Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Antarctica Expedition Cruise FAQ's

We spoke to GAP Adventures one of the world leaders in Antarctic expedition cruises and asked them some frequently asked questions about taking a trip to Antarctica. Here's what they say

What ship do you use for your Antarctica programs?
We have recently taken ownership of the Explorer, the world's first purpose-built expedition cruise ship designed specifically for polar destinations. Triple, twin and single cabins are available and all feature private facilities and a porthole or window. The lecture hall, lounge and dining room are large enough to accommodate all 108 passengers. The ship also features a small gym and plenty of viewing space on deck. For more information on our ship check out the post above this blog entry.

When is the best time to visit Antarctica?
Antarctica can only be visited during the summer season which lasts from November to March. November is best for viewing penguin rookeries while March is a good time for whale watching.

Where does the ship depart from?
The ship departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. Flights typically arrive in Ushuaia via Buenos Aires. If you are a resident of Southern Africa please contact an adventure specialists Travel Light for a quote for a full antarctic package.

Do you have tours that combine Antarctica with a visit to Patagonia?
Yes, our Antarctica and Patagonia Experience does exactly that. If you are looking for this and other options please contact one of the Travel Light Adventure Specialists for further details.

How long are the shore excursions?
Shore excursions are typically 2 to 3 hours long and there is at least one a day (depending on weather).

What type of outerwear is required in Antarctica?
We recommend you bring a warm winter jacket, waterproof pants, tall Wellington boots, hats, mitts and anything else that would make you comfortable in cold weather. There are places in Ushuaia where outerwear can be rented however there is no guarantee that items will be available (and so we recommend you bring it with you). For more information please download the tour dossier.

Can outerwear be reserved in advance?
We cannot reserve outerwear in advance. It can sometimes be arranged at your Ushuaia hotel upon arrival however we cannot guarantee that the items or the items in your size will be available.

Is seasickness common?
All our Antarctic voyages cross the Drake Passage, notorious for rough seas. We recommend bringing seasickness medication and if you are unsure which type to bring please consult your physician.

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