Why Travel Aboard 'Explorer' to Antarctica?
A slow cruise through Antarctica's Lemaire Channel, surrounded by a forest
of icebergs and escorted, perhaps, by a pod of humpback whales, is an
indescribable and awe-inspiring experience. The Antarctic simply has no
equal as a destination for the traveler who appreciates unique landscapes,
unusual environments and fascinating wildlife.
Antarctica is our world's last
wilderness continent - our planet's Last Frontier. Dedicated to scientific
research today, just yesterday it was the scene of some of the most
breathtaking exploits in the history of geographic exploration. 'Explorer'
travels in the wake - and in the spirit - of trailblazers like Sir Ernest
Shackleton, whose heroism illuminates the landscapes through which we
travel. Every exciting moment we spend here recalls their adventures, and
inspires our own.
'Explorer' began her career in
Antarctica and spends each austral summer cruising the waters of the Deep
South. During this warmest, November-through-March season, there's always
something spectacular to see and do, from the courting antics of penguins
and seabirds in November, through mid-season penguin hatchings and seal
pups, to the blooming sea algae and whale sightings common in February. No
other passenger vessel cruising Antarctica today can match the 'Explorer'
record of safe, comfortable, pioneering travel in this, one of nature's last
great strongholds. Her shallow draft, 1A1-Ice A strengthened double hull and
small size were, literally, made to order for challenging Antarctic
conditions, and to date she's sailed to "The Ice" more than 250 times.
Expeditions to Antarctica
Tour price includes everything:
meals; open bar; excursions; a backpack and parka; onboard gratuities; and
much more. For an even greater value, 'Explorer' often offers early
To ensure the highest quality of
service, 'Explorer' carries a staff and crew of 75 to accommodate just 100
'Explorer' is just the right size
for hands-on expedition cruising: large enough to offer comfortable,
air-conditioned accommodations, but small enough to maneuver narrow
Antarctic channels and inlets.
Go-everywhere Zodiacs bring the
"White Continent" within reach. Stable and versatile, our fleet of Zodiacs
is large enough to carry every passenger at once-with NO staggered
'Explorer' was designed, from the
hull up, to be the perfect adventure cruising vessel: a small, agile,
comfortable, safe and environmentally sensitive ship at home in the most
remote locations and potentially difficult conditions.
'Explorer's lecturer-guides are
"simply the best." On each departure, passengers travel with respected
naturalists, geologists, zoologists, historians and ornithologists:
experts whose education, field research and personal accomplishments make
them ideal companions for an Antarctic adventure as on-board lecturers and
'Explorer' is top-rated in
prominent publications such as Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic