Explore the Arctic circle

16 May 2011 by , Comments Off

Travellers looking for a cruise with a cool difference can climb aboard *M/S
Expedition *with Travel Associates for 10 nights of exploration and
breathtaking sights in the Arctic.

Passengers can enjoy magnificent views of mammoth icebergs and glaciers and
see a variety of unique wildlife including polar bears, seals, reindeer and
native Arctic birds from $5,130* per person twin share.

Price includes 10 nights accommodation aboard the *M/S Expedition *in a
triple or twin share cabin or suite, all meals onboard, live evening
entertainment, Zodiac and land excursions with expert expedition teams and
educational programs.

Waterproof boots and an Arctic destination guidebook are also
included. Airport
transfers from Longyearbyen in Svalbard are also available depending on
flight details.

This offer is available until May 31, 2011 for travel dates of June 13, 2011
and June 23, 2011. *Price is subject to change and availability at the time
of booking.

Phone Travel Associates on 1800 044 066 or see
www.travel-associates.com.aufor more details.


29 April 2011 by , Comments Off
GET $1000 off a 13-day Antarctica expedition, departing on November 7 and 18this year, with a special offer from Flight Centre.

The company is offering a special discount on Gap Adventures’ *AntarcticaClassic in Depth* aboard the M/S Expedition*,* now priced $4,399* per persontriple share.
The expedition starts in Ushuaia and sails across The Drake Passage to theSouth Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula, where passengers can get upclose to leopard seals, penguins and towering glaciers on Zodiac excursionswith an expert team,
Now priced, including 11 nights on board the M/S Expedition, one nightaccommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia, all meals included on board theship, Ushuaia airport transfer, lectures and educational programs and guidedexcursions.
Waterproof boots and an Antarctica destination guide book are also availableto passengers.Airfares are extra, but can be arranged in conjunction with the trip.
Valid for travel on November 7 and 18, 2011 and valid for sale until May 31,2011.
*Conditions apply. Price is subject to change and availability.
*Phone Flight Centre on 1300 939 414 or see www.flightcentre.com.au for moredetails. * [...]

Cruises: a great holiday alternative

25 February 2011 by , Comments Off

Cruising has been gaining popularity in the travel industry, but some people are not sold on the idea that cruising may be right for them. There are several reasons why cruising can be a great vacation for many different types of people.
Cruising is a great choice for those who are trying to stay under budget. Cruise prices includes accommodation, food, and entertainment. When everything has been prepaid, it is easy to budget a vacation.
Cruising allows a traveler to experience different countries and cultures in a single trip. In the span of a week, a cruiser can visit Mexico, Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the Virgin Islands. Cruising makes this easy because the hotel (the cruise ship) travels with you. So, there is no need to keep packing or unpacking every day.

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Cruises are available to visit many different countries. Not every one likes tropical climates or to spend time on the beach. Cruises are not only in the tropics. There are several different cruises that have itineraries to colder climates, such as Alaska and Antarctica.
Cruises also offer a variety of on board entertainment, ensuring that the travelers never have a dull moment. Cruise ships can have a casino, mini golf course, ice skating rink, and a movie theater. This in addition to the several pools and hot tubs that can typically be found on board. The cruise staff also organizes several activities throughout the day.
Cruising can be a short or a long vacation, depending on the desire of the traveler. Some cruises are only two nights, while some cruises can last over two weeks. Because of this, cruising can easily fit into the lifestyle of a busy family.

We’d like to thank Mr Mark Paton on this contribution to our web page. [...]

Antarctic Journey

3 June 2010 by , Comments Off

ANTARTICAntarctica is located on the southern tip of the planet, surrounded by the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the fifth largest continent in the world made up of a frozen desert with mountains and volcanoes, some of which are still active. This is the coldest, driest and windiest location in the world. Native flora and wildlife of the region includes algae, mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and sparse tundra vegetation.

The human inhabitants that live here are research scientists whose numbers vary throughout the year, but may be as high as a few thousand at any given time. Scientists from around the world come to study the marine life, wildlife, and changing planet conditions. These individuals reside in research stations around the continent. Tourist expeditions are not uncommon and tourism is growing annually.

Arriving to Antarctica means traveling by special ships designed to withstand crushing ice flows, icebreaking boats or ski equipped planes. Those on the snow and ice covered terrain use sleds and dogs, snowmobiles and snowcats to get from one destination to another.

Most of the research teams and tourists arrive during the summer months, which may last from November to March, but winter has been known to last 10 months out of the year. Some reside here all year long. In the summer, the sun shines for 24 hours a day and the temperature reaches a balmy 15 degrees C (59 degrees F). In the winter, darkness lasts for 24 hours a day and the temperatures dip to -80 degrees C (-112 degrees F) with 100 mile an hour winds.

Individuals traveling Individuals traveling to this vast uninhabitable climate for research are required to undergo a type of survival training. Persons must be physically fit and healthy as there may be a physician at some of the research centers, but the closest hospital is in the Falkland Islands. Training includes proper clothing and nutrition to withstand the elements, safety and first aid. Rock climbing and rope handling are taught in the event a team member should fall into a crevasse.

Clothing is worn in light multiple layers to allow perspiration to escape, but also trap air for insulation. Insulated waterproof gear protects delicate skin from frostbite. Sunglasses and sunscreen are necessary as the sun reflecting off the ice can cause burns in spite of the temperature. Food is mostly canned, dried or frozen and fresh foods are a treat. Daily caloric intake is high, but is necessary for the body to remain healthy.

