One more week!!!
Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
18Trip End Mar 07, 2008
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It is the night before we fly out. Normally Cory and I travel pretty independently. I book flights and hotels online and usually choose one or two countries and then concentrate on them.
This is going to be quite different. Call me Cruise Director Julie... We found this deal on Travelzoo for a 16 night cruise on Princess through the Antartica Penninsula. It was too good to pass up! $999.00. Of course I still had to find flights.
Cory and I decided that since there was so much time at sea that we wanted friends to go with us. We talked to a few people and the timing wasn't right. We had Paulie hooked as soon as we suggested it, we just had to find someone that could go with him so he didn't have to pay the single suppliment. Jeremiah balked. He didn't think he would have his tax return in time to book.
Unfortunately to get the boys all hooked up we waited too late to get the 999.00 fair but still got a great price of 1299.00. It is worth it to be traveling with such great friends. Paulie and Jeremiah were on our trip to Turkey and Greece in 2006, Jeremiah went to China with us in 2004 and Paulie was at our wedding in Italy in 2002. They have always been great travel buddies so I am looking forward to having them along.
The Cruise is all set for Cory, Jeremiah, Paulie and I. I am so excited.
1 Buenos Aires, Argentina Arrive by air 7:00 AM Depart 5:00 PM
2 At Sea
3 At Sea
4 Falkland Islands (Stanley) 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
5 At Sea
6 Antarctica Peninsula (Scenic Cruising) 10:00 AM
7 At Sea
8 At Sea
9 Antarctica Peninsula (Scenic Cruising) 11:00 AM
10 Cape Horn (Scenic Cruising) 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
11 Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
12 Punta Arena, Chile 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
13 At Sea
14 At Sea
15 At Sea
16 Montevideo, Uruguay 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
17 Buenos Aires, Argentina 7:00 AM - Concorde Hotel
18 Fly back to Orlando Depart 1:00 PM
19 Arrive home
I have been getting some of the guys at work to teach me a little Spanish for the South American part of the vacation. Of course right now I only know how to order beer, ask for the bathroom and say "Whats your name baldy?"
I booked us a flight through Copa that flys into Panama and then on to Buenos Aires. It leaves Orlando on the 18th and arrives early on the 19th.
I went ahead and bought the transfers for all of us with Princess. I wouldn't normally. Getting a taxi is half the price but the transfer also includes a hospitality room (someplace to leave our luggage and they provide breakfast and lunch) and the opportunity to check in early.
For the flight back I added a day in Argentina and booked a hotel in Buenos Aires The Concorde Hotel. This will give us a full day in Buenos Aires to get to see a little more of the city.
I have written up some cool facts about all of our ports of call, the weather averages, city maps, and things to do. I printed them up and when we met tonight I gave the guys their packages.
There are a lot of days at sea so we want to have other things to do other than the casino... I ordered games for the cruise. Truth or Dare cards and a "would you rather" travel game. We met on the 10th to get things a little more established.
This is going to be so different for us. The amount of relaxation time and all the planning done for us. I don't know if we know how to relax. Usually we are trying to catch trains and find ourselves emersed in one country. This time we are not only seeing 3 different coutries but two continents. This will mean that we have seen every continent except Australia.
Packing for this has been crazy. We are going to experience almost every season. We have to pack for the warmth of Buenos Aires and the cold of Antarctica, then we have the formal dinners. Good news is that we don't have to unpack and pack all of the time.
I really think that this is going to be fun.... I am going to try to update this throughout the trip. If I am not able to get wireless I will be saving our adventure in word and then posting it, videos and pictures later on.
We are going to be on the Star Princess. They have bridge cams so you can take the cruise with us.
www.princess.com/bridgecams The dates are Feb 19th through March 6th.
Where I stayed