A 11-day trip to the South Pole to an ice-crowned continent in December sounds like an experience of a lifetime!
One of the most memorable birthdays that Vasim Shaikh, Managing Director, The Q Experiences had was in the Antarctica! Last year, the young travel enthusiast was on an expedition to this ice covered continent. On January 13th, his birthday, a beautiful surprise awaited him. An unscheduled stop in the ocean by the kind captain, a recce of a glacier by the expert team and a champagne birthday party on ice for everyone – memorable indeed!
For Shaikh, travel is an emotion. “I have always been surrounded by maps and globes. Till date I have visited 40 countries and having seen some of the most amazing cities and lived some heart-warming experiences. It is my wish to take people to these experiences,” he says with passion. After his amazing encounter with Antartica, Shaikh decided that The Q Experiences must introduce this experience to more people and he curated a 11- day trip to that frozen domain ruled by penguins, whales and seals. “From December 9th, we sail to the ice crowned continent. Only 200 people can be accommodated on the ship,” he informs. While the ship promises five-star luxury on board, the visits to the regions are packed with adventure. Shaikh adds, “We are further refining this trip to make it memorable for our clients by having an exclusive Indian menu besides global cuisine!!” To ensure a superior gastronomic experience for the travellers, Atul Kochhar Indian Michelin-starred chef will be on board curating the finest of Indian regional cuisine. In addition, the team of a catering centre of excellence run by Alain Ducasse Enterprise will also be on board to enhance the global cuisine. The buffets each day will be of a different theme.
What makes the Antarctic Region most alluring is that it is completely bereft of human habitation. “No one belongs to the Antarctic region. Just whales, a variety of seals, penguins and birds,” informs Shaikh. Known as the White Continent, the Antarctic Peninsula is covered in ice and snow, huge icebergs and an amazing range of wildlife and aquatic animals like seals, penguins, cormorants and whales.