Wednesday, 23 December 2009

CRUISE - All aboard

We are now on the 3rd day of our Antarctic cruise, haven't been sick yet but suspect we will be soon.

Been kept busy checking out all the facilities on board.    Went up to the gym and did a cruise start weigh in.

Steve had a go on the jogging machine to get fit for his next chase!

We like to participate in the fun games, boules and mini golf and with Steve's handicap I did rather better than him but lost out on the prize by coming second.

At formal night I managed to look the part by putting together

seperates from my minimal collection of clothing.  The flimsy red

scarf spread wide made a reasonable shawl. 

Today arriving in Puerto Montt the sea was rough and it was windy and raining so tendering ashore was long winded. 

We don't like to do the organised ship tours.  They are expensive and everywhere you go you are in a group of tourists.  On previous cruises we have had great success by arranging to meet up with someone from one the hospitality clubs.  Unfortunately today when we called our Hospitality Club friend in Puerto Varas he couldn't help due to a last minute meeting. 

Normally we would just hop on local buses but it was raining "perro y gatos" so we waded back to the port to check out other options.  Whilst comparing prices for chartering a taxi we figured it would be good to find another couple to share with us.

An American couple had just turned down a rental car at $80.  We suggested the possibility of getting together to rent one and asked if he was going to put the car on his credit card.  A friend told us that many cards include rental car insurance and this was the case and the rental price without insurance was $60.

Mike was a very confident driver and soon had us out of the city heading towards the lake.  Frutiller is a pretty German style town on the lake with fine views towards Volcano Osorno.  Well we did see the houses but had to imagine the view!  Puerto Varas was much the same so not the greatest trip but a pleasant ride out.

Our extras were a couple of road tolls $2 and petrol $1.40 so at just over $30 per couple a far cheaper option than the similar trip offered by the cruise at $74 per person and we saw just as little as they did!


Check whether your credit card includes car rental insurance

When renting a car take lots of digital photos of it before you set out especially close ups of an damage and make sure the rental company see you doing this.



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