Antarc­tica call­ing!

A 11-day trip to the South Pole to an ice-crowned con­ti­nent in De­cem­ber sounds like an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time!

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Aruna Rathod

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.

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