There are not any Antarctica. Whalers, sealers, explorers, scientists, and vacationers have been exploring the uninhabited seventh continent since at the very least the Russians in 1820, and probably the Polynesians 1,100 years in the past.
From the primary sightings to the start of the vacationer trade within the Nineteen Fifties, annual guests could possibly be measured within the tens or tons of. That quantity elevated to greater than 38,000 within the 2015-16 season and 55,000 within the 2018-19 season.
Antarctica touring right this moment nonetheless holds nice intrigue. My travels right here and overseas have by no means generated as a lot curiosity as this expedition. A number of the curious are attempting to persuade a partner to think about it; others are attempting to get him thrown out.
Some surprise in regards to the chilly or the drake passage; others worry they’re too outdated for water landings, excessive climate, or lack of entry to medical care. A buddy needed to know what number of penguins earlier than you get bored?
We by no means get bored. We are the type of people that seize a bathrobe and run to the bridge moderately than miss sightings of a big iceberg, a pod of whales, or a chicken that could possibly be an arctic tern, on the world’s longest migration.