UAE travel enthusiasts eager to explore Antarctica

Aug 03 2017

Antarctica is slowly emerging as one of the most sought after destinations for UAE’s cruise travellers, who are always on the search for something exotic and different. To address the needs of the UAE travellers, ‘The Q Experiences’ has announced a trip to Antarctica on a luxury cruise. Starting on December 9, 2017, an 11-day curated trip will begin its expedition to the exotic ice crowned continent- Antarctica.

Speaking about this journey, Vasim Shaikh, Founder of the India headquartered, Q Experiences said, “We have received tremendous response for this remarkable trip from GCC countries. At Q, it is our constant endeavour to create memories that last for a lifetime for all our travellers; we are keen on creating a similar experience for our Gulf travellers as well, and we are hopeful to see more travellers from this region to join us in this trip of a lifetime”.

“It is the first time such a curated journey to Antarctica is being promoted in the GCC region. Since the number of travellers from this region has been negligible over the last few years, The Q wanted to bring this journey to the luxury travellers of GCC who are globe trotters and have been waiting to step foot on the seventh continent. We have put together the most refined way to explore the wilderness of Antarctic Peninsula with a superlative culinary experience,” added Shaikh.

Starting off from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the luxury cruise trip promises to create an experience of a lifetime and will take travellers across ‘Drake Passage’ into the Land of Ice. The travellers would be on board “The Great Majestic Explorer” – a sleek, gorgeous yacht, which would have 132 elegant staterooms and suites. To ensure a superior gastronomic experience to the travellers, Mr. Atul Kochhar, renowned Indian Michelin-starred chef will be on board curating the finest of Indian regional cuisine. In addition, the team of a catering centre of excellence run by Alain Ducasse Enterprise will also be on board to enhance the global cuisine.

The travellers will be cruising through some of the most breathtaking glaciers of Neko Bay and Paradise bay, anchoring at Port Lockroy, finally sailing to the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins at Deception Island and visit the quietest place on earth- the majestic Weddell Sea, and at every step of the way, there would be experts to guide the travellers and show the sights one had only dreamt of. Travel enthusiasts can also watch the mysterious stories unfold at www.thewhitecontinent.com.

Marching towards Port Charcot & Port Lockroy on Day 5 and 6, travellers will explore the stunning ice-covered rocks and home to the kelp gull-a haven for the avid wildlife enthusiast. The port has a museum, little store and post office from where one can send a postcard to their friends and family.

On the seventh day the travellers will be exploring ‘Deception Island’ -a place steeped in history and home to the largest colony of ‘Chinstrap Penguins’ in the Antarctic peninsula. The travellers will witness a breathtaking sight of over 100,000 pairs of penguins and play along with serenity of Elephant seals and Fur seals. On the very next day they will be sailing through the quietest places on earth- The Weddell Sea. Travellers will get a chance to actually sight- The Lord of The Weddell Sea- The Weddell Seal himself.

“During the last three days of the journey, the travellers will hit the land, crossing the Drake Passage once more, making their way back to Ushuaia and civilization. The ship will dock on the last day and the journey to majestic White Continent will thereby come to an end,” concluded Shaikh.