Antarctica Cruises

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Antarctica cruises are among the most exciting and unique travel experiences in the world. Unless you are trying to circumnavigate the continent, you will most likely sail around the Antarctic Peninsula, which reaches into Drake Passage toward Chile. This is the most accessible section of Antarctica, and it has the most abundant wildlife.

Depending on weather and ice conditions, ships navigate the Antarctic Sound, or "iceberg alley." This famous area has some of the most spectacular iceberg sightings, as these enormous ice chunks break off from the continent and drift northward. Again depending on weather conditions, ships often land on Paulet Island to see the magnificent Adele penguin colony. If possible, passengers will actually land at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour, in order that they can say they stepped foot on this isolated continent during their Antarctica tours.

Antarctica Cruises: Send a Postcard Home

Although Antarctica cruises usually embark during the summer season of October through May, weather can be erratic at the bottom of the earth. After all, this is the coldest, windiest place on the planet, so allowances must be made for shifts in the environment during cruise expeditions. Hopefully, Antarctica cruises are able to enter the narrow passageways of the Neumayer and Lemaire Channels where towering glaciers rise on both sides of the ship.

If this is not possible, ships might head to Petermann Island, where Adele and Gentoo penguins are plentiful and entertaining with their antics. How about sending a "wish you were here" postcard to those back home? You can at Port Lockroy, which is a refurbished British scientific station that is now a museum. There are many routes around the Antarctic Peninsula; this is just one possible journey that will let you take in the awesome sights of the White Continent.

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