Antarctic Cruises – A Life Changing Experience
The Antarctic Peninsula is well known for it’s wildlife, scientific importance and impressive iceberg formations which fascinate travellers from all over the world. Sea kayaking, hiking tours in the snow or improving your camera skills, Antarctic cruises offer something for everyone. The untouched and peaceful environment of Antarctica is the best place to let go, recharge your batteries and concentrate on nature and all its beauty. During the Antarctic 2016/17 season, One Ocean Expeditions operated 22 voyages to Antarctica. Let us share our ‘BEST OFF’ travel experiences with you.
Camping under the Milky Way
Listen to the crackling and grumbling of glaciers, the splintering of icebergs, the soothing sounds of water and brash ice washing onto the shore. This is camping during Antarctic cruises. It is surreal.
The emperor penguin is known to be the tallest and heaviest of all penguin species and is only found in Antarctica. Usually, emperor penguins are found in the interior of the white continent. This year, we were able to spot an emperor penguin on an ice sheet.
Whales glide majestically through the ocean along the Antarctic Peninsula, dividing the glassy surface of the ice cold ocean. Snow-covered mountains, turquoise icebergs and the seemingly endless ocean are the background to this idyllic picture. Humpback whales and Minke whales are known to inspect sea kayaks and zodiacs curiously. There is a reason why these cetaceans are also called the ‘ballerinas of the ocean’. Thoughtfully they play in their natural environment and let us be part of their home. We are extremely grateful and show our respect by never willingly approaching marine mammals. With a minimum distance of ten meters, we stop, turn off our engines and watch the animals. Often they come close to the edge of our boats as if they want to welcome us.
“I have just returned from the Antarctic on One Ocean Navigator / Akademik Ioffe and wanted to write and tell you what an epic trip it was in so many ways… It is such a slick operation that couldn’t be faulted. It was a last minute decision to go with my god daughter Emily after a lot of angst as so whether I could afford it and it turned out to be the best money ever spent! We kayaked which was totally incredible. The food was fantastic, Elizabeth, the pastry chef was a wizard at bread making. The photographer Dave Brosha was a fantastic addition as were the two marine mammal scientists Mike Double and Elanor Bell, they made it so much more than a “cruise” with fascinating talks about the work they are doing with minke whales. It gave the feeling we really were on a research vessel and made me want to become a scientist! Without naming them all I would just like to say that all the staff were faultless, fun, efficient and very professional. Well done to all of you and I will be an Ambassador for One Ocean Expeditions from now on! A huge thank you”. Tyrella (Tyrella and Emily travelled on ‘Antarctic Peninsula Adventure’, February 15 – 25, 2017).
Antarctic Biennale 2017
For the first time in history, the Antarctic Biennale took place in March 2017 onboard One Ocean Voyager / Akademik Sergey Vavilov. The event connected artists from all over the world to develop Antarctica’s cultural potential and imagining the future of a global community.
See you soon onboard!