Antarctica Cruise Misconceptions

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Antarctica Cruise MisconceptionsOne of the most remote places in the world to visit is Antarctica. While this may be a dream location for some travelers, others would never think of going to Antarctica. A lot of travelers miss out on an Antarctica cruise because they have some misconceptions about it. These are some of the common things that travelers who are going on a cruise to Antarctica worry about.
 

I'll Be Bored

A trip to Antarctica is difficult to describe. While it is very remote, you will be on a ship much of the time so you won’t have to worry about actually trying to camp there (unless you choose a voyage that offers that, that is!). The area is very beautiful and there truly is nowhere else in the world like it. Just seeing an iceberg up close with seals lounging around nearby often makes the journey worth it. There will be plenty to do both on and off the ship. Even if you aren’t into nature or a cold environment, you will still probably have a great time on an Antarctica cruise as it really is a once in a lifetime experience.

I'll Get Sick Going Over The Drake Passage

One of the fears that many travelers that are considering a trip to Antarctica has, is the Drake Passage. It is known to be rough, but it still has to be crossed. It does have some calm days though and many passengers don’t even feel the roughness of the water thanks to the size of the ship their on and their experienced captains that know how to steer it.

It Will Cost Too Much

Many travelers don’t book this type of voyage because they fear it will be expensive. While it can be costly, you can often get good deals if you are flexible when you travel. A great way to save some money is to book a last minute trip. This is especially true in the months of November And December.

I Won't Know What To Pack

Since everything is so white, thanks to the ice and snow, you need to pack a good pair of sunglasses and some sunscreen! Also, make sure you pack an adequate amount of clothing. When you are off the ship exploring, there’s a good chance that you will get soaked from the ice. Even though frigid weather clothing can be bulky, it’s worth it to pack an extra suitcase filled with these types of clothes. If you can, try to pack clothes that are waterproof. As long as you pack these items, plus toiletries and the normal things you’d pack on any vacation, you should be fine as far as packing goes.

 

What To See And Do In Deception Island

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What To See And Do In Deception IslandWhat to you see and do in one of the most intriguing islands on the planet, which happens to be in Antarctica... It’s fairly popular for tourists because of sites like Whalers Bay, Telefon Bay, Baily Head and Pendulum Cove. At these spots tourists can learn about geothermal activities, science and interesting facts about Antarctica.

 

Whalers Bay

Located on the east side of the island, the bay got its name because of the whalers that used to frequent here. It was designated as a Historic Site or Monument. There are many different artefacts to view here from the early whaling period. Visitors can also see a cemetery that also acts as a memorial for 10 men that were lost at sea.

Pendulum cove

Located on the north-east side of Deception Island, the cove got its name from Henry Foster, in 1829, who made pendulum and magnetic observations. Volcano and meteorology research took place at the cove, which first opened in 1955. It was destroyed by an eruption of a volcano in 1967 and 1969. The ruins of the onsite research station have been designated a Historic Site or Monument. Parts of the cove form an Antarctic Specially Protected Area which consist of sites that have been designated for their ecological and botanic value.

Baily Head

Located as the easternmost part of Deception Island, Baily Head is home to thousands, if not millions, of birds. There are thought to be 100,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins located in this area. Other birds located here include snowy sheathbills and brown skuas. Another interesting animal, the fur seal, is often seen hanging out on the black sand of the beach. Other animals that have been spotted here includes leopards, crabeaters and elephant seals.

Telefon Bay

Located on the north-west coast of the island, the bay is part of the Antarctic Specially Protected Area as well. Telefon Bay features many craters and rocks that seem to have the shape of penguins, with a few of them looking as if the face of a penguin was actually carved into them. One of the more interesting things to see here is the water. It is somewhat heated because of the active volcano and you can see bubbles from the volcano come up through the water. The landscape of the area seems to be everchanging for the curious tourist that likes to wander about as you can see everything from lava, to ash, to clean snow.

The Wildlife Of Antarctica

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017

The Wildlife Of AntarcticaDespite experiencing cold weather to the extreme with temperatures as low as -129 degrees F, Antarctica is filled with wildlife. Much of animals are particularly active in the summer. The endless opportunities to view these amazing animals makes for one of the reasons why visitors keep coming back to Antarctica again and again.

The Best Places To See Wildlife In Antarctica

If you are going to Antarctica or any of the Sub Antarctic Islands, these are the best places to see wildlife:

-Antarctic Peninsula

-Falkland Islands

-Macquarie Island

-Neko Harbor

-Peter I Island
-South Georgia Islands

-South Shetland Islands

-Weddell Sea


Antarctica is the planet’s least diverse continent despite there being an abundance of wildlife to see. Because of the lack of plants that can live on land with the harsh environment of Antarctica, many of these animals depend on food found in the ocean. Less than 1% of Antarctica is free of ice or snow.

Penguins In Antarctica

This is a great environment for penguins as they are able to spend more than 75% of their lives in the water. They are powerful animals and can swim as fast as 25 miles per hour. Seventeen different species of penguins can be found in this area. However, only 4 of these types actually breed on the continent which include Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Gentoo penguins.

