This photo depicts the luxury expedition yacht Hanse Explorer ‘docked’ for the night in the fast ice of Antarctica. The yacht had just come through the Gullet (a notoriously icy and difficult passage) and had broken into Marguerite Bay – well below the Antarctic Circle. At 2am, the expedition leader saw an injured seal on the ice [...]
After graduating and spending a year backpacking, I decided to combine my love of travel and the opportunity to have a meaningful career and so embarked upon a life within the travel industry. For the last nine years I have been working for luxury cruise specialist Mundy Cruising, which specialises in deluxe ocean and river [...]
Well, I never… Google Street View now covers every continent on the globe, having published footage from Antarctica. Admittedly, the coverage of our southernmost continent is modest, but they have now made imagery from an area called Half Moon Island live. You can view it by clicking here and here.
A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Journey back in time on the Royal Scotsman Five star luxury at its best, from Graycliff Marvel at Emperor penguins with Polar Cruises Discover thousands of years of civilization courtesy of Arts in Europe
This week Forbes Traveler has run a feature entitled “10 Gorgeous Glaciers“. It caught my eye not only because of the beautiful pictures but also because I have a particular interest in this subject. Few of you will know this, but my PhD was in glaciology. Alas, Greenland – where I worked – doesn’t [...]
Follow in the wake of Scott and Nansen by booking a cruise on the new Silversea expedition ship, Prince Albert II. This state-of-the-art vessel set off for the Arctic last month but will head to the opposite pole later in the year for the summer in the far south. Luxury on board combines with [...]
Bring Antarctica’s beauty home from a special photographic cruise of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. From the 19th November professional photographer Richard Harker joins the experts on the ‘Minerva ‘ for a 21-day journey to help aspiring photographers capture intimate images of this ultimate travel frontier. One-on-one sessions, on-board workshops and informative lectures provide [...]
Last year Norwegian Coastal Voyage Inc. changed its name to Hurtigruten to reflect their new global identity. What started as the world’s most beautiful voyage along the Norwegian coast has expanded to incredible journeys to the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica, and even an incredible 67-day Arctic to Antarctic voyage. Visit their site to learn more.
iExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers. Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year [...]
More details are starting to emerge on the cruise ship that is reportedly sinking somewhere near King George Island (near the South Shetland Islands between Antarctica and the southernmost tip of Argentina). The 2,400-tonner liner, MV Explorer, owned by Toronto-based Gap Adventures [site seemingly very slow at present, perhaps understandably], was built in 1969 [...]
There’s breaking news just in that a cruise ship has crashed into an iceberg off Antarctica. It’s been reported that 154 passengers were on the vessel. A ship has been diverted to help collect passengers from lifeboats. Let’s hope that everyone is safely accounted for. More later.
American Express is offering more than 25 amazing travel packages, including a luxury RV trip across America, an adventure in Antarctica and a South African safari. Travellers daydreaming about their next luxurious getaway need look no further. From 17th to 27th April 2007, US and UK American Express card holders will have the opportunity [...]
The untouched beauty of Antarctica has begun to become one of the ‘must go’ places for the more intrepid luxury traveller. Orient Lines award-winning ship Marco Polo brings tourists closer than ever to the magical scenery, animals and unique contours of the forgotten continent. The ship has a specially designed hull that allows [...]
Timmerman Yachts has unveiled its plans to build a new luxury 148-yacht capable of navigating the seas of the Arctic and Antarctic. This ocean-going vessel is the flag carrier of the Timmerman collection. Its range allows it not only to cross the Atlantic Ocean but also to sail around the world with only five refueling [...]
At the Golden Globes Awards ceremony on 16th January 2006, presenters including Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman and Emma Thompson will receive swag bags filled with complimentary luxury items valued at more than $62,000. Among the goodies, a cruise to mingle with the penguins in Antarctica; Quark Expeditions whisks a VIP and [...]