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Peter Sidorkiewicz

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Only buy the ultimate beverage package if you are an alcoholic. You probably need to drink 10 drinks per day to break even with the cost.

Don't do the cruise shore excursions (way overpriced). Book independently and you'll probably save over 50%.

Don't buy premium dinners or chefs table. These aren't worth the extra cost. I've always found the normal dinners quite good.

Expect additional charges like an extra $15 a day for house keeping and 18% gratuity on drinks to be added to the bill and not part of the cost you have already paid booking the cruise. They always add these costs on your account at the end.

Expect the pool and chairs by the pool to be crowded each day. Got to get up early to claim a chair.

Do go and see the shows on the cruise theatre and comedy acts.

Do get off the boat at the ports and see the city.
 

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So how else would you see Antarctica?

Was gonna go a low end cruise.
But great uncle was going to go same season, so I delayed mine from nov 19 to feb 20 to go silver seas (nearly went ponant)

Yeah yeah, high end and 4x the cost as what I planned. But goi with family effectively on my 30th (cruise starts 5 days after my 30th) was a nice touch :)
 

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Run with stereotypes

Those who like to cruise - older clientele
Those who’d be. On forums - younger clientele

You’d find some around here who cruise, but I’m willing to bet, they’re not prowling this part of bigfooty frequently.
 
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Run with stereotypes

Those who like to cruise - older clientele
Those who’d be. On forums - younger clientele

You’d find some around here who cruise, but I’m willing to bet, they’re not prowling this part of bigfooty frequently.
Thought it would be evenly mixed young and old, being more of a family activity throughout life
 

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It’s a great family activity. Went 2 years ago on 12 day cruise with the wife and 7 year old son and we had an absolute ball. There is always something to do or just laze around it’s up to you.

The mix was fairly even, families, 20/30s and older people.
 
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It’s a great family activity. Went 2 years ago on 12 day cruise with the wife and 7 year old son and we had an absolute ball. There is always something to do or just laze around it’s up to you.

The mix was fairly even, families, 20/30s and older people.
New Zealand or Caledonia ?
 

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So how else would you see Antarctica?

Was gonna go a low end cruise.
But great uncle was going to go same season, so I delayed mine from nov 19 to feb 20 to go silver seas (nearly went ponant)

Yeah yeah, high end and 4x the cost as what I planned. But goi with family effectively on my 30th (cruise starts 5 days after my 30th) was a nice touch :)
Sounds great - would love to see Antarctica that way, although I suppose apart form those sightseeing flights there is no other way. I know what you mean about the price though, we (sisters and brother) just booked the folks on an anniversary cruise (50th) to the Kimberley through this mob and there was no change from $25k for the two of them.. Was something that they've been wanting to do for ages and it does look great, but so it should for those prices!
 

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Been on 2 cruises, one to Vanuatu and stops along the way, didn't mind it. Then went on one that departed from Cairns and went to Milne Bay and absolutely loved it, lots of snorkeling and mingling with the locals, beautiful part of the world.

I am in my late 50s though but there were plenty of young people on the Milne Bay cruise.
 
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