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TRIP OF A LIFETIME: ANTARCTICA COMPLETE

in Antarctica Travel Blog

Itinerary for my Antarctica Classic Cruise

Living in 4 countries and visiting 6 could not have been the better in 2010.  I ended it with a bang and now officially have a memory that roughly 37,000 had last year, visiting Antarctica.  It was truly amazing and trying to describe the beauty of this place would be unjust.  There are places left empty and baron and others bursting with life.  This was the itinerary for the 10 day cruise that most of you are looking to take (you can find out how to find a cheap last minute cruise to Antarctica here.)  Not everyone has the same experiences since the weather is 100% unpredictable.

Only one of these landings is the actual Antarctic continent.  There are places to swim (yes I did it) and when you have jackets on the size of your mattress you get warm very easily.  In the summer it doesn’t get as cold as everyone thinks and many times I was walking around without a jacket.  One very important thing to plan for is the sun.  Generally not something you would think about in the Antarctic, I used SPF 50 and still got burned.  The ozone is much thinner in this part of the world and all the glaciers and ice reflect the sun’s rays on you 24/7.

Most of the times you are able to land between 4-7 times with at least one landing being the actual continent.  The Drake Passage will be another one of your tourist attractions with the main highlight being the ceiling above your bunk.  These waters can be quite treacherous and just weeks before I left on my voyage a ship lost all engine power due to wild seas, see video here.  Since many cruise companies try to get you on land as much as possible be prepared to wake up very early in the morning.  A typical day will be: 7.30am breakfast, landing, lunch, nap, landing, nap, dinner.

Since everyone is so interested in Penguins the best time to see them would be in January when the actual Penguin chicks are hatching or are already hatched.  Global warming has caused a reverse reaction in parts of Antarctica causing it to snow later in the year which means the Penguins lay their eggs later and the chicks hatch later as well.  Everyone typically says December is the best time of the year to go but January is now the best.  The highlight of the trip was when I was surrounded by a Penguin colony.  They not only tried to peck my face but jumped on my back!  My mini Antarctic Cruise review is complete posting pictures and video soon!

Happy New Year

 

 

 

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Butterflydiary January 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

This is seriously incredible! I would never be brave enough to go there because of the temperatures, but sounds like you really were warm. Congrats…can’t wait to see your posts and series…

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WanderingTrader January 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Got some great video it was an epic adventure!! Def will keep you posted :-)

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Dustin Main January 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Looking at your trip itinerary, I guess we hit some different places. We actually had 2 continental landings (9 total) on our trip, and you stopped at a couple places that we didn’t. I need to get some photos and perhaps (but not likely) a writeup soon…

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WanderingTrader January 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Would love to check those out, you guys had incredible weather woah!! We had a total of 8 landings and there was one we couldn’t go to because of the weather.. looking forward to the pics!

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Nomadic Matt January 6, 2011 at 12:46 am

sounds amazing…..I can’t wait to go.

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WanderingTrader January 6, 2011 at 2:31 am

Wait until you see the pics, ironically enough I went on a Gap Adventures Cruise.. lol

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Magda @Destination WorlD January 6, 2011 at 1:32 am

Can’t wait to see the photos! Please don’t make us wait too long :)

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WanderingTrader January 6, 2011 at 2:31 am

LOL dont worry I wont magda.. def get those up soon, I plan on actually getting those out first

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GlobalButterfly January 6, 2011 at 2:20 am

Prospero Ano Nuevo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Felicidades! Que gran aventura!

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WanderingTrader January 6, 2011 at 2:45 am

A vos tbn! :P

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Brett January 6, 2011 at 2:36 am

Wow, amazing trip! Definitely one of the top 10 on our bucket list! Can’t wait to see the photos!

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WanderingTrader January 6, 2011 at 2:45 am

I have the post on how to find a cheap cruise let me know if you need the list Brett of the agencies

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Anonymous January 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Wow mate, sounds absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to read more about it and see more photos.

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WanderingTrader January 8, 2011 at 2:17 am

You have to go there.. it was indescribable.. I spent new years with the filipinos on board! lol

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MichaelRobertPowell January 7, 2011 at 1:31 am

Awesome Antarctica,. I did a very similar trip; January was very sunny back in 2003. Drinking whiskey & iceberg for New Years Eve.

the candy trail … a nomad across the planet, since 1988

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Sankara Subramanian C January 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This is like a dream come true for me. I am in the midst of collecting data for my own Antartica trip and your blog is like a god send. Can’t wait to see the photographs and write-ups. You have one big fan in me.

Keep traveling, trading and writing. Cheers!

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WanderingTrader January 8, 2011 at 2:16 am

coming right up!

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WanderingTrader January 8, 2011 at 2:18 am

thanks I appreciate it :-)

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WanderingTrader August 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

You will have a trip of a lifetime! Have a great time

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Christina M June 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

We just saw a show of a cruise that takes passengers to Antarctica – we want to go so bad now!

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Marcello June 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

It was amazing.. something that is very unique. If you can’t afford to go check out this post Christina about where you should go if you can’t afford antarctica:

http://wanderingtrader.com/2011/01/20/where-you-should-go-if-you-cant-afford-antarctica/

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The Travel Sisters March 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Sounds like a great trip. Antarctica was one of our favorite trips. Hoping to go back someday!

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