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A Comprehensive Guide On Visiting Antarctica

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Humanity is growing; the last count saw almost 9 billion humans on our planet and according to many of the top scientists, we are facing a climate crisis like no other. Many of the polar animals are on the critically endangered list, as both the North and South Pole experience global warming. If you want to see and experience Antarctica in all its natural beauty, now is the best time to think about booking a luxury cruise.

Diverse Range Of Cruises

The luxury cruises to Antarctica start at 6 days and stretch to 35 days, with everything in between. Start by browsing the website of one of the leading luxury tours to see the various cruises and lots of information about the vessels and amenities. They are taking bookings for summer 2023 and if you can travel at short notice, there are always last-minute cancellations.

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How To Choose An Antarctica Cruise

Below are a few factors to take into consideration when selecting a cruise to Antarctica:

  • Cruise Experience – If lots of people isn’t really your thing, look for a smaller vessel (80-120 passengers), while as a general rule, the larger the ship, the more facilities. Smaller cruises are usually a little more expensive, which is down to numbers, yet there is more of an adventure expedition feel with a small cruise ship.
  • Stability – Some people do not have good sea legs and the larger ships are more stable than the smaller ones; they are fitted with special stabilisers and booking a berth in the central part of the ship minimises movement. Once you find the website of a leading Antarctica Cruise tour operator, you can check the stability factor of each vessel before booking for a luxury Antarctica cruise.
  • Comfort – The more comfortable the environment, the more expensive the berth. Of course, you have several classes; if you prefer a rugged experience with no frills attached, there are small ship Antarctica cruises just for you. If, on the other hand, you want a luxurious cruise experience, one of the larger cruise liners is for you.
  • Activities – If you are an active person who likes to engage in stuff, there are many fun-based activities, with the focus on wildlife and the history of the continent. There are many stops where you get to observe penguins, seals and sea lions, while English-speaking guides fill in the gaps with import ecological data regarding Antarctica and the many species that live there. Kayaking is one activity that is very popular, with guided tours to view stunning ice formations, while ice camping is another unique experience that most cruises offer.

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  • Destinations/Routes – The larger ships follow the main Antarctica peninsula, while smaller vessels go off the beaten track and stop at various small ports, which is great for the passengers. The main departure port is Ushuaia, while some vessels depart from Punta Arenas; both are easily accessible. Take a look at the various tours on offer in 2023 on the Antarctica cruise tour operator’s website and you can make a reservation on your chosen cruise ship. The Falkland Islands are unique in many ways and followers of the 1980s conflict might have a special reason to visit these British colonies. South Georgia is home to a multitude of birds, with minimal land, these amazing creatures can’t be choosy over where they nest.

The world’s least populated continent has much to offer the tourist and this is the perfect choice for 2023. Choose a suitable route and get ready for what will surely be a holiday to remember for all the right reasons.

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