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Old May 15, 17, 8:11 am #16

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We're considering one of the Silversea Antarctic Peninsula trips (no Falklands or S. Georgia stops). Can we expect penguins on the peninsula?
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We're considering one of the Silversea Antarctic Peninsula trips (no Falklands or S. Georgia stops). Can we expect penguins on the peninsula?
Seeing Penguins on the Peninsula is a pretty safe bet
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Old May 18, 17, 2:32 pm #18

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I'm counting on that, but I know they are more numerous on the islands mentioned that we are not visiting.
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Old May 19, 17, 2:12 pm #19

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I think it also depends on the type of penguins. I went down past the Antarctic Circle and up the peninsula and never saw an emporer penguin.

Thousands of Adelies, Gentoos, Chinstraps though :P
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Old May 19, 17, 2:20 pm #20

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Looking forward to that! Were hoping for a December trip, to see chicks, but looks like we'll be going in February instead
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if booking high level suite could also take a look at White Desert

re thread, there are also cruises which fly both ways across drake
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Old Jun 3, 17, 4:20 am #22

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Looking forward to that! Were hoping for a December trip, to see chicks, but looks like we'll be going in February instead
if you haven't booked, would you like to have a chat about what you are looking for? I can offer a small discount off the marked prices as well so it would be a win-win situation for you.
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We are leaving for Chile in 2 weeks and then onto the ship to Antartica! So glad to hear you had a good experience with Quest! I will certainly report back on our experience. Everything we have read has been very positive so we are very much looking forward to the adventure! Thank you for the great feedback on Quest!
We are going in a few months. Any advice based on your experience?
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Old Sep 5, 17, 9:19 am #24

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We are going in a few months. Any advice based on your experience?
Are you interested in hearing about Chile by land, or the trip to Antarctica on Seabourn Quest which included some stops along the Chilean coast, went to Antarctica from Ushuaia, Argentina for 6 days, then in our case to South Georgia and back to Buenos Aires via Montevideo. We spent time by land in Chile first and a few days in Buenos Aires at the end ( both of which we had visited several times before for business and for pleasure). Let me know your areas of interest and I'm happy to help! We loved everything on this trip, but the Antarctica and South Georgia experience on Seabourn could not have been better. It was truly a trip of a lifetime!
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Are you interested in hearing about Chile by land, or the trip to Antarctica on Seabourn Quest which included some stops along the Chilean coast, went to Antarctica from Ushuaia, Argentina for 6 days, then in our case to South Georgia and back to Buenos Aires via Montevideo. We spent time by land in Chile first and a few days in Buenos Aires at the end ( both of which we had visited several times before for business and for pleasure). Let me know your areas of interest and I'm happy to help! We loved everything on this trip, but the Antarctica and South Georgia experience on Seabourn could not have been better. It was truly a trip of a lifetime!
Many thanks for your offer of your insights!

We will be taking the Quest EZE-SCL, so would really appreciate any advice you might have for that trip. We will be in BA for three nights before our departure. We will not be going to S. Georgia on this itinerary. We will be taking a full-day tour of the SCL area between docking and late-night return home.

Not sure what shore excursions you found worthwhile, but one that we are considering is a flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales to (briefly) visit the Torres del Paine National Park. Might you have a recommendation for this very expensive excursion?

This will be our first trip to adventure to this part of the world, so if you have any suggestions for making it a wonderful trip, they would be appreciated.
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You will love this trip! It is fantastic. In BA 3 days makes sense. There is a lot to see and do. Great restaurants too. I have been a number of times and I think 3 days very worthwhile. Santiago one day ok unless you want to do wine tasting, etc. I highly recommend the expensive trip to Torres Del Paine. We did it and we're very happy we did. Sign up soon as it will sell out as only a limited number of people can go. The weather could be iffy, but we lucked out and has a nice day. Beautiful scenery.

If you can I suggest for the way you are going a room on the starboard side would be good for going through the Chilean fjords. If you are on the other side no problem but for that one part of the trip it makes sense. We went the other way and we're on the port side and did not have to leave our room to see many things but it's only for a short time.

Antarctica itself was really amazing. We lucked out on the weather. Seabourn dies an amazing job organizationally. Only 80'people can go ashore at once. You have a colored wristband and go at different times each day. It ran like a clock. They help you get into your boots, into the zodiacs, have a fantastic expedition team that goes ashore ahead of time and maos everything out for you. It is first class all the way. Lectures are every day but you can go in person, watch from the tv in your room, or they record them so you can watch on your own time. Be sure to rent the boots. If your boots don't fit they have a " boot exchange" and things worked out for everyone. We also rented the walking sticks. Some days they were helpful, but some nit necessary. Good to have depending on the depth of the snow.
We bought most of the recommended clothes, but fir us the weather was warmer than expected. Not warm, but nit as cold as exoected is probably a better way to describe! If you are taking iph˛ne photos get glove liners that work with iPhones. Look online as otherwise you have to take the gloves and liners off. Especially if you have a screen cover protecting the glass. I also had a thing to hook it around my neck so did not have to worry about dropping. My husband carried the serious camera gear. Drakes Passage was rough but not as bad as I expected. Once in Antarctica it was very calm and well protected. The crew and expedition staff go out of their way to make it a great trip. All expeditions in Antarctica are included except kayaking which I suggest you try once or twice if so inclined. It also sells out so plan in advance. Ifctgecweather bad they will cancel. MDR was open for breakfast and lunch every day on our cruise. But they had heaters and blankets on the pool deck so lots of people ate outside in Antarctica too. Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions. I'm happy to answer!
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Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions. I'm happy to answer!
Thanks for your very helpful comments. PM to follow!
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Old Sep 9, 17, 8:40 am #28

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Larkin - I am on the Quest trip on 20 Dec, sailing Santiago-Antarctica-South Georgia etc. Your reports and an almost daily blog posted up on Cruise Critic were big factors in my decision to take the Seabourn cruise rather than one on an expedition ship.
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thanks Larkin!

Pausanias, did it seem like excursions are comparable?
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La Cabrera in BA gave me the best steak I've ever had in my life. $35 US for two of us (steak, fries, salad, no alcohol).

Prebooking is pretty much required.
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