Antarctica is not a traditional travel destination, and this is not your typical Antarctic cruise. The White Continent is a powerful place, and a journey there will change your life forever. For it is in this world devoid of human sounds, where only the wild cries of birds, seals, and whales echo across a vast expanse of land and seas, that even the most seasoned traveller becomes humbled by a return to nature. Immersed in Antarctica’s primeval beauty is the perfect place to reflect on man’s relationship with the environment and how to restore its balance. That is why PONANT has invited two renowned New York Times science contributors on board this expedition cruise to initiate a larger conversation on polar environments and climate change. Henry Fountain and James Gorman, who together have over four decades’ experience writing and reporting for the Times, will be your erudite guides to the spectacular, other-worldly landscapes you will view from the decks of
L’Austral and the ice and fauna you will meet on daily Zodiac excursions and hikes ashore. Once you come face-to-face with Antarctica’s fragile environment, the peril it currently faces will no longer be abstract - it will have become personal. Just ten days spent exploring this final frontier creates a permanent shift in one’s perspective, and you are guaranteed to return home with a renewed dedication to solving one of the greatest challenges of our time. JOIN OUR SPECIAL GROUP FOR THIS EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!