Your icebreaker ship, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore – the North Pole! Crushing through multi-year pack ice, the journey can take as long as a week, which only helps to heighten the level of excitement. Celebrate with champagne upon your arrival and soar high above the entire Earth on an optional hot air balloon ride.
Join us on this amazing voyage to 90°N aboard 50 Years of Victory.
Sitting down in the snow and having little penguins waddle up to me and climb into my lap - that was precious. The true highlight was having a humpback whale swim right up to the side of our zodiac boat. He swim under us, around us, spyhoped and dove down exposing his fluke for us and played with us for over an hour...that was amazing and once in a lifetime experience!
Each day was a highlight once arriving in Antarctica, but the Zodiac excursions amongst the icebergs, seals and penguins were thrilling. We had a bit of an adventure when our Zodiac engine died, a katabatic wind pushed us into the pack ice requiring ropes, paddles and scrambling over rocks to get to a working zodiac... Staff was very professional and serious about the matter, but it was fun.
I can not recommend this trip, and Quark, highly enough! I have been on a 19 month 'round the world odyssey (still going!) and my Antarctic trip has been, and will be, my most amazing and memorable experience! Out of many, many wonderful experiences, the highlight would have to be the afternoon known as "whale soup". We saw so many whales that day, including one humpback that was showing off just for us, breaching, rolling over and diving right under our zodiac. truly jaw-dropping!!