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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #249623 02/17/18 09:42 PM
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Great news Ralph & June. We so enjoyed time spent with Chris and Lynette...obviously we are drawn to Kiwi's and looking forward to meeting more. I love their sense of humor. Sounds like a great group !


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Olivia, please remove us from the POP2IT roll call.

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Originally Posted by Marc
Olivia, please remove us from the POP2IT roll call.

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Shoot. sad


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Please remove us from the roll call as well


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I'm so sorry the 4 of you are dropping out ! Of course you'll be missed.


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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #250920 09/19/18 11:58 PM
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We’re dropping out too, so please remove us from the roll call.

We decided to book the circumnavigating Iceland cruise on the Cloud in August, 2019. Can’t do them all.

We loved our trip to The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica in 2007 - despite the German battles in the boot room... I’m sure the experience on the Cloud will be fabulous and we will be following your experiences closely.


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Leslie, I am so sorry that you and Brad won’t be joining us for Antarctica, but SO excited that you are doing the Iceland trip. It is really going to be amazing, and George and the other guys are going to get into so much trouble. I can feel it already!

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I'm out too. Early January is bad at the office, but I also found a great itinerary on Ponant Seychelles to Madagascar that visits the Comoros Islands in March. No single supplement either. I'm sure you will all have a wonderful time. Say hi to the Adelie penguins for me!

Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251382 01/29/19 02:21 PM
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Olivia -
It looks like Alice and I were accidentally removed from the roll call. Please put us back in our cabin! loopy
Kim & Alice 427


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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251455 02/25/19 12:11 AM
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Airline tickets are obtained. Very few miles used for the outbound, but lots of miles used to come home as we need to be back home on the 20th. At any rate, it is set up and I am happy.

Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251459 02/25/19 12:57 PM
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Same scenario with us Rachel. We are spending a night in Miami on the way down (annual visit to Regent completed so that worked out fine) and great miles. Coming back expensive but the nonstop and the other routes were the same points. So at least we got the nonstop home. YES we are happy to have our done as well. Those doing SIlversea air it wont open for a while yet.


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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251464 02/25/19 07:46 PM
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We too are having to spend a night in Miami on the way down--but worth it to get such a good deal with the miles.

Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251467 02/26/19 03:51 PM
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How many days would be good to explore Santiago?


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Hi, Kim,
Santiago is a pretty nice city as far as large cities in South America go, but not that much as far as specific sights. However, there is very nice wine country nearby. We have been there twice and did wine tours both times which were great.

Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: RachelG] #251470 02/26/19 11:35 PM
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Thanks, Rachel. I guess there's no need to be in a hurry to get there. But, not a bad idea to get there in time to relax and enjoy some time in the city and maybe even venture to wine country.


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Best thing about Santiago is the king crab. Not much else going on there IMO. We did not make it to wine country but that sounds like the way to go. Wish we were joining you!
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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251872 07/09/19 07:39 PM
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Just FYI POP2IT was a brilliant name that I thought was great. However, so many new people who have no idea what it means so I contacted Marc who came up with POP2it and he suggest this name instead. Sure would not want Marc to lose his virtual teapot!!

I think this is such a great name, seeing both Antarctica and Africa changes ones perspective. Nature is amazing.

ADELIE - Antarctic Destination Enhances Life In Everyone

So that is the new name and I will Karen to change it accordingly.


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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251878 07/19/19 08:09 PM
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Is there a boot room on the Cloud? I didn't see it in June yet I can't imagine having to clean our boots in our cabin.


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Yes, there is a boot room. We didn’t see it on our Cloud trip in May (or yours) since there weren’t any wet landings.

We are going on the circumnavigating Iceland trip on August 5th. We are taking our boots, although it’s not clear if there will be any wet landings. Will report in, as I’m sure will Rachel. Especially interested in the boot room and status of boots to borrow.


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These are the automatic boot washes turned over. They lay flat and you walk through them I believe.
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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251881 07/20/19 12:07 AM
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I also found out there are just 60 pair of boots on the Silver Cloud. So you really do need to rent or purchase boots when going to Antarctica or the Arctic. I loved that boot room so much more spacious and the racks are nicer too. Just well designed as well for traffic flow - one door in and one door out.


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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251885 07/20/19 01:51 PM
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The boot room looks great!


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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #251889 07/21/19 06:12 PM
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I agree so anxious to be on the Silver Cloud for Antarctica and see just how that boot room works. It seems SO large after the Explorer and just 75 more people. It is probably 3 to 4 times bigger than the Explorer boot room. Also what is nice is the larger waiting area to board the zodiacs. Definitely benefits (including bathtubs) to the Cloud. However, I am still looking forward to being on the Silver Explorer, Dunedin to Dunedin. An area I have always wanted to explore. Had so many good trips on the Explorer it does have a place in my heart.


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Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: Ngaire] #252052 09/04/19 12:14 AM
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I’m sorry to say I’ve had to remove myself from the Roll Call due to some continuing mobility problems just not suited to being on the passage to get there, and getting on and off Zodiacs. It’s a real disappointment as a I loved my ICE cruise so much years ago when Radisson chartered the Explorer Expedition ship. Fully intend to see some of you on Locks next March!

