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Old Aug 13, 08, 1:37 pm   #55
Endor
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 293
Well, I am back from the Arctic! I will have lots more to post, but a couple of quick thoughts:
  • Quark has done a seamless job of taking over from Peregrine - excellent, excellent service
  • We were able to do a circumnaviation of Svalbard - first of the season
  • The Vaviliov is a slightly better a ship than the Ioffe due to the observation bar
  • I totally broke my camera on the trip and should have brought my old one as a backup. What a bummer that was!
  • The wildlife is way more "where's waldo" in the Arctic than the Antarctic.
  • Polar bears can keep you from landing for days!
  • To answer the question I posed in my last post, Quark recommended tipping $9-10 a day, so I tipped $100 for the 10 day trip
  • They used US dollars on the ship, so things were less expensive than I had feared on the boat. Off the boat was a different story.
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