Roy and Mary Ann have traveled with Africa Adventure Consultants (AAC) many times, visiting a wide variety of destinations including Botswana, India, Israel, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and more. One of their adventures took them to Antarctica via South America. They got a taste of South America with stops in Rio, Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, before setting off by ship to explore the world’s final frontier – Antarctica!
On their 11-day Antarctic cruise, Roy and Mary Ann had incredible experiences with wildlife, took in jaw-dropping scenery and explored the country’s icy expanses, all while learning about the continent’s natural wonders and enjoying fantastic food and service.
Some of their highlights included…
Their top travel tips for visiting Antarctica…
- Clothing – The ship is very casual – no dressy clothes necessary. It is possible to rent cold weather gear (parka, waterproof pants, backpack, etc.), so you don’t have to pack a huge amount of clothing. Also – bring a pair of sweatpants/exercise pants – you will want something comfortable that moves with you under the waterproof pants.
- Upgraded cabin – Roy and Mary Ann advise that travelers spend the extra money for a larger room higher up on the ship – it’s worth the cost. It helps to avoid sea sickness, the rooms are quieter and you have a few portholes for views.
- Food – The boat’s crew said to keep something in your stomach – snack throughout the day (which is easy with snacks available all day along with delicious meals). It helps avoid seasickness. They had no problems with seasickness, and an onboard doctor ensured any guests who did have any problems were treated and provided with medication to resolve further issues.
- Before you go – They suggest that if you’re planning to visit the continent, watch Planet Earth BBC in advance of your trip to get an idea of what you’ll see. You’ll have an even better appreciation of it all.
- On the way – The port of departure is Ushuaia, Argentina – Roy and Mary Ann advise to plan a few extra days exploring Patagonia before setting off for Antarctica.
Because of their extensive travel with AAC, they are members of our Livingstone Club and Tanzanite Circle. Click here to read more about these great loyalty programs.
All photos courtesy Tanzanite Circle members Roy and Mary Ann W.