Antarctica: A Hidden Gem of a Destination

2 June 2010 by , Comments Off

With travel to exotic destinations becoming more readily available in this day and age, Antarctica is a destination that is often overlooked despite its overwhelming beauty. Geographical wonders such as the Weddell Sea and Heronia island display all of the tranquility and serenity that Antarctica’s natural environments have to offer. Antarctica will soon become one’s favorite place in the world when they witness natural beauty that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Visitors that travel to Antarctica will marvel at the massive icebergs and mountains with awe and wonder. (For more information on Antarctica see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antartica)
Lucky visitors to the beautiful continent can also expect to see a unique array of wildlife. A small sample of the wildlife of Antarctica are the large mass of penguins that gather at Deception Island, the seals of Gustave Channel, and the opportunity to see enormous humpback whales in their natural habitat.
Supplementing the numerous breath-taking natural sights are the recreational activities that are available in Antarctica. Travelers have the option of taking a boat ride to survey the surreal landscape of ice and ocean. Scenic views and areas are bountiful and everyday will be a new adventure. Visitors can survey this arctic paradise by mountain climbing and seeing the grand scale of the environment. The adventure, unique wildlife, and infinite appeal of natural beauty found no where else is why you should go to Antarctica.

Wildlife of Antarctica

2 June 2010 by , Comments Off

Antarctica Wildlife – Peregrine Adventures

Not many people get the chance to visit Antarctica, but those that do get to experience something they have never experienced before. Antarctica is full of whales, seals, penguins and many species of birds. The weather may be cold, but the summer months allow for more sunlight in the day. Cruises usually travel from the months of October through March. These months in the southern part of the world are considered summer months. It is during this time that all the wonderful wildlife comes out to enjoy the glaciers, icebergs and mountains. There are many great cruise deals that will take people to visit Antarctica.

The best cruises are available at different prices and from different destinations. Many cruises leave from New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and one of the departure points to Antarctica. Valparaiso and Buenos Aires are other common cities that leave for the coldest island in the world. The price is not cheap, but it is worth it to visit one of the most fascinating places in the world. One type of cruise takes visitors on a large cruise ship with all the accommodations of a cruise ship. However, they only get to pass along side Antarctica and witness the animals and natural landmarks. Fortunately, there are cruise ships that are slightly smaller but allow passengers to get out of the cruise ship and onto the island.

People wanting to visit Antarctica can only do so through a cruise. Cruises are a great way to experience nature and one of the least visited continents in the world. There are many cruise deals online and through travel agents that can make great cruise deals for individuals or groups. Visiting Antarctica is a once in a lifetime opportunity. [...]

Advantages of Tourism in Antarctica

2 June 2010 by , Comments Off

Are you looking for a unique tourist destination? Maybe something different than the usual options that everybody talks about? Ask your friends or family about their favorite vacation spots and you will likely hear more common choices like the Caribbean, Paris, London, Las Vegas, or perhaps Disney World if they have children. What if you’re just not a fan of the same tropical locales frequented by countless other tourists?

Advantages of Tourism in Antarctica

Adventure in Antarctica 2008

For those searching for a non-typical tourist destination, Antarctica is a hidden gem to those who are more adventurous. Often the continent that most people forget about, especially when it comes to popular tourist destinations, Antarctica has plenty of things to see and do for people of all ages. Even better, when you return home with tales of your journey, it’s a virtual certainty that your stories will be ones that haven’t been heard before.

Antarctica is one of the few remaining destinations where you can observe polar animals (such as penguins and polar bears) in their natural environment. Some of the best wildlife viewing exists in Antarctica, with birds, seals, and whales being the most popular creatures. There are ferry cruises that depart from Argentina or Chile that last approximately two days. However, traveling by helicopter is also an option for those who are interested in viewing nature up close.

Perhaps you’re interested in camping under the stars? If you happen to be a particularly daring individual, you might choose to kayak up to the icebergs for better views and even camp on the ice, depending on the weather. When it comes to viewing the cosmos, you can indulge yourself in a magnificent sky full of stars on the many clear nights you will experience.

Finally, just like you probably receive postcards from the same destinations that others visit every year, you can’t forget to brag to your friends about your visit! Port Lockroy, formerly a British station, is now a museum and the only post office in Antarctica, so it’s a near guarantee that a postcard received from the “forgotten continent” will be treasured by those who receive it. [...]

Scientific research in Antarctica

2 June 2010 by , Comments Off

Antarctica has long been a prime spot for scientific research. The United States first established bases there in 1957. Today, more than 14 different countries maintain research stations in Antarctica.


Due to the climatic extremes and isolation, Antarctica is easily one of the most untouched regions on the earth. This makes it extremely valuable for all types of scientific research, but especially those involving climate change. The ice sheet that covers all but 2% of the continent contains 70% of the earths fresh water. This provides scientists with the perfect specimen to study and has enabled them to advance our knowledge of how ice sheets form and react with the environment over millions of years. Other scientific disciplines being researched on Antarctica include astronomy, astrophysics, biology, earth science, environmental science, geology, marine biology and geophysics.

Antarctica is of particular value to astronomers and astrophysicists. The South Pole is one of the best places on earth for viewing stars and scientists there are able to take advantage of the location and atmosphere in order to obtain valuable scientific data. Antarctica is also the best place in the world to find meteorites. Dark meteorites show up well in the snow and ice and there is no vegetation anywhere on the continent to cover them up.

Another key research field is geology. By studying geological evidence, scientists have been able to determine that Antarctica at one time had a temperate climate. The information that is hidden under the ice in Antarctica will continue to be retrieved and studied for generations to come.

Most of what makes Antarctica so valuable for research also makes it difficult for the scientists who are stationed there. The isolation and extreme climate are difficult for many people to endure for extended periods of time. Antarctica is both the coldest and the windiest continent. These two things combine to make an extremely hostile environment. The research stations that are maintained on Antarctica use state of the art technology to both protect scientists from the environment and to provide a level of comfort which enables them to live and work there relatively safely and comfortably. [...]