What to Look for in a Travel Agent

February 3, 2013
Snowed-in at Atlanta airport

You never realize just how valuable a travel agent is to your vacation until disaster strikes. A few years ago, I was traveling to South America to take a cruise around the Antarctic Peninsula. This was the first time I had done something like that so my travel companion and I planned for eventualities. We […]

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Antarctica Journal Day 17: Buenos Aires to Miami

February 28, 2010
La Recoleta Cemetery

We ate some breakfast (I had toast and fruit) (Mom had fruit). Buenos Aires Tour and Tango Show: Then we went to the Martini Bar on Deck 5 by 7:15 AM. We were off the boat by 7:30 AM. The bus was comfortable, and the tour guide, Amalia, was very nice and competent. She was […]

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Antarctica Journal Day 14: Puerto Madryn

February 25, 2010
Playground on Beach of Puerto Madryn

11:16 AM: Mom noticed we had a message waiting from yesterday. It was from Violeta, the concierge, wanting to talk to her. They want to offer us a meal at the exclusive restaurant because of our inconvenience with the lost luggage. Steven S. called us to tell us they were meeting at 8 AM, then […]

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Antarctica Journal Day 11: Ushuaia

February 22, 2010
Tela del Fuego

5:30 AM: Mom took pictures every so often. It was really beautiful with the sky lightening and the back drop of mountains with snow. We don’t have anything planned here, but we understand there is plenty to do – and plenty to choose from, if we wish. The catamaran that we canceled because we didn’t […]

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Antarctica Journal Day 4: First Sea Day and Formal Dining

February 15, 2010
Dressed up in borrowed clothes

Nice breakfast. Beautiful sea. It’s still basically moderate weather here. Our deck area was very nice this morning. We bought sweaters that are very soft and didn’t worry about much else as we are exempt from the dress code. People ate outside on the upstairs deck. 10:30 AM: We heard a professor (Richard Ojakangas) (Antarctica: […]

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Antarctica Journal Day 3: Boarding the Ship

February 14, 2010
Artwork on the Ship

No luggage. We were met promptly by representatives of Celebrity. They said we needed to file a claim with Aeromexico, so we went back inside and did that. It took quite a while to file. [We still have yet to see any money from their losing the luggage.  We would have been better filing at […]

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