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GS

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

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

Itinerary;
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cqen2l

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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
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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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.

What ship was that on?
 

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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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I have now planned that availability levels will be low this week :) post away :)

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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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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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.
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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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)
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Map showing the extent of sea ice blocking many harbours, the risk of early season trips.
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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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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.

Spectacular coastline from land, I can imagine it being even better from the water
 

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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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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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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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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
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Bear patrol
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Wow
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Walrus
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Walrus and cub
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Sea kayaking option most days
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The colours and textures in the rock took everyone by surprise
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First of the large glaciers
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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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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.

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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