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Author: tomnat

Joined: 6/4/2010
Posts: 178
GCT Trips Taken: 19
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Traveler Since: 2004

May 09, 2012

OAT's Antarctica Trip Nov-Dec 2012 has just been moved to GCT for Jan-Feb 2013, as a new?? trip. It appears to be the same trip, which is OK, except for 4 potentially very rough & dangerous days crossing the Drake Passage to get to & from Antarctica from South America.

My wife is motion sensitive; so she cannot do this. I could probably survive the Drake Shake, but would rather not pay ($600+/day) for 4 mostly wasted & potentially very uncomfortable days at sea.

There are now several fly-in tours from other vendors flying from Punta Arenas, which avoid the 4 wasted, potentially dangerous days crossing the Drake passage. After a 2-3 hour flight from Punta Arenas, you board the same type of expedition ship for zodiac wildlife landings for 4 or more days in the calm waters along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Hopefully, GCT or OAT will offer a similar fly in/out options Nov 2013-Feb2014, before we get too old.  We think more of OAT/GCT's motion sensitive, older & frailer customer base would prefer fly in/out versus rolling the dice with 4 wasted, expensive, potentially dangerous days on the Drake Shake.

Please add comments about this approach to influence GCT/OAT!

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 721
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. Ireland

Traveler Since: 2006

May 09, 2012

Sounds like a good suggestion to me.

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,059
GCT Trips Taken: 11
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

May 09, 2012

It is the same trip.  All GCT/OAT cruises have been put under a new umbrella called Grand Circle Cruise Line.  It's a question of branding or name recognition.  But all the cruise itineraries and numbers of travelers remain the same as they were before. 

I do agree that a fly-in would make it better for a lot of people, providing costs were not too high.  For those of us who can remember traveling before the days of motion sickness remedies, the symptoms remain among the worse memories.  The government had to rush through the introduction of medications during World War II so that troops would be in condition to fight. 

Author: jdbo

Joined: 1/10/2012
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 14
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 2000

May 10, 2012

 My husband and I would love a fly-in option!  Sign us up.

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