Polar Packing Tips

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No New Posts Polar Packing Tips

The clothes, the gear, the cameras, waterproofing etc.
What you should pack. What you shouldn't pack.
How much is too much! All your possible questions have been answered here.

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30 128 Shoes / Boots / Muckboots / Gumboots etc
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Apr 25, 2018 3:57:07 GMT

Initial Research - Getting Started

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No New Posts The golden rule - flexibility & a sense of adventure

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS:
Expedition travel is not like an escorted tour where every single hour of every day is already plotted out and pre planned.
Remember - attitude is the difference between an ordeal, and an adventure !

1 3 Go with the flow - how to travel 'expedition style'
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Apr 22, 2018 10:53:24 GMT
No New Posts Comparison website

Fairy G has made a fantastic website as your starting point - all the ships & operators are listed.

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1 1 Comparison website built by FairyG
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Sept 27, 2015 7:23:00 GMT
No New Posts Ships & expedition companies. Drive by liners vs expedition cruising. Ice ratings.

List of all vessels & expedition companies & links to their websites.
Booking on ships that have not yet been built - should I ?
Travel style - drive by cruise liners vs expedition cruising vs small yachts.
Ice ratings.
Differences between booking direct with the ships operator, via private charterers, via polar specialists, or via normal travel agents.
Fly in Fly out - inland tours: Gould Bay, Union Glacier, South Pole.

Sub-boards: Expedition companies, Ship comparisons, Charter companies & yachts, Polar specialist travel agents

79 184 Scenic Eclipse
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Apr 7, 2019 6:15:03 GMT
No New Posts When to book, how to book, last minute booking, budgets & costs

When to book, how to book, last minute booking, budgets & costs. Tipping. Sales alerts. Wifi costs. Laundry costs etc.
Booking: Travel or Cruise agents? Polar Specialists? Direct with expedition company?
Travelling with your kids - which ships and what to ask.

15 38 Booking: Travel or Cruise agents? Polar Specialists? Direct?
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Jan 6, 2018 5:14:53 GMT
No New Posts What time of year should I go & how long

What time of year should I go - ice conditions, breeding patterns etc.
How long should I go for?

14 18 Temperatures
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Dec 10, 2016 6:51:09 GMT
No New Posts Seasickness & the infamous Drake Passage

Seasickness & the infamous Drake Passage.

7 11 How rough is the Drake Passage - really?
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Dec 12, 2016 9:44:07 GMT
No New Posts Fly - Cruise Combos or Fly in Fly out

Can I fly instead of cruising (to avoid sea sickness): Try a FLY CRUISE combo.
Or - no time to spare for a full expedition? DAP offers one day fly in fly out trips and overnight itineraries.

12 15 Non landing scenic flights from Australia
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Jan 12, 2019 23:35:44 GMT
No New Posts Route / Itinerary Options

Route / Itinerary Options, Should I cross the circle, Itinerary comparisons, Must see destinations. Where can I see specific penguin breeds ie Kings, Emperors etc.
Questions re future solar eclipse itineraries.

9 11 Repositioning trips: Ushuaia to beyond
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Jan 6, 2018 5:49:34 GMT
No New Posts Should I include South Georgia &/or Falklands Is, or go via NZ

Should I include South Georgia &/or Falklands Is, or go via NZ
What are the options from New Zealand.

7 21 Reasons to try the AUS/NZ Route
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Aug 19, 2017 13:03:26 GMT
No New Posts Optional adventure options - plan & book ahead: Kayaking, Camping etc

Optional adventure options - plan & book ahead: Kayaking, Camping etc

3 14 Kayaking options and gear
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Mar 2, 2019 6:26:45 GMT
No New Posts Travel insurance for polar journeys

Travel insurance for polar journeys

6 17 Opinions re various countries insurance
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Feb 26, 2017 2:27:48 GMT
No New Posts The Single Supplement, solo travellers, cabin sharing

The Single Supplement, solo travellers, cabin sharing

3 8 Antarctica - solo travellers, supplement & sharing cabins
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Nov 10, 2015 4:02:48 GMT
No New Posts Health, fitness, disability, medical forms - Can I still get to Antarctica

Health, disability, medical forms - Can I still get to Antarctica and do landings.
Physical requirements of landings. Toileting / incontinence issues. Allergies. Wellbeing & fitness during the voyage.
Smoking - is it permitted on board.