Whales In Antarctica

Both tooth and baleen whales can be found in Antarctica. Popular whales to see include Humpbacks, Sperm Whales and Orcas. The Southern Bottlenose whales can sometimes be seen as well, but seeing them is rare. One of the interesting things about the Antarctic whales is that they do not breed here. They travel all the way from the north to enjoy the waters as it’s filled with nutrients.

Seals In Antarctica

Six different species of seals live in Antarctica including Crabeater, Elephants, Fur, Leopard, Weddell and Ross seals. Some species like the Elephant seals can weigh close to a whopping 9,000 pounds. There tends to be a large population of seals in Antarctica because there aren’t a lot of predators, like polar bears here. Seals spend a lot of their time in the water, but do go on land to breed. It’s not uncommon for tourists to see seals lounging on the coastal shores in packs.

Birds In Antarctica

There are around 46 different species of birds, including penguins, that call Antarctica home. These include ducks, egrets, gulls and swans. In order to survive the harsh environment, birds must have a dense layer of fat located under their skin. Overall there are 19 different species of seabirds alone. Some birds will migrate north for the winter and come back during the warmer, summer months. When visiting Antarctica in the summer, tourists are often surprised at the large amount of birds that they see.

Experiencing Quark Expeditions

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Quark Expeditions is by far the "Leader in Polar Adventure". The might not be the least expensive, but their formula works time and time again - Experience + Emotion = Memory. The Arctic and the Antarctic are the last two pristine wildernesses on the planet, both offering incredible travel experiences that will enrich your life and create indelible memories. This is Quark's only business and they research to give you the rare moments with their passionate pursuit. Quark is always looking to innovate and improve.

They have just launched a premium, all-inclusive and all-suite ship called the Island Sky. They are the first to introduce the Fly/Cruise program allowing you to fly over the Drake Passage and experience Antarctica in as few as seven days. The caring and enthusiasm of their expedition team makes for a trip of a lifetime taking passenger safety a high priority along with their excellent presentations, meals and service. Quark welcomes a host of on-board experts, special guest speakers and working scientists who pitch in with lectures and presentations during the voyage. Passengers rub shoulders with leading botanists, ornithologists, geologists, zoologists and the like, chatting with them informally or taking part in a group discussion. Quark is also committed to supporting sustainable tourism practices, and to championing conservation efforts throughout the regions they travel. Their vessels use low-emission marine gasoil, eco-friendly laundry chemicals and cabin amenities, sustainable spa products, and recycled, acid-free paper.

Arctic Adventures: Greenland is one of the best places to witness the Northern Lights. This region is a nature-lover's paradise. A full cruise plus an express route make it more accessible than ever. East Greenland takes you from Akureyri, Iceland through Denmark Strait to Greenland, while witnessing massive icebergs along the route. This is a 14 day adventure operating in August.

The Arctic Express is an expedition for travelers who are short on time, a 10 day expedition operating in September, by flying North and South and visiting the fjord system of Scoresby Sound, fascinating Inuit settlements and experience the most vivid displays of the Northern Lights. For the ultimate Arctic Adventure, visit the North Pole with Quark's 14 day expedition departing in July. Not all High Arctic expedition involves time spent on a ship. Quark also offers journeys by air to unique destinations. Ice-camp and wilderness-lodge visits offer unequaled experiences, as well. With Quark, you can extend your stay to experience everything these destinations have to offer. Two to four day tours before or after your arctic expedition digs a little deeper into these engaging cities, such as Reykjavik, Oslo and Helsinki.

Polar Opposites Antarctica and the Arctic

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What lies at the edge of the earth? New surprises, intrigue and wonder as Zegrahm Expeditions takes you on a cruise to the remote continent of Antarctica and inside the Arctic Circle in 2017. Let us find your ideal voyage where the breathtaking beauty of glittering icescapes and glassy waters create fertile ground for encounters with waddling penguins and majestic whales, bolstered by unparalleled expert insight and comfortable surrounds.

Set Sail for the South Pole - Navigate glacier-flanked passages as your expedition style ship converges on Antarctica's icy peaks, the bird dense Falkland islands and penguin colonies carpeting South Georgia.  Words cannot describe the moment a massive colony of King Penguins comes into view on the South Georgia coast.  From humpback whales to elephant seals, the waters of St. Andrews Bay are far more dense than you ever envisioned - especially once you're ashore in the thick of hundreds of thousands of tuxedoed birds.

Journey to the Arctic Circle - We can curate an accessible expedition that was once reserved for only the most seasoned pioneers.  This summertime circumnavigation of Iceland passes along the Arctic Circle with all its extraordinary marine life and seabirds.  Along Iceland's southern coast, the fabled Golden Circle comprises a great diversity of nature's feats, from the Geysir Center's roiling hot springs to the thunderous Gollfoss Waterfall and the wildflower-speckled lava plains within Thingvelir National Park.

Working hand in hand with Zegrahm Expeditions, we've perfected the art of making once-in-a-lifetime adventures accessible to you.  Venture out at your leisure on complimentary activities, whether you're kayaking the waters of Antarctica or the Arctic or snorkeling the South Pacific or the Caribbean Sea.  Enjoy guided excursions on land from close encounters with wildlife to cultural village tours and exclusive wine tastings, along with the benefits of enriching lectures and insightful conversation. Let dedicated staff take care of your every need, including pouring your preferred wine or beer with meals, and rest assured that gratuities - from porters to crew - are all included in your experience.

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