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Antarctica

Overview

Traveling the Safe and Environmentally Responsible Way - By Steve Wellmeier
TravLtips members have been visiting Antarctica since the 1970s and 1980s, when pioneering expedition ships like the Lindblad Explorer, Illyria and Society Explorer took intrepid travelers to the continent. Since those early days—when the total number of visitors amounted to just a few hundred a year—tourism has increased steadily, with more ships of all shapes and sizes, more departures and more than 31,000 visitors during the 2015-16 season. In spite of fewer visitors recently, international demand to see Antarctica, the amazing wildlife and pristine landscapes that it offers, remains very strong. Many visitors wonder about the impact of tourism on Antarctic wildlife, how climate change is modifying the continent’s icescape, and whether regulations could make visiting Antarctica more difficult and more expensive.

Fortunately, there is good news to report on most of these fronts. To date, there is no clear evidence that tourism is causing harm to the Antarctic environment. One of the primary reasons for this is a strong, self-regulating organization of Antarctica tour operators called IAATO. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators began in 1991, when seven private tour companies joined together to practice and promote the highest possible standards of travel in this remote, wild and delicate region of the world.

Learn more about cruising Antarctic regions

Antarctic Peninsula and Islands

Lindblad Expeditions - Journey to Antarctica, 12 departures November 2016 through February 2017 and the following season November 2017 through February 2018. Venture to the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic aboard the world's ultimate expedition ship, the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion. See penguin colonies, huge tabular icebergs, and whales. Actively explore: kayak, Zodiac cruise, hike. Get the most out of your experience with the Lindblad team of expert naturalists and Global Perspective guest speakers. And take the best shots of your life: onboard Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors, and National Geographic photographers provide exclusive instruction, tips, and inspiration. Program begins with an overnight and tour in Buenos Aires followed by a flight to Ushuaia to embark the ship for 11 nights. Fares from $13,360 per person, double occupancy. Ask TravLtips about complimentary air offer from Miami.

Hurtigruten –The Frozen Land of The Penguins for 13 days, November 16, 2016; January 3 & 15, 2017 with departures the following season November 2017 and January 2018. Experience the land of the penguins from one of the most advanced expedition cruise ships ever built, the m/s FRAM. The ship was purpose-built for expedition voyages in polar regions. Sturdy Polarcirkel boats make landings safe and efficient. Professional expedition team gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities. This round trip voyage from Ushuaia will take you through the Drake Passage, escorted by albatross and storm petrels before sighting the magical white landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. You will experience the continent’s summertime with its incredible wildlife including seals, penguins and whales. Fares from $5,402 per person, double occupancy, inside cabin, includes air between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Additional savings may be available on select departures.

Hurtigruten - Antarctic Circle Expedition, for 15 Days January 27; February 10, 2017 and departures the following season January and February 2018. These voyages aboard the m/s FRAM venture as far south as the Antarctic Circle, an area of sublime beauty, where few travelers have explored. Fares from $6,278 per person, double occupancy, inside cabin, includes air between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Additional savings may be available on these departures.

New from Hurtigruten – “Discovery Style” cruising aboard the MS MIDNATSOL. Suitable for guests with a true spirit of exploration without the rigors of a true “expedition” or the extravagance of luxury ocean liners. On MS MIDNATSOL you travel in casual comfort where hands-on experiences, learning and closeness to Antarctica’s pristine shores and ice-filled waterways is the basis for connecting with your inner explorer. Six different itineraries and 10 departures are offered from October 2016 through March 2017 and the following season October 2017 through February 2018.Fares from $5,333 per person, double occupancy, inside cabin; inclusive features vary with itinerary. Additional savings may be available on select departures.

Poseidon Expeditions' Last Discovered Continent voyage departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as we head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. Our first sighting of the White Continent is the South Shetland Islands, historically significant and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife. Our time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, where towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions. Abundant Antarctic wildlife, dramatic Polar scenery and human enterprise, past and present, arte all witnessed offering the essential experiences of the wildest and most fantastic place on Earth. On the return trip you’ll catch everything you missed the first time around. Voyages are aboard the ice-strengthened all-suite expedition ship SEA SPIRIT(originally Renaissance V, later the Spirit of Oceanus). The vessel was modified in late 2010 and has been operating in Antarctica for the past 5 seasons. Providing spacious suites for accommodation of a maximum of 114 guests the SEA SPIRITfeatures maneuverability and the friendly atmosphere of a small ship. Poseidon's expedition leader and diverse team of polar specialists will guide you at landing sites and provide an informative program of onboard lectures, video presentations and discussions. Collectively, their team of naturalists, wildlife biologists, geologists and historians has been on hundreds of cruises to Antarctica, and they know the best locations for both scenery and wildlife. Zodiac landing craft are used for landings and kayaks can also be deployed for exploring ice floes. Last Discovered Continent 12- or 13-daydepartures: November 2016 through February 2017 and again November 2017 through February 2018. Fares for the 12-day program are normally from $5,995 p.p. double occupancy. Contact us for additional stateroom savings and details.

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & the Falklands

Lindblad Expeditions – departures November 2016 through February 2017 and the following season November 2017 through February 2018. A 24-day ultimate Southern ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of elephant seals: and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings. It’s the impossible beauty of Antarctica exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.For most travelers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, optimizing your time and interest by including South Georgia and the Falklands makes sense. And makes for a genuine experience-of-a-lifetime. This voyage has it all. You will sail on either the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER or NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION is round trip from Ushuaia and includes an overnight and tour in Buenos Aires, air between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, and all the Lindblad expert lectures, program features, and activities. Fares from $23,100 per person, double occupancy. Ask about limited time free airfare offer.

Hurtigruten - Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands for 20 days, October 28, 2016; February 24, 2017; departures the following season October 2017 and February 2018. This voyage aboard the MS FRAM sails from Montevideo to Ushuaia and includes the remote Falklands and South Georgia as well as three days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula via Polarcirkel landings. Fares from $7,334 per person, double occupancy, inside cabin, includes air between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, as well as lectures and activities. Additional savings may be available on these departures.

Poseidon Expeditions' “Audience With the Kings”expedition sails round trip from Ushuaia with 3 departures November 5, 2016, January 5, 2017 and February 24, 2017 and again the following season November 2017 through February 2018. The Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands are explored before a visit to the king penguins’ capital of South Georgia and then the remote Falkland Islands. Visits to abandoned whaling stations and the grave of a famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton are among historic highlights of this expedition. However the key moment of the voyage is undoubtedly landing on the Antarctic continent itself. The trip ends in Montevideo. The voyage is aboard the ice-strengthened all-suite expedition ship SEA SPIRITwith spacious suites for a maximum of 114 guests. Poseidon's expedition team will guide you at landing sites and provide an informative program of onboard lectures, video presentations and discussions. Zodiacs are used for landings. Fares for the 21-day program are normally from $10,995 per person, double occupancy. TravLtips savings are available on this departure; contact us for details.

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