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#247119 - 10/02/16 06:56 PM WRANGEL Roll Call  
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Don't know what it stands for but the 25 July 2018 Silver Explorer cruise 19 nights from Nome to Nome with three days at Wrangel Island will be name WRANGEL.

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Ngaire and Ken - 313
Susan and Russ - 321
Arlene and Marc - 323
June and Ralph - 412
Joan and Dave - 414
Leslie and Brad - 415


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#247121 - 10/02/16 10:39 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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#247124 - 10/03/16 03:15 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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#247129 - 10/03/16 01:15 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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#247133 - 10/03/16 04:35 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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FYI we have 24 people on this trip now. Ngaire and Ken in 313.


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#247147 - 10/04/16 05:39 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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#247162 - 10/07/16 11:02 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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#247182 - 10/14/16 11:04 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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#248927 - 09/18/17 06:42 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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For those on WRANGEL and booking return air. When we did the Northwest Passage and tried to dock in Nome there was fog that closed the port. We all were late for the plane. The plane was held but many missed connections in Anchorage. As a result when I booked the return air I took the offer of $30.00 per ticket for insurance. Seemed like a good hedge against not being able to dock on time and having problems with the flights. There are not many options leaving Nome as you will find out when looking at the options.

#248929 - 09/19/17 12:16 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Ralph, we will be purchasing trip insurance so would be double coverage for us. As we have at least six hour layover in Anchorage; being late won't be a problem. Plus, I will be retired and won't care whether I get home on time. :D

Getting excited about this trip!!

Marc


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#248930 - 09/19/17 02:01 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Originally Posted by Marc
... Plus, I will be retired and won't care whether I get home on time. :D


Marc -- What an awesome feeling of freedom!

Alice and I are not going on this trip. Instead, our big trip for 2018 will be HIPPO. So, please remove us from the Roll Call. sad


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#248951 - 09/21/17 02:21 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Anyone thinking about the Denali extension?


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#248953 - 09/21/17 04:59 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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We have done Denali before and had perfect weather and a great time. If the weather is good the helicopter to Mount McKinley was amazing. Accommodations when we were there was not great but it worked.


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#248956 - 09/21/17 08:23 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Booking the pre cruise Denali by Air pkg. Hope we get good weather days!

For anyone considering pre vs post, for some reason the pre cruise packages are $300 - $400 cheaper per person than the post cruise ones.


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#249097 - 10/15/17 09:28 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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For those on this cruise hopefully we get to see a similar sighting.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/29/incre...rn-up-to-feast-on-whale-carcass-6965067/

This of course is VERY unusual and we probably will not see a repeat but it does bode well for the possibility of seeing lots of polar bears.

June and I are very excited about this cruise and really looking forward to it. Air all booked. We are going into Nome a day early and staying the night in Nome. Should be a most interesting experience.

#249101 - 10/16/17 12:19 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Ralph showed me this when we were visiting him on the way back from the Beatles cruise. An amazing event. We know the bears are there that is for sure.


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#249104 - 10/16/17 01:24 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Any Regent ship will do....
WOW What a sight! There is still hope for me to see more than one polar bear per cruise!


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#249247 - 11/17/17 05:28 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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FOR THOSE ON WRANGEL

The instructions for the Russia Visa are now posted on the Pinnacle Travel Document Systems, the agency recommended by Silversea. They are under Silver Explorer voyage #7816. This does not seem to directly correspond to my booking number exactly but is the correct cruise.

#249258 - 11/18/17 04:34 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Thanks for sharing that Ralph. As usual you are on top of things.


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#249328 - 12/06/17 08:20 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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The Russia Visa application.

I just completed the online forms for the Russia visa application. First , I would not wait to do this. It takes quite a bit of doing to get it done. The most frustrating part is the 10 years of travel. The instructions indicate that only the country and year are needed. NOT TRUE. The form will reject without a day and month. I will not admit how on did get this done. Also maybe not all countries are needed just the ones where some time was spent. It did take me a while and it is tricky to get to the form. I needed to agree to an exception to the Apple certificate thing as the site was not considered secure. Again plan on some time to get this done.

Just a heads up.

#249329 - 12/07/17 01:58 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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When we did our visa applications a couple of years ago for Silver Explorer Nome to Otaru we only listed less than 15 countries and there was no problem. I don't think they do much comparison between stamps in the passport and the visa form. It is far easier to use the online version linked by Silversea rather than trying to use another visa service because much of the form is already filled in by Silversea.

#249346 - 12/11/17 08:29 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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I just emailed our passport copies to Silversea. We need the Letter of Support before doing the application, right? How long did that take to come back, Ralph?


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#249349 - 12/12/17 09:11 AM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Leslie. Lots of different information.

The last I heard was that the "Letter of Support" would not be available until March. They will need your official passport and the completed form to process the "Letter of Support" and ultimately get your visa.

Ralph got a second passport. We both will be travelling and need a passport in our hands. If you can prove the need you can get a second passport one will be issued. So he completed the form, passport sent in so he is all ready to be processed when the "letter of support" is available. He is always on top of things.

Once I get my second passport we will do the same thing. I will send out an email closer in to advise people to do it but most people will not want to send in their passports too early.

Would not hurt to get the application done ahead of time just one more step completed. I am not sure of the online link but Pinnacle or Ralph can share that with you. I am stranded in Brussels so cannot really do things like that from here.


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#249352 - 12/12/17 12:44 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Ngaire]  
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I'll call them - we need our passports mid March to mid April, which is why I wanted to start this now.


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#249353 - 12/12/17 01:06 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Leslie B]  
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You may need to get a second passport as well. Ralph got his easily just need the proof that you have to get one. Might as well get that too. Then you can shoot it all in early and they will process it while we are gone. Not sure if he sent in his second passport or the original because of prior travel. I actually sent an email to ask him that question. I would rather send in the second passport.


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#249355 - 12/12/17 02:38 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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FYI for those working on this:

I just spoke with Pinnacle after I downloaded and read all of the Russia visa info pertinent to our trip.

Its too early to do the application - you have to do it online, print it out, then send everything right away to Pinnacle. But they won't be able to process the visas until around March since they have to wait for all the specific stuff that Silversea has to provide, ie letter of support, permit for visiting restricted access areas, etc. The application expires within 30 days. The deadline to send our application and passports is March 27 so they can get it all done by the May 16 deadline that Silversea has for receiving the visas for our voyage.

We will be gone 3/17 - 4/11 - smack dab in the middle of all that - they said that I could apply in Feb; but if they don't have what they need from Silversea they won't be able to process everything and get our passports back before we leave for the Asia cruise.

So, I am going to get second passports so I don't have to worry about it - they think that this is the best option. Then they can be working on all that stuff while we're gone in the normal time frame. They're sending me the application to apply for them.


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#249356 - 12/12/17 02:52 PM Re: WRANGEL Roll Call [Re: Marc]  
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Yes that is what we are doing too. I am just going to the passport office to do the second passport. Will be doing that the second I get home. Very close to our office. You have to send in your original passport when you apply for the second passport as well. So I need my passport back for Inca.

The second passports are good for four years. They have a different passport number.
Critical any paperwork accompanying the trip all uses the passport number you are planning on using. A mismatch could be a problem.


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