26 Jul 2018
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Special Offers

To the bottom of the Earth.

If you’ve never seen an iceberg or a glacier calving up close, you should. There’s still space available on a number of cruises to Antarctica aboard the luxurious Ponant fleet, one of our favorites. Here’s an offer to help you get going:

By 31 August 2018, book passage on a cruise to Antarctica aboard a Ponant ship departing in 2018 or 2019, and enjoy $1,000 per person off the fare plus a $500 per person onboard credit. (This offer does not apply to the climate change-themed cruise departing 10 December 2018.)

When planning a journey to Antarctica, there are choices to make. Shorter cruises (11 days) trace the Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible portion of land in all Antarctica.

There are islands (some historic) just off the peninsula, and scientific research stations on the mainland, many of which can be visited, ice conditions permitting. Teeming penguin rookeries await your arrival. So do pods of whales, seals of all kinds, seabirds galore…

If you can spare the time, consider a 16-day journey, which takes you to the Antarctic Peninsula as well as the Falkland Islands and the South Georgia Islands. The Falklands support a permanent population of 2,500 humans, five penguin species, and uncountable birds, seals, porpoises, and such. The South Georgias, once ravaged by the whaling industry, are now strictly protected and harbor abundant numbers king penguins, elephant seals, and other marvelous creatures. The town of Grytviken on South Georgia Island is the burial site of the intrepid polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Open staterooms aboard the Ponant small ships are expected to fill quickly. For information or to book, contact Rachel Dorsey at rdorsey@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8004.

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