"Cruise the 7th continent" Antarctica Transportation Tip by jamiejcoleman

Antarctica Transportation: 83 reviews and 161 photos

Getting to AND around Antarctica can really only be done by ship, at least for the majority of people. I was lucky enough to work on the Marco Polo in 2000 and we went there for 7 weeks. Even though i was working alot on the shore i have to say, i loved every bit of it. Every year in January-February the Marco polo cruise ship takes passengers from Ushuiau(the most southern town in the world) through the Beagle channel around cape horn and across Drakes Passage (Where the southern Atlantic and the Southern Pacific Meet) to the Antarctic Peninsula. You cruise the Antarctic Peninsula for the next 5 days making stops at places like Port Lockroy, Deception Island, Stop at an old whaling station or and old chilean navel base before sailing through the very narrow Lemaire Channel which brings you to just below 65 degrees south. You would mostly go ashore at islands around the peninsula but almost always get to step foot on the continent at least once. This is a great (But very very Expensive) vacation for anyone who is into Wildlife, Birds, Sealife or if you are like me and you could just sit and look at beauty for hours on end.

Mode: TO
Type: Ship/Boat
Website: http://www.orientlines.com

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  • Written Nov 11, 2006
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