Have fun everyone, it’s an amazing trip!

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As a few of you know June and I are in the process of cancelling this cruise also. Was a difficult decision as we both wanted to go but for a number of issues just not in the cards for us. Our friends in New Zealand the Howells are still booked along with a few other Kiwi's so I know you all will have a grand time.

Re: Roll call for POP2IT Jan 2020 Silver Cloud Antarctica [Re: jhp] #252107 10/06/19 03:42 PM
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Tom & I (and Sue & Ray) are flying from LAX to Santiago for 1 extra night just to relax and have a good night sleep since the charter leaves at an ungodly early hour on Jan 4. We leave afternoon New Years day and arrive on January 2nd morning. I thought SS's add on for 1 extra night was very reasonably priced and includes the transfer to the hotel.

Anyone else arriving early ?


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We are leaving SFO Dec 30 and (hopefully) arriving Santiago the morning of the 31st. We've got multiple stops as we're using mileage, so plenty of chances for mis-connections. We will be staying 3 nights at the Regal Pacific Hotel before we transfer to the Mandarin Oriental for one night.

I will be looking into some winery trips if anyone else (beside Cindy and David) is interested. We may do a food tour as well as we arrived a day late our last trip to Santiago and missed ours.

As I own no cold weather gear (jacket ordered and boots rented) what exactly does one wear under the waterproof pants?? Jeans, long underwear, what??? Are others renting or bringing ski/trekking poles? Is there a master list anywhere of items we MUST have or at least that are highly recommended?


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Check my website this is WHAT TO WEAR
https://www.keeneluxurytravel.com/expedition-cruising/what-to-wear/

Ken wears just blue jeans. I wear a thin long underwear and a light fleece pant most of the time. Sometime not the long underwear depending on the say.

I never use a walking stick most of the time you are on beaches - look at the pictures from the landings. Mostly flat beaches some areas can be rocky
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Perfect! Thanks Ngaire!!


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Suzanne, does this mean you're not staying the last night at hotel where SS is putting everyone? I've heard that the bus leaves very early in the morning from the hotel to airport for the charter flight to Ushuaia. Are you planning to meet up at the Santiago airport the morning of January 4th ?


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Mandarin Oriental is the Silversea Hotel so she is moving to that hotel for the night of the 3rd. We wont leave Suzanne behind!!


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That's good to hear. Several months ago a SS phone rep told me a different hotel. Happy to hear it's the Mandarin Oriental.


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If anyone else is arriving early and looking for something to do, come join us (Mark and Suzanne and Cindy and David) on these two adventures!

January 2: Wine Tasting in the Maipo Valley on the "Little Wine Bus": The Little Wine Bus

January 3: A walking tour of Santiago with food tastings and markets: Food Walking Tour


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Nice idea to share these details. We do not arrive until the 3rd but I will bring this to the attention of some others you know to check this thread.


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Thanks for posting this Suzanne. I arrive Jan 2 so the first tour wouldn't work (too bad because it looks like a great tour) I am interested in the Jan. 3 walking tour. I didn't see a hotel pickup so I wondered how you would get to meeting point - by cab?

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Hi Susan!

You can get to the meeting point by metro (La Moneda station), cab or Uber! If you're staying at the Mandarin Oriental you might try coordinating transportation with Cindy and David who are there from January 1.


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Thanks Suzanne!

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A recent Antarctica cruise had some issues prior to charter from Santiago:

http://www.early-retirement.org/for...e-trip-really-is-101297.html#post2341861



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Wow - what a story that was unbelievable. I am glad although traveling without your carefully planned luggage you had an enjoyable trip. Super weather it seems and the penguins are so amazing. Everyone in the same situation would have helped and fortunately Ushuaia has good stores to purchase the items you needed.

We have lost my luggage so many times that we deal with it quite well. Once in the Arctic our luggage was lost and similar situation where you needed specialized clothing. I bought enough in Longyearbyen that I did not want my luggage to show up. But there it was just as we were pulling up the gangplank our luggage made the ship.

Our trip is now so very close I am starting to gather my "stuff" in participation of getting my luggage!


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What an experience you had....thankfully it all worked out for you and you ending up having a wonderful experience.

Years ago I had a terrible experience flying to meet my husband who was working in Bangkok at the time. I was booked in a business class seat from LAX but the airlines screwed up. I ended up in a cheap middle economy seat in the next to the last row of the entire plane next to the rear lavatory. I was seated between 2 men who spoke no English and smelled absolutely disgusting ,

The airline announced 20 minutes after take off that mistakenly, it hadn't loaded 120 meals so I had NOTHING to eat the entire flight.

The lavatory overflowed 2 hours into the flight and was yellow-taped off right at my row. The smell was overpowering and I was a prisoner in my middle seat.

Upon arrival (what seemed like a month) we had to use a plank laid in the isle to deplane. I was so excited to see Tom at the gate but it only got worse. Arriving at baggage claim, my bag hadn't made it. Another hour to file a missing bag claim. I had nothing to wear but the smelly clothes I had flown in. My luggage arrived 2 days later.

IT WAS THE TRIP FROM HELL !


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