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Antarctic tour operators offer tips for independent sailors

Antarctic tour operators offer tips for independent sailors Nov 4th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The Antarctic tourism season is just getting underway and travelers the world over are preparing to make the journey to the bottom of the planet where they'll be treated to one of the most remote and untouched destinations on Earth. The vast majority of those travelers will book their visit with a travel company and will end up cruising the Southern Ocean aboard a ship that is specially designed...

Take a luxury expedition vacation to Antarctica

Take a luxury expedition vacation to Antarctica Aug 12th, 2010 at 9:00AM: For many adventure travelers (myself included!), Antarctica is the ultimate destination. it is one of the most remote, and untouched, places on the planet, and about as far as you can get from a well trammeled tourist path. Most journeys to the frozen continent come via a cruise ship that skirts the Antarctic coastline, allowing visitors to go ashore in just a few, very select, places. But for...

Is it the end of the line for Antarctic cruise ships?

Is it the end of the line for Antarctic cruise ships? Jul 2nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: Over the past decade, Antarctica has become an increasingly popular destination for adventure travelers with a penchant for visiting remote places that few others have the opportunity to see. To meet that demand, more and more ships have ventured into the frigid and treacherous waters along the Antarctic coasts, giving tourists a glimpse of the frozen continent, which had in the past seemed like a...

"Bus2Antarctica" comes to a successful end - Andrew Evans arrives on his 7th continent

Feb 14th, 2010 at 3:30PM: On January 9th, National Geographic writer (and Gadling team member) Andrew Evans set off on a trip to reach Antarctica. Not that many people make this trip, and while the destination itself is still very special, Andrew made his voyage even more exciting by completing the trip using public bus services. Of course, he had to use a boat to complete the final portion since amphibious public...

Bowermaster's Adventures -- Live from Antarctica: part 5

Bowermaster's Adventures -- Live from Antarctica: part 5 Dec 22nd, 2009 at 12:00PM: I spent part of this early Antarctic morning on the back deck of the ship reading a summary of the past eleven day's events in Copenhagen, a long story downloaded at very slow rate from the New York Times. Between readings I looked up, to remind myself where I was, surrounded in a narrow bay by miles of glaciers running down to the ocean's edge; icebergs calved off the glaciers littered the...

Patriot Hills Antarctic base opens for 2009 season

Patriot Hills Antarctic base opens for 2009 season Nov 14th, 2009 at 8:00AM: The only privately owned Antarctic base opened for the 2009 season a few days ago, allowing explorers, scientists, mountaineers, and adventure travelers, access to the frozen continent for the first time since January. Commonly known as Patriot Hills, the base is operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE), a company that supports the adventurous men and women who are traveling to the...

Antarctic tour operators recommend further safety measures

Antarctic tour operators recommend further safety measures Oct 14th, 2009 at 8:30AM: Just a few short weeks before the Antarctic cruise season gets underway, the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) has recommended further safety measures in the wake of several high profile accidents in the region over the past few years. The IAATO is a completely voluntary organization, made up of companies that operate cruises in the Southern Ocean. In recent months it...

Travel photography scholarship in Antarctica!

Travel photography scholarship in Antarctica! Jul 14th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Think you have what it takes to hang with a National Geographic photog? Now, could you last two weeks shooting in Antarctica? If you think you have what it takes, check out the new travel photography scholarship. If you win the assignment, you'll go take Gap Adventure's Antarctica Classic M/S Expedition to the Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, and your photos will appear...

Inexperinced Captain Blamed for Antarctic Cruise Ship Sinking

Inexperinced Captain Blamed for Antarctic Cruise Ship Sinking Apr 17th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Back in November of 2007 a cruise ship, called the Explorer, owned and operated by GAP Adventures, a well known and respected adventure travel operator, went down in the Southern Ocean. Fortunately, none of the 154 people on board were killed, or even injured for that matter, and rescue ships were on the scene within hours. But many were left to wonder how such an accident could happen. Eighteen...

Chimu Adventures revenue pops 300% for South America, Antarctica tours

Chimu Adventures revenue pops 300% for South America, Antarctica tours Apr 3rd, 2009 at 12:00PM: Chimu Adventures, which operates tours in South America and Antarctica, seems to have found a winning formula for these trying economic times. For the first quarter of 2009, revenue shot 310 percent higher relative to the same quarter last year. These types of excursion aren't cheap, so why are travelers still shelling out their hard-earned cash for such high-end experiences? Company directors...

Antarctic Cruise Ship Runs Aground

Antarctic Cruise Ship Runs Aground Feb 18th, 2009 at 11:00AM: The Antarctic cruise ship the M/V Ocean Nova has run aground in Marguerite Bay, near the Antarctic Peninsula, with 106 passengers and crew aboard. According to this story, from The Guardian, there is no immediate threat to anyone on board the vessel. Quark Expeditions, the tour operator running the Ocean Nova, is posting updates for the press on their website, and reports that ship is not leaking...

Antarctic Tourism Down

Antarctic Tourism Down Feb 13th, 2009 at 8:30AM: The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators or IAATO is reporting that the number of tourists visiting Antarctica dropped dramatically in 2008 according to a report from Outside Online. According to the preliminary numbers from 2008, 36,000 people visited the frozen continent, that's down from the record high of 46,000 the year before. The reason for the sharp drop? Like all things...

Bowermaster's Antarctica -- Marguerite Bay

Bowermaster's Antarctica -- Marguerite Bay Feb 5th, 2009 at 11:00AM: I spent the afternoon walking on a piece of fast ice the size of a small town – floating on the surface, about six feet thick, still attached to the continent – in a fjord known as Beaujoix. Many of the landmarks in the area bear French names, like the big island of Pourquoi Pas, for example, thanks to the early exploits this far south by Frenchman Jean Charcot. Surrounded on three...

First tourist trips to the South Pole

First tourist trips to the South Pole Dec 9th, 2007 at 1:30PM: In today's over-traveled world, I've always just assumed that tour operators can take clients to every corner of the globe. Apparently the South Pole, however, has always been an exception--until now, that is. The news out of London is that a British travel outfitter will be the first company to take tourists all the way to the South Pole. According to the Telegraph, Discover the World already...

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