The White Wonder of Antarctica
Antarctica is isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents. 90% of the world's ice is found here, at 13,123 feet thick, covering the landmass. In winter it is further cut off by the sea ice forming off the coast – virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales, and seals who, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea. Most wildlife here depend on krill as a cornerstone species. The krill population in the Southern Ocean represents the largest biomass of one species on Earth.
As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science, and tourism. No human activity is allowed to alter the perfect natural balance. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing behind but footprints and take nothing but pictures!
Because of the power of this remote and beautiful environment, we need to be pragmatic: We change landings, re-route, and shift plans to ensure safety and the best possible experiences for our guests – this means that every cruise experience is unique! We will take full advantage of the often-ideal conditions spending hours ashore hiking, on the water with kayaks, or simply cruising among a huge pod of whales.
We will attempt to land several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island, and Neko Harbor. All of these places are serene and offer untouched nature, penguin colonies, seals, whales in the ocean, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour, old whaling stations, and research bases. It's hard to sum up all the impressions you will gain and adventures you will have. As a well-known quote from a veteran Antarctic traveler put it:
“If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”