Welcome to Cruise Talk!

Hi! My name is Suzanne Klasen.  I am the Owner / Travel Advisor and CLIA Master Cruise Counselor and Elite Cruise Counselor (MCC, ECC) for my CruiseOne Vacations by Suzanne Travel Agency. This site is a collection of my personal travels, thoughts and recommendations. The map above represents the cruise travel (based on embarkation port) that I have posted so far (more to come). Click on a map point to see the cruise itinerary and details.

2020 South America/Antarctica: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2020 South America/Antarctica Cruise If you want to see the world’s most accessible colony of King Penguins, the Bluff Cove penguin excursion in Port Stanley is a must do. I knew we were going to see penguins, but I had honestly picked the excursion due to its short travel time, rather than it…

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2020 South America/Antarctica: Elephant Island, Antarctica

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2020 South America/Antarctica Cruise Elephant Island may be most famous as the shelter of last resort taken by the crew of the Endurance during the ill fated Antarctic expedition lead by Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton’s ship became trapped in the Weddell Sea ice for over a year and was eventually crushed and sank. The…

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2020 South America/Antarctica: Paradise Bay, Antarctica

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2020 South America/Antarctica Cruise Paradise Bay is one of the quietest places I have ever visited. There are no signs of civilization, though it is home to Argentina’s Almirante Brown Antarctic Base (still in use) and Chile’s González Videla Antarctic Base (not used since the 1980s). We sat on the deck of our…

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2020 South America/Antarctica: Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2020 South America/Antarctica Cruise After spending most of the day at sailing around Paradise Bay and enjoying the picturesque views, our ship headed back towards South America via the Gerlache Strait, named for Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache who lead an Antarctic expedition in 1897. This continued the scenic sailing though the Antarctic…

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2020 South America/Antarctica: Schollaert Channel

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2020 South America/Antarctica Cruise This was our first glimpse of land as we approached Antarctica. On either side of us was Anvers Island and the Brabant Islands. The channel was discovered by the Belgian Explorer Adrien de Gerlache who named it for Fans Schollaert, who served as prime minster of Belgium from 1908…

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