The Mysteries of Sailing Antarctica

If you’re like we are, you must think that sorting out the world of cruising in Antarctica is kind of like the waters of Antarctica. Turbulent. Unpredictable. Confusing. Challenging.

Consider this…

Today, a fully-booked 264-passenger vessel called Le Boréal (left) was supposed to leave Argentina to cruise the Antarctic, including the Falkland Islands. The cruise was canceled because of a broken part. In any other waterway, the repair could’ve been made in-transit. Not in Antarctica.

And this…

There are new regulations pertaining to the kind of fuel ships can carry in the Antarctica. They go into effect August 1. The big ships that most of us sail on use “heavy” fuel oil. The regulations prohibit not just burning the heavy fuel oil, but even carrying it. That means the big ships will stop going to this part of the nautical world. Not to worry, say the experts. There are plenty of smaller “expedition” ships to take you to Antarctica.

And this…

Last month, the Clelia II lost power in one engine in Antarctic waters and was tossed around like a toy boat in a bathtub with a 2-year-old. There were 88 scared passengers on board and millions of thrill-seekers watching, later, on YouTube. In 2007, an “expedition” ship called the M/S Explorer was torpedoed by Antarctic ice and sank!

Turbulent. Unpredictable. Confusing. Challenging. And scary!

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