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Cruising to the Antarctic

A cruise to Antarctica is, for most people, an aspiration and if realised is a once in a lifetime holiday. It appeals to the more adventurous cruiser, who is interested in visiting the untouched corners of the world.

The many types of penguin and seal populations, mighty whales and bird colonies including magnificent albatrosses are not fearful of humans because there has never been a native population on the continent to threaten them. Visitors will be able to witness the animals in their natural habitat, going about their business, tending to their young, feeding and surviving. The landscape that forms the backdrop is grand and stunning and cannot fail to remind the visitor of the great strength and power of nature. The vast ice shelves and the enormous snow covered mountain ranges are sights to behold and will live long in the memory, trumping all previous holiday destinations.

The journey to Antarctica is long and because of the raw nature of the destination can be determined by weather conditions. Normally a cruise will combine countries in South America such as Uruguay, Argentina and Chile and then continue on, sailing south across the Drake Passage, the stretch of sea between Cape Horn and Antarctica.

Although it is an adventure to travel to the Antarctic region, it does not necessarily have to be uncomfortable. You are unlikely to have Broadway style theatre productions and comedy nights as on board entertainment, but instead there will be experts such as geologists, nature specialists and scientists giving lectures about the ports of call, offering fascinating insights and sharing their knowledge. The cuisine is likely to be tailored to the location too, with South American specialities and fresh fish, all paired perfectly with an excellent wine list. 

The ships that visit this remote and precious part of the world are designed specifically for the challenging ocean and weather conditions, smaller in size and with shallower, ice-breaker hulls, they are perfectly suited to the icy seas and minimise their impact on the fragile environment. Hurtigruten’s MS Fram is one such ship and sails in the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic. For a more luxurious experience Silversea’s Explorer, Seabourn’s Quest, Holland America’s Zaandam, and Celebrity’s Xpedition all sail to this region and combine the delights of their personalised service, gourmet cuisine and sumptuous ships with the wonders that nature has provided as a destination. Learn more about expedition and adventure cruising.

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