Category archives: Antarctica

United Nations Court Ends Japan's Antarctic Whaling Program

Image credit: Australian Parliament The UN International Court of Justice (IJC) has ordered Japan to stop hunting minke, fin and humpback whales in the Antarctic, ruling that the practice was not for the benefit of science. The March 31, 2014, decision has already resulted in Japan’s issuing a statement that though they find the ruling disappointing, they will abide by the judgment of the court. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary added, [...]

Luxury Antarctic Expeditions: Adventure Cruising in Comfort

Not all that long ago, expeditions were undertaken by only the hardiest of travelers. If you were among the adventurous determined to travel to the farthest, most remote corners of the world, you could expect camp accommodations, little to no communication with the outside world, and months of planning in advance. For Antarctic travelers, it was a small price to pay for the experience of a lifetime; to view wildlife [...]

Filming The Mysterious 7th Continent

Rhonda and Tony Wannamaker, members of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers,  are a husband and wife film team. Rhonda is a Producer/Sound Recordist and Tony is a Cinematographer/Director. During the month of November 2013, the filmmakers were in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica working on a documentary about tourism and following in the footsteps of the great heroic Polar explorers, Capt. Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.  Below is a blog [...]

We Hope You Had The Time of Your Life

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: The leopard seal darts around our zodiac with finesse and curiosity. It twists, turns and tosses about, keeping us guessing where, after each dive, it might surface again. There it is, at our stern, its large triangular head and thick muscular neck perched well above the water’s surface as [...]

Life is a Penguin Highway

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: Looking out from the Sea Spirit towards landfall, the shorelines and slopes all around us look pristine and untouched. Everything is ice and snow-covered, the Transantarctic Mountains tower overhead, icebergs glisten in crystal clear water and silence hangs in the air. The Antarctic Peninsula appears spotless, deserted and empty. [...]

Myths of Traveling to Antarctica by Marybeth Bond

Our friends and colleagues plagued us with questions before we left. Won’t you be cold, bored, unsafe and sea sick? I admit, I too had some concerns but none of them proved true. Cold? I was never cold and we were exposed to the ferocious winds and weather when we climbed a volcano in the snow, rode zodiacs around icebergs and kayaked through thin ice.  We also had sunny, calm [...]

Stepping Back into Polar History

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: What would it be like to live in Antarctica for a year or more? Could you survive the isolation, dark and cold? What would you miss most from home? What might you learn about yourself in that time? These were some of the questions we asked ourselves and [...]

Antarctic Circle: a voyage fit for a king

Below is a voyage update from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is currently aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: “Those who come seeking permission to cross the Antarctic Circle and enter into Neptune’s waters come forward now and kneel before the King!” This is the brute and booming proclamation that confronts us as we anxiously await our initiation… It is February 20th and the Sea [...]

Voyage update: Throwing the Lines & Embarking on Adventure

Below is a voyage update from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is currently aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: At 5pm, the Oceanus Lounge hums with the collective energy and anticipation of 110 intrepid travelers embarking on their dream adventure – a voyage to the Antarctic Circle. Following warm words of welcome from Quark’s expedition team and the crew of the M/V Sea Spirit, Expedition [...]

Crossing the Circle: voyage update

Below is an insightful update from Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood.  David is leading Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: 19 January 2014 We closed quickly in on the Antarctic Circle after crossing a kind Drake Passage. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., the ship was woken to celebrate the crossing; everyone gathered to toast the Circle – some in pajamas supplemented with jackets others in full expedition garb. Watchers were rewarded with [...]