7 11 Mobility issues - can I still get ashore
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Sept 9, 2017 4:35:42 GMT
No New Posts Recommended reading & viewing

Recommended reading & viewing - books, DVDS etc

8 12 IAATO mobile ap for expedition guides
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Dec 10, 2017 10:21:57 GMT
No New Posts Getting to Ushuaia

Airlines, timing, luggage restrictions, reciprocity fee, departure tax

Sub-board: Side trips in Sth America

11 25 Add-on trips
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Nov 10, 2015 3:37:46 GMT
No New Posts Miscellaneous Topics

Miscellaneous Topics - seriously random things!

13 38 Cruise companies & take overs.
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Jun 16, 2018 14:49:04 GMT

Roll Calls

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No New Posts How to create a roll call in Trip Advisor

Pictorial tips on how to start a roll call for your trip.

First - check the Current & Future Roll Calls to see if a roll call thread already exists for your voyage - if it doesnt - follow these instructions to create a new one.

1 1 How to create a Roll Call thread in Trip Advisor
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Sept 27, 2015 8:12:26 GMT
No New Posts Current & Future Roll Calls

Roll calls for up and coming voyages.

Check here first before creating your own roll call thread.

Roll calls where dates have passed will be moved to the "Past Roll Calls" section.

5 5 Roll call: OOE/Akademik Sergey Vavilov 17 Dec 2019
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Apr 14, 2019 5:23:17 GMT
No New Posts Past Roll Calls

Past Roll Calls.

These can be handy for reconnecting with passengers you met on your voyage.

70 75 Roll Call - RCGS Resolute for Christmas 2018
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May 5, 2018 4:59:53 GMT

Trip Reports

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No New Posts How to create a Trip Report in Trip Advisor

Pictorial tips on how to create your trip report in Trip Advisor

1 2 Tips on how to create a trip report
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Jan 1, 2016 3:41:40 GMT
No New Posts Trip Reports sorted by Year

Trip Reports sorted by Year

10 134 2019 Trip Reports
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Mar 23, 2019 5:54:09 GMT
No New Posts Trip Reports sorted by Expedition Company

Trip Reports sorted by Expedition Company

18 115 QUARK
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Mar 23, 2019 5:54:49 GMT
No New Posts Trip Reports sorted by Charter Company

Where a tour company has chartered a ship (or part of an itinerary) from an operator

3 7 Abercrombie & Kent
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Jan 25, 2019 6:29:20 GMT
No New Posts Trip Reports sorted by Ship Name

Trip Reports sorted by Ship Name

34 138 OCEAN ENDEAVOUR (prev Francesca, Iris, Kristina Katarina)
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Mar 23, 2019 5:54:33 GMT
No New Posts Trip Reports - Sailing, small yachts

We don't have many of these but I have created a board to keep them seperate and easier to find for those seeking advice and reports on polar travel via small yachts.

2 2 General chat about sailing in Antarctica & some trip reports
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Mar 10, 2019 6:07:01 GMT
No New Posts Trip reports - Ross Sea / NZ Sub Antarctic Is

For those seeking opinions about the other side of Antarctica - accessible from Hobart, Tasmania and Bluff, New Zealand. I have cross referenced those specific trip reports into this board.

1 10 Trip reports from the Ross Sea side
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Mar 23, 2017 3:41:28 GMT
No New Posts Overnighting & Day Trips

Short on time and still want to experience Antarctica - there are fly in fly out day expeditions and overnight expeditions that may suit your needs. More trip reports for this travel style are most welcome.

1 2 Trip report: DAP Overnighter Dec 2018
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Feb 26, 2019 10:38:46 GMT
No New Posts Repositioning Itineraries - from Antarctica to the North

Several companies do interesting repositioning itineraries at the end of the season - with the majority ending in Cape Town SA. Have added the trip reports here so they are easily distinguished from the others.

1 1 Trip blog: Ushuaia to Cape Town on Le Lyrial 3-23 Mar 2018
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Apr 8, 2018 3:20:13 GMT
No New Posts Links to external travel blogs

Links to external travel blogs

5 9 History of Polar travel
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Mar 3, 2019 5:24:30 GMT

Legend

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