The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET ANTARCTICA - CE­LESTE MITCHELL

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.

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