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Following in Shackleton’s footsteps is high on the bucket list of many an intrepid traveller and 2019 will be an exciting year for Antarctic expeditions. Margot Knispel from Main Beach Travel, Gold Coast, (mainbeachtravel.com.au) says there’s more demand than ever for Antarctica – as travellers rush to experience the planet’s last true wilderness – but also more supply.
And there is good news for those who dread the infamous Drake Passage crossing. “There are now packages where you can fly and land there and cruise and then fly back,” Margot says. “But if you can do the Drake Passage, I think everyone should do it at least once in their lives … it’s part of the expedition experience . You’re going somewhere difficult to get to, what adventure is all about.”
When Scenic Eclipse sails in Antarctica in November 2019, guests can dive in the six-guest submarine and take to the skies in helicopters to see wildlife trekking across the ice floes.
In January 2020, Abercrombie & Kent will launch a special voyage to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, including a behindthe-scenes visit to Palmer Station.