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tachyon Ok, this trip is sadly something that can't be left until the last minute. Some of us need to book time off work and all that jazz. So I'm probably looking at going in November 2011. I can't clarify specific dates yet because we really need to agree on an itinerary and budget. I'd like to have this sorted out by March so I can sort out flights etc., so if anybody other than Cheeze wants in, let us know here WHEN you can go, and what your BUDGET is (roughly). Then we can look at ships and itineraries accordingly. I think the diving is probably off though. I can only find one boat that does it, and it requires all sorts of additional certifications and previous diving experience and for you to own all your own polar rated gear. And my gear isn't polar rated. So that's out, at least for me.

Alex
Alex Hey tachyon, sent you an email twice, dunno if you've received that or it went to your spam, pls check. take care.
4 years ago
Alina
Alina Hi. I d love to come along, winter 2011-12 is perfect :) Hope i still have my savings by then :) Would be great to dive as well. Keep in touch
Alex
Alex Hey tachyon, how was your diving trip? still in the mood to Antartica at the end of this year? Hey Alina, great that you will join! Update me!
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Hey, sent you an email!
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Diving was good. I sent you an email to the address you sent me.
4 years ago
Desiree
Desiree I would be interested in going at the end of 2011 or beginning 2012. It's kind of difficult to find people who want to do this sort of trip. :) So, I was surprised when I saw this posted. Which company are you guys going with?
tachyon
tachyon Quark Expeditions. They've generally got the best "bang for your buck" reputation. Not dodgy, but not overpriced either. I am planning on the 3 week trip that goes to South Georgia, Falklands and Antarctica. There are shorter trips available, and they are of course cheaper (as the guy below posted, but I'm not interested in BTW)...This is the kind of trip you'll only do once, and I want to make the most of it and not do it half arsed, lest I regret it later.
4 years ago
Desiree
Desiree Yes, three weeks would be ideal especially if one is traveling all that way. I think I looked at Quark's website before but that was awhile ago. I'll have to take a look again. Do you have any people who are going for sure? Males, females, both?
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Well so far I'm the only one planning on going, and I'm female. The "for sure" bit is about 90% and assumes I can actually get the time off work :-)
4 years ago
Alex
Alex Hey tachyon & Desiree, I'm interested, too! End of 2011 or beginning 2012 (3wks) is fine with me. I just need your dates in advance to apply for leave. Looks like I need to start saving asap. ^_* Me -- female from Macau.
4 years ago
Alex
Alex The fact that Aurora departs from Santiago, Chile and returns to Ushuaia is good, but to be honest I didn't read much reviews on Aurora. I read a lot of positive comments on Quark and MS FRAM though. Nevertheless, I'm open to any suggestions. Again, the dates are totally fine for me, I just need advanced notice.
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Yeah, I'm pretty open on dates at this point as well. I just wish Quark Expeditions would release their 2011/12 cruise dates. It would make planning a lot easier! I'd try to pick a date that had a cheaper price I think, because depending on date, the price can range between $8000 and $14000. The cheaper end of the scale would suit me better and I'd try to organise the time off work to fit around that. I've contacted them to see when they're likely to release dates. Will let you know when I hear back.
4 years ago
Alex
Alex Great. It looks like our priorities are pretty much the same. Yes, if could confirm the dates earlier, we could get ourselves ready for early bird promotions on flights and stuff. The hongkongese love MS Fram, what do you think? http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/antarctica/Antarctica-Offers/Antarctic-Polar-Circle-Quest/www.hurtigruten.co.uk/antarctica/Antarctica-Offers/Antarctic-Polar-Circle-Quest/
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon I'm certainly not opposed to MS Fram, however I'm not too keen on that itinerary. I really want to go to South Georgia Island, which as far as I can tell, basically fits this trip: http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/antarctica/Antarctica-Offers/19days-Shackletons-Antarctica/
4 years ago
Alex
Alex To be honest, I only have a general idea on the Antarctic cruise thing, I didnt really look into the details yet. I'm actually busy preparing for my short trip to Vietnam in August and my "possibly" Peru trip at the end of this year. Anyways, I'll look into the details when I have time. Just to let you know I am very probable to do this cruise with you and am willing to share the planning and work later on. Keep in touch.
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon lol, not to worry. I started researching this last year...And then blew my "Antarctica" money going to Africa, so put it off till next year. I'm in the midst of sorting out a dive trip at Christmas time at the moment. And while I'm definitely in for this trip, I won't be able to confirm dates till later in the year anyway, because we're only allowed to apply for leave from work 12 months in advance. So we've got some time to figure it all out!
4 years ago
Alex
Alex GREAT. Btw, your bunch of adventurous trips really made me envious. I just wish I wont chicken out for the Peru trip this year end. Let's concentrate on our own trips this year for the time being... Antarctic is distracting! LOL
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Peru's awesome. I went last year and did the Inca Trail. Hard work, but good fun :-) If you get the chance (and budget permits) I also recommend heading up to Ecuador and going out to the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos among all my travels, has been my favorite ever trip.
4 years ago
Alex
Alex Thanx for da advice, I'll check it out. ^_*
4 years ago
whereswhitlow
whereswhitlow This is the Antarctica trip i am planning on doing...http://www.quarkexpeditions.com/ Dec 4-15 2010 Ship-Akademik Sergey Vavilov about $6000/ person
Alex
Alex I have no specific plans yet, but I was thinking about staying in Arequipa for 2 weeks studying Spanish in late Nov or Dec. I also read ur post about Antarctica which made me consider doing Spanish in Argentina instead cuz I really wanna do da quark.
4 years ago
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