Get thee to South America

A few of you already know this. We are going on another cruise.

Holland America offers cruises to South America. We’ve been dreaming about it for several years now. However, it is expensive, especially for 4 of us. Well, recently they sent my husband an e-mail about “Vacation Stimulus”. It worked! We’re going! This will be our first vacation together in 4 years.

This one isn’t the entire South America but pretty close. We got over $12,000 discount. It is 38 days starting in Rio DeJaniero then goes south around the tip of S.A. and up the entire west coast to Seattle. I don’t think we will but we were joking of getting on an Alaska cruise in Seattle with the train back to Fairbanks. Now that would be funny!

One big factor in our decision to go on this trip was airfare. Sure, the cruise was a great price, but tickets from Alaska to Rio are at least $1400 each. Ouch. He has a mileage card and thought perhaps we could get one or two this way. Well, when he called, they were only 40 thousand miles. I couldn’t even get to Washington DC last summer for this few miles. That’s good. What’s even better is he actually had enough miles at that rate for all 4 of us so our airfare was basically free! We do have to pay ticketing fees but they’re not much.

The best ticket dates we could get give us an extra 4 days in Rio before the cruise leaves and 1 in Seattle at the end. We’re glad for the days at the start because of the drastic climate difference. We plan to explore and take the kids to the beach. But most of all, we need the time to get used to the heat. I just hope we don’t get sick.

We thought it would have a side trip to the Galapagos Islands but that was a different cruise. It also doesn’t get to Antarctica, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m not sure what (if any) side trips we will do because the cruise itself is costing most of our vacation money. I’m sure we’ll still be able to find something interesting on our own like we usually do.

So now we’re getting paperwork, shots, and tickets. Brazil requires visas which are a bit expensive. Especially since if you’re not able to hand deliver (and presumably pick up again) the application to the consulate in LA you have to use an agency. We already have our passports. I’m making packing lists as we think of things so we don’t forget anything important but we plan on packing light.

We are going to be bringing Richard’s school with us. We told him if he does 2 lessons/day he’d be enough ahead that he wouldn’t have to do any on the trip but so far he’s not doing that.

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3 Responses

  1. Oh that is so cool. Sounds like a fun trip.

  2. We’re excited. On the day we told the kids about possibly going, my daughter refused to eat dinner because she wanted to have snacks on the plane (20 hours in the air from Alaska). We got our shots and sent the visa applications off yesterday. Now we just wait for them to arrive. If you can get away, this is a fantastic time for cruising deals.

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