Antarctica

Antarctica: which cruise is right for you?

Every year more ships carrying more passengers make their way to Antarctica. Visitors will be up around the 59,000 mark in 2019/20, a long way from 1966 when just 57 tourists made the first trip.

Ships are now being designed just for the purpose of travelling to the land of the South Pole and they too have come a long way from the early Russian research vessels which were not known as luxurious – or for their ability to stabilise in rough seas.

For a rundown of the ships visiting Antarctica in the next season there is a really comprehensive article published in the Fairfax press last weekend and written by David McGonigal, author of several books on Antarctica, and veteran of over 100 voyages to the region.

One of the strangest looking vessels with some of the most innovative features is Aurora Expeditions Greg Mortimer, the video below will show you just how and why.

Silverseas – Prince Albert and the Silver Spirit

What do travel agents do in the evening? Well many work way past closing time putting together itineraries for clients and wouldbe-clients – most are working harder at the moment than ever before – some go home – and some go to events like last night’s promotion by Silverseas for travel agents, held at Sydney’s classy Establishment.
These are events where suppliers sell to travel agents, so they can sell to you – the customer. Last night Silverseas treated us all to champagne and canapes while they informed about the Prince Albert‘s (pictured) upcoming season in the Arctic – and her successes in the Antarctic – and their new ship, Silver Spirit which will make her first voyage in December from Barcelona to Lisbon. There are no plans for the Silver Spirit to come to Australasia – she will divide her trips between the Mediterranean and the Americas. Those who love Silverseas will no doubt want to experience the new beauty while she is new.
Meanwhile the Prince Albert has become very popular with those who want to see Antarctica in style. She departs from Ushuaia in our summer months then moves to Norway and the north for the northern summer.
Currently Silverseas are offering discounts on Alaskan cruises aboard Silver Shadow.
Silverseas cruises include all meals, all drinks and gratuities and prices on theese 10 day cruises start at $4497pp twin-share. These cruises start on August 1 – departing until September. This beautiful picture of an Arctic fox is here because I think it’s a beautiful creature … what a treat to catch a glimpse of such an animal!
Contact us – travel@travelchoice.com.au if you’d like more info