The Decision Matrix is one of too many planning spreadsheets I've got going for this trip and it works a little something like this:
First, I broke down all of the micro components of the trip (things like ship size, comfort, cost, ideal dates, duration, etc.). Then, threw in any bonus items that might make an option sweeter (things like extra nights in Ushuaia, internet access, etc.) - they all get listed on the sheet.
Each time I get a plan from an operator, I assign a ranking of 0-3 for each of the line items. Add 'em up and out comes a total score. The highest score is the winning plan!
Maybe, this takes some of the romance out of it all, but since they’re all similar anyway, it might not be so bad to make this huge and awesome decision based on a numerical value.
At least in theory.
The Decision Matrix now available for download!