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Antarctic and Arctic Cruises - A Typical Day on a Small Cruise Ship

October 16, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 187

Taking a smaller Polar cruise ship expedition is infinitely preferable to choosing a large and more restricted cruise ship. The friendly intimacy with the other passengers and the camaraderie and access to the professional guides, lecturers and specialists who are part of the on-board team are just some of the reasons which make these trips so uniquely memorable.

Imagine waking up in your comfy cabin and opening the curtains on another beautiful vista. There is excitement at the start of each new day as everyone is eager to bound out of bed and head for breakfast and get back out into the wild. Already briefed on the location and activities, after a big hearty breakfast, it's time to explore the new location.

Dress warmly with plenty of layers and pick up the essentials: camera, sun glasses, video camera, binoculars and perhaps a spotter's guide if you are looking at birds. The small zodiac boats will be lowered and the parties will be shuttled ashore. Walking on the snowy surface is an acquired skill, particularly if there is a gradient but you'll soon get the hang of it. You'll hear plenty of laughter as you scramble up snow-covered slopes to get good photographs and a closer look at the local wildlife.

The zodiac inflatables are a comfortable way to travel. They easily dodge the floating ice and cut through the water channels, lined by impressive cliffs of white ice. Head out between the uninhabited islands to see glaciers, ice flows and the panorama of wind-sculpted icecaps. You are always on the alert for wildlife sightings, a whiskered nose cutting a wake through the water, a movement on the snow of a lumbering polar bear or an Arctic fox quick-stepping along the ice edge.

Lunch is served back at the ship, where a feast of hot and cold food is laid out for you to help yourself. The afternoon may be more excursions or activities. Some cruises may offer the opportunity to take a guided ice walk led by one of the expert guides; enjoy a quiet walk-about or a thrilling trip to a glacier. Take a kayak out and explore the bays at ground level or soar high above the area with a helicopter tour. Back at the ship, lectures, slides and film shows may be presented by the on-board specialists to prepare and educate passengers to the amazing geology and wildlife of the area. Join in the interesting discussions and debates which follow afterwards.

Help yourself to a hot drink and relax in a chair with one of the coffee table books of beautiful photographs, play cards with new friends or relax amidst the quiet hum of conversation in the bar. Dinner is served in style and fills the evening as a great menu of different courses is a pleasure in itself. Chat with table companions and share the day's experiences before going your separate ways to the bar, head up on deck to enjoy the view, email your friends and family back home or retire to the comforts of your cabin again. Remember if you are in the Arctic the sun will still be shining! In Antarctica you will enjoy long bright summertime evenings.

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Tom McManamon

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