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Cruise Antarctica!
Fine Living

by Katie F. Kearney


Start planning your trip now to lie awake with the sun until 1 a.m., taking in views of majestic glaciers and penguin colonies.

No wimps allowed on voyages across the Drake Passage so pack your Wellingtons but leave the whining at home. Boats shove off from Ushuaia, Argentina, any time from mid-November to early March.

Facts about Antarctica:
· If Antarctica's ice sheets melted, the world's oceans would rise by 200 to 210 feet — everywhere.
· Icebergs are made of freshwater ice and not of frozen seawater.
· The cold and dry conditions in the dry valleys region of Antarctica are so close to those on Mars that NASA did testing there for the Viking mission. It has not rained in the dry valleys for at least 2 million years.
-- CoolAntarctica.com

Why Cruise Antarctica?:
· "Our family of four shared a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience, seeing icebergs, seals, seabirds, whales, and penguins in huge numbers in an unspoiled environment."
– Ted Kaye, Portland, Ore.
· "I was there in December, which is the summer down there, and I took the Peregrine extended tour to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula — three of the most incredible areas for wildlife. The most amazing experience was landing on the Salisbury Plains on the South Georgia Islands and wandering among 300,000 King Penguins. The penguins were beautiful — black, white, orange and yellow feathers — and they were immaculately groomed. It's quite an impact on the senses.... speaking of which, don't forget your Wellingtons as you will trudge through piles of guano!"
– Annette Wells, Incline Village, Nev.

Cruise Lines:
With the right packing list in your kit, and the right tour operator, you'll have the trip of a lifetime! Enter to win an Antarctica Cruise from Adventure Center or give one of these groups a call:
· ExpeditionTrips.com
· PeregrineAdventures.com
· AdventureAssociates.com
– Passport Newsletter

Books:
· South: The Endurance Expedition
by Ernest Henry Shackleton, Frank Hurley (Photographer)
· South with Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917
by Frank Hurley