"The Antarctic exerts the powerful attraction of the inaccessible which leads Man to become passionately engaged. One is never the same after returning from a long stay on the white continent." Jean-Louis Etienne
For centuries the Antarctic remained like a ghost on the map of the world, yet today the “White Continent” exerts a powerful fascination. Explored by man since only 1820, this vast icy continent offers spectacular mountain scenery, the world’s biggest icebergs and an extraordinary array of wildlife: fur seals, penguins, albatrosses, sea elephants, orcas and whales in large numbers live side by side in this grandiose landscape.
Who has not dreamed of savouring that white stillness, an extraordinary spell-binding atmosphere of total serenity unequalled anywhere else on Earth. On the horizon, blocks of ice collapse into the sea forming vast icebergs of all shapes and sizes, eroded by the wind and the waves.
Most travellers sail to the Antarctic from South America. Here the crossing to Antarctica is short, the coast ice free for an extended period of time, the wildlife prolific and the scenery extraordinarily beautiful.
Ponant are world leaders in luxury polar expeditions. Featuring a beautiful young fleet of ships, open bar, gourmet dining and highly experienced expedition leaders on board. Ponant’s new 2019/20 departures are available now. Book early and receive up to 30% saving off voyages!
Introducing Aaron Russ – Antarctic Expert
We are fortunate enough to have Aaron Russ from Wild Earth as a key speaker at our Small Ship and Expedition Adventure Cruise Product Evening (details in advert below).
Aaron spent a childhood like no other travelling on small ships every holiday to the Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand and Antarctica. Since that time, with a degree in zoology and a passion for photography, he has led expeditions on over 100 small ship cruises to the world’s most interesting regions. Antarctica remains one of Aaron’s favourite destinations. Register below to come along and hear Aaron speak.
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