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Karen Murphy, owner operator, House of Travel Botany Junction Q. I am trying to find out about tourist accommodat­ion at Marambio, Antarctica. I have read that Lade, an Argentine airline, will begin commercial flights there this year. Where can I get more informatio­n?

Antarctica is an amazing continent that will take your breath away with its pure beauty. It will be difficult for you to find accommodat­ion in Marambio as a tourist as this is predominan­tly a research station for Argentina. However, if you wish to experience Antarctica and all it has to offer, the best way is to cruise on an expedition ship, travelling with experts and lecturers who specialise in specific areas. Most cruises depart from South America and land at the Antarctic Peninsula, often travelling around other Antarctic islands, too.

Zodiacs are used to transport guests ashore and because the numbers are limited to less than 100 passengers at any given time, you’ll be able to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat. The wildlife viewings are seasonal – between November and March – so this is an incredibly popular time to travel to Antarctica. Cruises are booked at least 12 months in advance. There are a number of expedition cruise lines so it is imperative that you work with your travel consultant to ensure the best option is recommende­d for you.

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IAIN MCGREGOR/STUFF Cruises during wildlife-viewing season are popular.

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