bulk, etc.)?

Many thanks.
Threads/posts like these (here and on CruiseCritic) are getting us more and more intrigued...

Oh, right... which is the excursion to choose for the Drake Lake option? :wink: :wink:

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This was the subject of much discussion among the non-Tauck people. The ship put all of them in the same excursion groups, but they didn't get special lectures or guides or anything. Same info and people we were getting. It really just seemed like Tauck provided a couple of people to hold their hands the entire time to make sure everything went smoothly. I really only saw any value when we got back to Buenos Aires and a transportation worker strike shut down the airport. So Tauck handled their rebookings while we had to spend a few minutes on the Delta and Priceline apps to rebook our flight and find a hotel for the night...

I think Tauck also had some pre-trip options available. Coincidentally, we did the same thing they did: arrived in Buenos Aires a couple of days early to sightsee. I booked a boutique hotel directly and found a city tour through Trip Advisor. They stayed at the Hilton and had a guide arranged for them.

And yes, Tauck charges a premium. When we were looking on the ship, it seemed like the premium was about 10-20%. But it depends on a number of factors, including whether you catch one of Ponant's sales (they were recently offering airfare from the U.S. to Buenos Aires in addition to the early booking discount).

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jbranx wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:05 am
munemaker wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:53 am
My wife refuses to vacation anywhere that has "ice" or "artic" in it's name. Is there a Four Seasons there?
Some of the ships that cruise there now are much nicer than Four Seasons and she doesn't have to get close to the ice. In the old days when the Prinsendam pioneered cruising there with a Norweigan captain, it was still a fairly new ship but it's showing its age today, the captain who helped build the ship retired and many other cruise lines have gotten up the courage and the navigation tools to dodge the ice. The Pdam is about 800 passenger size; many larger and fancier are there today during the season.
Thanks. Good to know but I still don't think it will fly.

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Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
My wife and I have been there. It was unbelievably beautiful.

Here are some of her pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mothernat ... 3350556279
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The one thing that worries us, at our ages, is how far it would be in Antarctica should there be a really serious medical situation.
OTOH, it's rather unlikely that "something" would happen right then.
But still, it does give us pause...
I believe when we went the cruise line demanded that we have emergency medical evacuation insurance for that possibility. Whether they did require it, we got it. I believe it cost $250 or so.

Or if you have the American Express Platinum card, that will cover emergency medical evacuation as a card benefit.
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technovelist wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:02 pm
BrewOx wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am
Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
My wife and I have been there. It was unbelievably beautiful.

Here are some of her pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mothernat ... 3350556279
Which cruise line/ship?

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Post by Shackleton » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:17 pm

I’ve been there. Lost my best dog team. But proud to say I didn’t lose any of my men.
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Re: Antarctica [anyone traveled there?]

Post by technovelist » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:28 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:08 pm
technovelist wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:02 pm
BrewOx wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:45 am
Has anyone been there? Your thoughts on it. We are going with Tauck on Ponant Le Boreal.
My wife and I have been there. It was unbelievably beautiful.

Here are some of her pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mothernat ... 3350556279
Which cruise line/ship?

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Star Princess.
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Re: Antarctica [anyone traveled there?]

Post by TravelGeek » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:31 pm

Shackleton wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:17 pm
I’ve been there. Lost my best dog team. But proud to say I didn’t lose any of my men.
LOL

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Re: Antarctica [anyone traveled there?]

Post by Cash » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:29 am

technovelist wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:05 pm
ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:05 pm

The one thing that worries us, at our ages, is how far it would be in Antarctica should there be a really serious medical situation.
OTOH, it's rather unlikely that "something" would happen right then.
But still, it does give us pause...
I believe when we went the cruise line demanded that we have emergency medical evacuation insurance for that possibility. Whether they did require it, we got it. I believe it cost $250 or so.

Or if you have the American Express Platinum card, that will cover emergency medical evacuation as a card benefit.
Our cruise line also required it. Trip insurance cost for us was approximately 5% of the total trip cost through American Express. That said, once we got down there, it was obvious that any evacuation would not be quick. As someone else mentioned, the ships have on-board medical staff. We had a doctor or nurse out on each excursion.

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