Hi to anyone that is/has booked, I am so excited and at the moment July seems so far away!
Hi Tinsel, I can't believe it's already 3 months since I booked the trip! Did anyone see the polar bear documentary with David Tarrant as narrator? Wasn't it amazing and we are going there!!!!
There has also been an article in The Telegraph recently. By the time summer arrives I am going to be on the ceiling, I am sooooo looking forward to it.
Is anyone going to the presentation that Paul Goldstein is giving in London on 22/2? I am going to try to get down for it.
Like some of you, I have never done a trip like this one before, if anyone has any words
of wisom or guidance please feel free to impart your prior knowledge.
I'm taking a ski jacket and I'm taking a rucksack with a waterproof cover which I got separately. Most shops that sell outdoor clothes etc stock them.
I am a late booking on this trip. I sailed up the coast of Norway on the Hurtigruten route in March and my ski wear was fine so hope this bodes well. Often a cold wind blowing when on deck which needed extra layer if standing around. Saw Paul's presentation at the Destinations show in February which inspired me although I have a basic digital camera. I think this is my 7th trip with exodus travelling alone which has always worked well. Travelling done from Newcastle Friday night and staying near airport. See you then
Hi Annette, have you booked your hotel for the 15/7? I am looking at them. Wondered where other people are staying.
I got a room at the Premier Inn (Heathrow airport Bath Road) for £39 but have since had info from Travelodge re cheap deals below that price but am paid up so can't change.
Hi to all of you, Great to read others are excited too, we are new to Exodus so all the more excitement. Hard to believe it is neally here after 10 years of dreaming & saving, 2 years of planning and about 10 months since booking we will be leaving New Zealand in just on 3 weeks!! having a bit of time in Denmark before joining the rest of you on the boat, looking forward to meeting you all on the other side of the world.
Kylea & Vaughan
I've just returned from the June Photographic Spitzbergen Explorer and am happy to answer any questions people may have about equipment, the ship etc.
Just to say for now that the trip was fantastic, with many wildlife sightings and amazing weather. The expedition staff are excellent and to have Ian Stirling (world's leading polar bear expert) on board was amazing. A very funny and humble man.
I am assuming that life on board ship will be casual and relaxed, particularly
in the evenings, please tell me if I am correct in this assumption as I don't want to pack
my tiara - I can use the weight for better things ! (Yes - I am joking about the tiara)
The trip is creeping up on me too fast now !! Looking forward to meeting up with you all.
Hello to all future Vavilovers! Hello to Christine, will we see you in London 14th or 15th? Sonia, Hélène and I are soooo looking forward to this trip, back on board after the Antarctic experience of a lifetime last year. And great to have Woody and Annie with us, too! I saw one of Paul Goldstein's photo presentations, and agree with Christine about him finding polar bears... He'd better, anyway!!! Waterproof bag definitely a must have, parka or skying outfit fine. The shop onboard is great for buying the extra fleece if needed, and lots of other bits & bobs. So see you soon, all of you!
To Leslie: you definitely don't need your tiara! Dress code is fantasticaly casual on board
To echo the answers above, the dress code is very casual.
Members of the expedition staff take it turns to be on the bridge looking for wildlife throughout the day and night (not that there is any night) and some have amazing vision. One of our polar bears was spotted 8km away! For the record, Paul Goldstein wasn't the first to spot any of the polar bears we saw but his photographic advice was first rate and although he can be an acquired taste I enjoyed his presence on board.
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