During the dark Antarctica sea ice freezes in sheets radiating out from the continent. And when the southern-hemisphere summer months of November and December arrive, icemaster captains with an abundance of experience and a ship with a sufficiently rated ice-class hull can actually “park” here—by pulling up to sheets of sea ice thick enough to drive a tank on. Ship passengers can stroll down a gangplank and onto the frozen sea, for what may well be their once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk on water. This is only possible when the ship carries fewer than 500 travelers, since larger-capacity ships are limited to “cruise bys” under new Antarctic travel requirements.
Traveling to Antarctica—literally the end of the earth—requires weeks of travel and lots of preparation. The crew and guides that lead Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Antarctica journeys make sure you arrive at this singular destination with a crew and ship that are fully prepared.