Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Antarctic Explorations: End of the Earth and End of Your Budget?
So how can one do it affordably? One can't.
But there are ways to shave prices considerably. Currently, the Canadian small group adventure company GAP Adventures--which made the news in 2007 when its antarctic boat hit an iceberg and sank (thankfully the crew and passengers were all saved)-- is offering travelers an excellent discount on its new ship. For the first two sailings of the season (November 7 and 18) GAP will be shaving $1000 off the regular cost of its 13 day trip, dropping the price to $3399 on the first sailing, and $4799 on the second. (The discount requires the code: early_season_ant_2011_1000). Called the "Antarctica Classic In Depth" tour, participants explore both the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Leopard seals, penguins and bragging rights are the reward.
Can't make the trip in November? Check out GAP's later sailings and those of rival operators, such as Quark Expeditions which offers 11 or 12 day expeditions starting at $4890; and Kumuka Tours which offers 11 day trips for around the same amount.