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Antarctica, prior to 1820 was known as 'the Lost Continent', its existence being only speculation. It eluded even the greatest explorer/navigator of his or any other day- James Cook. In 1768, though not yet a captain, Cook was appointed leader by the Royal Navy of a scientific expedition to Tahiti to observe a solar eclipse by Venus. This was successfully achieved aboard the tiny 'Endeavor' but Cook had secret orders to seek a southern continent geographers had long believed kept the world in balance.

Those relative few with experience in these waters know very well how clouds & mists blend with glaciers & ice-bergs until solid land is virtually impossible to discern. Some of them believe that Cook may well have been the first to see the mainland - without knowing it. His accounts of rich sea-life brought whalers en masse & any one of these too could well have been the first to find the 'Lost Continent'.

It was 50 years before Russian explorer Thaddeus Von Bellingshausen was appointed by the Czar to sail further south than Cook & he was even more likely to have seen the continent without knowing it. However he later sailed into the giant breached volcanic crater of Deception Island & discovered -to his amazement & chagrin -dozens of American & British whalers comfortably at anchor. From a high & windy notch on the crater rim, the mainland was pointed out to him by Nathaniel Palmer - a young whaler from Connecticut. He was forced to concede to the youngster the questionable claim to a first sighting of Antarctica.

The British firmly believe it was their intrepid Captain Edward Bransfield who sighted the north-west Peninsula on Jan 30th 1820. The first sighting of the mainland for todays passengers going south may well be here, or at the popular first stop of Deception Island. Here you may see the Antarctic mainland from the same high windy notch where Palmer stood. On a possible second Deception Island landing, wear your swimsuit & you may well be treated to a surprise dip (yes in Antarctica!)in the volcanically heated sea-water of the lagoon.

Antarctica has now become considerably easier to access & we invite you to come join experienced crews & staff of lecturer/guide/specialists & thrill to the "once-in-a-lifetime" sights & sounds of the Last Continent.

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Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise
7 Days / 7 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $11395 Per Person Double Occupancy
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Ocean NovaFly from Punta Arenas, Chile aboard our new BAe 146-200 and cruise Antarctica aboard the Ocean Nova.

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Antarctica Express Air Cruise
5 Days / 8 locations in Chile, Antarctica, South Shetland, and Argentina
From $4595 Per Person Double Occupancy
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Ocean NovaLeaving from Ushuaia, sailing though the Beagle Channel, exploring Cape Horn and crossing the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, we invite you to participate in a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica. You will return from King George Island on our new BAe 146-200 airplane.

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Antarctic Peninsula Aboard the Ortelius
11 Days / 5 locations in Antarctica and Chile
From $6750 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/V OrteliusThe Antarctic Peninsula offers you the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. In the southern summer large ice-free areas provide breeding grounds for very large numbers of seabirds and seals.

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Atlantic Odyssey Cruise - Ushuaia to Ascension Island
32 Days / 9 locations in Ascension Island, South Georgia, South Orkney, Antarctica, and Chile
From $10300 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V PlanciusThe Atlantic Odyssey from Antarctica to Europe takes 50 days and is a unique voyages that includes not only the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands but also seldom visited islands such as Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Ascension Island.

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Polar Circle & Antarctica Aboard the M/V Plancius
12 Days / 7 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $8800 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V PlanciusAntarctica and the sub-Antarctic Islands are some of the last truly unspoilt regions of the world. The mysterious White Continent, with its multi-coloured ice caps, glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, offers unparalleled scenery and photographic opportunities. Enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds congregate in the food-rich waters along the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic shores.

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Polar Circle & Antarctica Peninsula Aboard the Ortelius
12 Days / 6 locations in Antarctica and Chile
From $9300 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V OrteliusThe Antarctic Peninsula offers you the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. In the southern summer large ice-free areas provide breeding grounds for very large numbers of seabirds and seals.

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Falklands, S Georgia, S Sandwich, S Orkney & Antarctic
23 Days / 7 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, South Orkney, South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia, and Falkland Islands
From $11160 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V OrteliusThis is a “once in a lifetime” voyage: all islands, all “hot spots” combined in one voyage. During this unique voyage we combine the Falkland islands (Carcass and Saunders), South Georgia (famous for its Elephant Seals, King Penguins and breeding grounds of the Wandering Albatrosses) with the rarely visited and uninhabited South Sandwich Islands, home to the world’s largest Chinstrap Penguin colony (over a million breeding pairs!). The expedition will aim for a landing on the continent of Antarctica.

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South Georgia Cruise
18 Days / 1 location in South Georgia
From $9950 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V PlanciusThis trip will take place using the reverse itinerary and aboard the Ortelius on March 20, 2013.

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