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Here's a destination for the (ice) bucket list: Antarctica.
The most viable way to explore the South Pole is by ship. (You thought penguins were the only ones who couldn't fly down there?) Typically departing from Argentina, Chile, Australia or New Zealand during the southern hemisphere's summer months, Antarctica sailings are more aptly named expedition cruises rather than leisure cruises.
Taking place in the most inhospitable area of the world, a team of seasoned explorers transports you to a region that remains predominantly untouched by humans. Breathtaking glacial landscapes, coupled with few inhabitants (the aforementioned penguins, with the occasional scientist) make this, the fifth continent, seem otherworldly.
From your point of departure, the journey south presents astounding opportunities to witness wildlife: various types of whales, seals, sea lions and marine birds, including millions of penguins marching to breed in the sub-Antarctic islands. Along the way, experienced guides thrill you with stories of historical expeditions and educational, entertaining anecdotes.
Find your sea legs by sailing through Drake Passage, famous for having some of the world’s roughest waters, but also rife with aquatic life and opportune photographic moments. At Cape Denison, you'll be moved at seeing a piece of history literally 'frozen' in time: Sir Douglas Mawson's hut, a vestige of his famous 1911-1913 exploration. This place is so solitary that more people have stood atop Mount Everest than in Mawson's hut.
Other sites that will blow you away are the hundred grounded icebergs of Port Martin, the wildlife at the French base of Dumont d'Urville. Deception Island is a dormant volcano, but its heated volcanic soil warms up thermal waters that you can bathe in—just one of the many surprises the frozen continent has is in store for you.
Antarctica has historically drawn some of the world's great explorers; join this set and voyage into the most exclusive place on earth.
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