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Suggestion The Northwest Passage

Discussion in 'Less Travelled' started by gareth_oau, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    This looks like it would be an amazing trip

     
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    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Book it and I shall arrive :)
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Something like that is the only way you would get me on a cruise ship.
     
  4. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah I have nil interest in playing canasta or shuffleboard on a boat

    However a trip like this, around some fjords or down to Antarctica might just tick a box
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    100%
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Surely this is just encouraging global warming?
     
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  7. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    My other half is heading up that way in a couple of weeks, if she starts posting pics on Facebook I might defriend her.
     
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  8. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Agreed
     
  9. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    you will have to take them and post here then....share the grief with us all.
     
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  10. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ok, but I won't accept responsibility for poor work productivity :)

    Itinerary;
     
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    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    You need to broaden your horizons. Just back from a trip to Canada and US that included 10 nights cruising from Seward to Vancouver that took in amongst other places, Glacier Bay.
    Just stunning.
    And not a shuffle board to be seen.
     
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  12. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What ship was that on?
     
  13. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have now planned that availability levels will be low this week :) post away :)
     
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    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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  15. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    but wasnt that my point?
     
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    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I too had a negative view of cruising without having been on one. But I think you need to be choosy, avoid the bogan booze cruises and look to higher end stuff.
     
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    luvthabumps A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    and now there's a range of good small boat options, particularly in AK
     
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  18. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We have a couple of weeks, she flies out beginning of August
     
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    I thought this was going to be a euphemism.
     
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  20. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have no desire to go on a boat cruise to Fiji, or from Perth to Singapore, and lie beside a pool all day or play shuffleboard, and then gamble or dance at night.

    Cruising around extreme destinations seem like a great alternative, except that you do them in the northern summer, and I only travel up there in their winters, so until I stop skiing/boarding, then I cant see it happening
     
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  21. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Heading out to the airport at stupid o’clock tomorrow to drop the other half off, standby for photos :)

    She received an email today that the departure point of Resolute has an abnormal amount of ice in the harbour and the cruise team are scratching their heads on how to transfer passengers to the ship. Sounds like the adventure has started before they even board.
     
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  22. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    so looking forward to it....the schedule has been amended at work
     
  23. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've changed my mind and decided there isn't anything worse than heading off to the airport at 4.30am, when you're not flying yourself. Was just a weenie bit envious, and she scored an upgrade to business for the first leg to LA. Back to pleb class to Vancouver, then Ottawa. Final charter flight to Resolute on Monday.
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    This was my first ( actually only ) cruise experience. Was initially reluctant to go on a cruise but loved it. Van to Seward, Seward to Anchorage by train, drive to Denali.
     
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  25. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Had their pre cruise briefing in Ottawa last night before the 6am, 7 hr flight to Resolute tomorrow.

    The horrendously expensive jacket and water bottles were handed out, but at least the cruise is free LOL
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Very intermittent and slow satellite internet connection from the very high latitudes so not sure if I'll be posting many pics while she is up there, might need to wait for her return. Apparently the weather hasn't been playing along, first island they were scheduled to visit has been postponed due to low cloud. They take zero risk in poor visibility as those big white bears can sneak up under the cloak of invisibility.

    Clouds lifted late last night allowing a 10pm zodiac explore of Prince Leopold island area (apologies for quality - pics seriously knobbled so she could send)




    Map showing the extent of sea ice blocking many harbours, the risk of early season trips.
     
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    qwill Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    we did a Hurtigruten mail boat run from Bergen to Kirkenes a couple of years ago. Kinda like marine camping, the cabins are pretty basic but the food is good. best part is the new port every 3 - 6 hours (if only for 10 minutes), worst part was the fat af German tourists taking all the nice seats up front all day long.
     
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  28. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Spectacular coastline from land, I can imagine it being even better from the water
     
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    qwill Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yup
     
  30. cruisin along

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    This is just a snippet of what you will see in Glacier Bay .........the cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage was well worth it !
    The national parks in Alaska were well worth the “suffering” on the cruise

    Highly recommend this trip
     
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    cruisin along A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Northwest Passage is a trip I would love to do so yep bring on the photos
     
  33. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    A collage of pics from Beechy Isl this morning. First polar bear spotted swimming some distance from ship.
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    After poor visibility over the first couple of days they have lucked it for 3 days of beautiful weather.
    Stopped at Devon Island for a few hours and then saw another Polar bear with cubs in the distance. Too far for a photo, could only see them thru binoculars or the scope the expedition team set up.

    Not sure what she is taking these photos with, she took my DSLR as there is a Nikon rep on board and they can borrow lenses, but I suspect due to limited and expensive internet, the only photos she is sending are from her Iphone. I will need to wait until she is back for full size pictures.

     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here i am sitting in the 4 walled office when she sends a pic of her view, current time 10.30pm, off the coast of Greenland.
    A record 103 passengers took the polar plunge today. She's still recovering from last years major surgery so i didn't think she'd do it, but she did.
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Like I am guessing others have said: get on to it, before all that frozen is gone.
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    She's back in Toronto, only three Polar bear sightings and unfortunately all at a great distance. Day trip to Niagara Falls theme park (her description!), before flying home
    I'm looking forward to seeing her photos from the other camera and will post any decent ones here for anyone interested.
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Her description of the trip in a word; amazing.

    Weather a bit ordinary at start and end, but 8 days of excellent conditions with temperatures up to 14 degrees, rather unheard of in those latitudes. The heatwave in Europe apparently drifted across the high Arctic resulting in the higher temps.

    Almost every day they were off the ship on zodiacs or walks on land, most days she walked between 5 and 10 km.

    She's normally an Iphone photographer but took our DSLR as well....

    Resolute Harbour with shuttle bus from the airport

    Bear patrol

    Wow



    Walrus

    Walrus and cub

    Sea kayaking option most days

    The colours and textures in the rock took everyone by surprise


    First of the large glaciers
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Continued...
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Scenic flight over a Greenland glacier

    Ice cap




    Greenland working dogs
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pup

    Mature
     
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    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    OMG !!!! amazing
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Brilliant!

    We looked into doing a Northwest Passage with Ponant, with whom we've been to Antarctica and The Kimberley (and are going back to Antarctica with in 2021). We thought we were immune to sticker shock, but the price caused us to do a deep breath inhale. We will look into Adventure Canada as a potential alternative.
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, some of the more exotic small ship expedition type cruises can certainly induce card shock, especially after noticing the letters, USD after all those numbers.

    Wife was very impressed with Adventure Canada, family run business and the current MD (daughter of owner) was on the cruise as well quite happily interacting with guests.

    I suspect different class of travel to Ponant though, Ponant have some very funky new ships whereas the AC ship is chartered and getting on in age.
     
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