If you love adventure, nature and want to explore some of the most remote and fascinating places on Earth, then a cruise to Antarctica should be at the top of your list. The icy continent is one of the most mysterious and least explored places on Earth. This destination is home to stunning glaciers and icebergs as well as a diverse array of animals that live there. You might not know this, but Antarctica is actually a cruise destination. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at some of the fascinating facts about Antarctica. We will also explore cruising to this remote corner of the world, and what travelers can expect.
Embarking to Antarctica
Did you know there are no airports or roads in Antarctica? The only way to get there is by ship or private/charter plane. Therefore, cruising is the most practical way to travel to this remote location. Cruise ships that go to this continent offer travelers the opportunity to explore its many wonders as cruise ships are specially designed to navigate through the thick sea ice that covers a majority of the area.
There are a number of cruise ships— such as Quark Expeditions, Hurtigruten Expeditions, and Aurora Expeditions— that travel to this destination, all of which offer something unique.
Research & Wildlife Exploration
One of the great things about Antarctica is that it is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. As the world’s coldest and driest continent (average temperature -58 degrees Fahrenheit), Penguins, seals, albatross, whales, and other types of animals call Antarctica home. Cruise travelers will have the opportunity to see these amazing creatures up close and personal.
Although there are no permanent human residents in Antarctica, there are a number of research stations staffed by scientists and their support staff from all over the world. Cruisers may have the opportunity to visit a research station and learn about the important work being done to study the continent. Scientists are studying everything from the effects of climate change on penguin populations to the impact of human activity on the continent’s ecosystem. Antarctica is a fragile environment and cruise ships operate under a strict code of environmental responsibility as to not impact the delicate ecosystem.
For those who really want to get off the beaten track, we suggest you go on an expedition cruise. These cruises offer a true exploration experience. Embark on a Ponant cruise to Antarctica as this cruise line offer various itineraries. As Ponant has a partnership with National Geographic, you will have the opportunity to learn from photographers, naturalists, and other experts while onboard and venture off the ship via zodiac, snowshoe, or kayak. Some of the itineraries Ponant Cruises offers are The Antarctic Odyssey, Emblematic Antarctica, The Great Austral Loop, and Antarctica-The White Continent with Smithsonian Journeys.
And cruising to Antarctica is not just for adventure seekers either. These days, luxury cruises are becoming increasingly popular for those looking to explore this destination. Seabourn, an ultra-luxury cruise line, offers the Great White Continent and Antarctica Expedition itineraries featuring wildlife experts, scientists, and historians onboard to guide you along the way. With amenities like a personal concierge, complimentary premium spirits, and world-class dining, you don’t have to rough it if you don’t want to.
Experience curated excursions, daily zodiac outings, and on-ship digital photography workshops when you cruise with Seabourn. Maybe even try out their submarine to go under the ice and examine what lies beneath.
Planning for the Frozen Continent
Traveling to Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed. It is a place where anything feels possible, and new discoveries are waiting to be made. Call 813-591-5971 to begin planning your Antarctica cruise!