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Popularity of Antarctic Travel

Such adventures are now possible via a number of ships that travel the waterways of the Southern Hemisphere, exposing passengers to a plethora of wildlife and captivating vistas. Travel in the Antarctic has become more popular recently, but began in the 1950s with a naval transportation ship carrying more than 500 passengers who paid to be ferried through the region from South Shetland Island.

Those considering where to book Antarctic cruises should choose to do so with a company boasting a long history of travel in the area. It is also a good idea to examine how committed the travel company is to the protection of Antarctic landscapes.

While it is difficult for many people to imagine the enormity of Antarctica, some details help provide travellers with a sense of what they will encounter. For example, Antarctica receives the lowest amount of precipitation in the world, but holds more than 65% of the world’s fresh water.

Antarctic vistas are peppered with icebergs that form when the edge of the ice sheet breaks off. Only the top quarter of an iceberg is visible above the water’s surface. The ice sheet itself is up to 4 kilometers thick in some parts. During the long stretch of winter months in the Antarctic, portions of the ice sheet freeze together with chunks of sea ice, expanding the surface area of the ice sheet.

A cruise to Antarctica might be just the compromise to integrate your inner yearnings with the reality of your life. Seriously. A cruise Expedition cruises to Antarctica bring you to a pristine, end-of-the-world destination and offer customizable adventure options in itineraries that fit into your two-to-three week real-world vacation time. Cut out the hardship and trek to get there, and travel efficiently and comfortably by small ship. The size of the ship is key to your adventure satisfaction, as fewer than 100 people are permitted to land on Antarctica at any given time, and you’ll want to be off ship experiencing as much as possible. The best Antarctica cruise company will provide a personalized program for each individual on board. Look for a cruise that offers the guidance and flexibility for you to choose the activities that most interest you. A cruise where staff will divide already small groups even smaller to match you with other like-minded adventurers.

Visitors to the region can expect to see a range of wildlife as well as icebergs of all different shapes and sizes. Many icebergs are intense in their shade of cerulean blue and or black.