“The amount of wildlife and the close proximity that I got to them amazed me and it is something that should be experienced by everyone. Seeing a dangerous Leopard Seal right next to the Zodiac was quite special.”
- Name: Pam
- Destination: Antarctic Peninsula
- Expedition Vessel: Polar Pioneer
- Itinerary Name: Christmas in Antarctica
- Month of Travel: December
- Length of voyage: 12 Days
3 words that best describe the way you love to travel? Culturally immersed out-there
I have always read magazines and loved to travel. I wanted to climb a mountain as well as kayaking in the Antarctic as it interested my sense of adventure.
In particular, I wanted to travel on an Ice Breaker. There was certainly appeal to have a culturally diverse Russian Crew. The safety record of the ship was important and the Polar Pioneer certainly met all of the requirements. The trip included sea kayaking and ice camping which were a drawcard for me.
The highlight though were the animals. As this is an expedition there is little way to predict the amount and type of wildlife. I had levelled my perception from reading the responses of previous travellers. The amount of wildlife and the close proximity that I got to them amazed me and it is something that should be experienced by everyone. Seeing a dangerous Leopard Seal right next to the Zodiac was quite special.
I also found it fabulous to listen to the stories from others as we shared Zodiac trips or ate together. The staff and expedition team were always ready to share their stories and nothing was considered a ‘dumb’ question. The transparent nature of the trip allowed free movement in and out of the wheel-house. Overall sharing was easy as everyone was like-minded and caring.
I would recommend the trip as an affordable and safe option to see a unique part of the world. The add on’s allow for individuals to tailor the expedition to their needs. There is nothing I would change about my expedition and feel it was value for money.
I fulfilled my dream – I climbed a mountain and sat on top amidst the snow and ice and wondered what lay below. On one side it was straight to the water and the other side was a crevasse. I was up to my waist in snow. It has inspired me to learn more about the region.