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Discovering Antarctica Via Cruise Ship

July 16, 2007 By: David Eisen Travel Agent

A journey to the bottom of the earth offers a new spin for seasoned cruisers

Four months out of the year—from November through February,
when the climate is between 30 and 50 degrees—Antarctica
becomes inhabitable, allowing thrill seekers an opportunity to visit the White

Cruising Antarctica is meant for seasoned cruisers, says
Stephen Rodoquino, president of The International Traveler based in Miami.

"The region is for the well-traveled,
high-income-bracket traveler," he says. "They are adventurers—looking
to go places where no man has gone before."

 Hapag-Lloyd's Bremen in Antarctica

Antarctica, as an emerging
destination for cruisers, is a testament to the growing popularity of cruising
and travelers—particularly baby boomers—looking to collect personal experiences.

A Destination for Veteran Cruisers

"Lines have gone there over the years," says
Rodoquino, "but with the great boom in cruising, people are looking for
new places to go. The Caribbean is struggling
and the older veteran cruiser is looking for a new niche."

Some 98 percent of Antarctica
is covered by ice, meaning the larger ships would have a tough time navigating
the ubiquitous jagged ice floes that are indigenous to the region. That leaves
the task to smaller, mostly luxury ships, which have better maneuvering

A Selection of Ships

An Antarctica cruise can be experienced on its own or, more
typically, as part of a larger South America
itinerary. Crystal Cruises
sets off its Antarctica season in December with its 18-day Grand Holiday
Passage voyage aboard Crystal Symphony that embarks from Valparaiso in Chile. It stops in Ushuaia,
Argentina, the world's
southernmost city, before heading to Antarctica.

Regent Seven Seas
offers an Antarctica-specific program roundtrip from Ushuaia on its
expedition-built ship, Explorer II.

The 11-, 14- and 16-night voyages begin in November and run
through February. Special fares begin at $9,395 per person, which includes
roundtrip airfare and exploration gear.

Perhaps the line most equipped to service Antarctica
is Norwegian Coastal Voyage.
Its newest addition, the 268-passenger Fram,
conducts a 13-day program, which, weather permitting, offers landings at such
must-sees as Deception Island (known for its
black volcanic beach and warm spring). NCV also offers 19- and 21-day
itineraries on the Nordnorge and Nordkapp.

"Antarctica is for the
been-there done-that crowd who wants enrichment," says Bo Fridsberg, vice
president of sales for Norwegian Coastal Voyage, adding that the region's
newfound draw coincides with the popularity of the documentary, March of the Penguins.

Although Rodoquino says booking at least a year out is
necessary to secure availability, Fridsberg notes that space is still available
with Norwegian Coastal Voyage for this season's sailings.

Other expedition lines travel agents can take a look at
include Hapag-Lloyd, which
offers 15- to 20-day itineraries roundtrip from Ushuaia, which start at just a
shade under $9,000 per person.

has 15- and 25-day itineraries on its National Geographic Endeavor ship, operated through a collaboration
with the National Geographic Society, which provides photographers and experts
on each sailing.

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