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Penguins of the Antarctic Peninsula
Albatrosses and Petrels: Southern Ocean Specialists
The immensely productive Southern Ocean supports an extraordinary diversity and abundance of marine life, particularly seabirds. The most numerous and conspicuous of the seabirds flying above these southernmost seas are the albatrosses and petrels, collectively known as “tube-nosed” seabirds. From the deck of a ship bound for Antarctica, one could spend all day watching these graceful birds wheeling just above the waves on outstretched wings. Tube-nosed seabirds are perfectly adapted to a life wandering on the wind across vast open seas, except they have not figured out how to make a nest on the water. For this, they must return to land. Once you catch a glimpse of these beautiful and majestic birds, you will want to follow them over the horizon to the place where they congregate in their millions to raise their young. Your desire will be fulfilled on a polar expedition cruise to
How to Visit the World’s Northernmost Tourist Destinations
Geographical extremes hold a great attraction for many people. Perhaps this is because we have not lost our evolutionary desire for exploration that caused us to become the most widespread animals on the surface of the planet. Or perhaps we are drawn to distant places because their remoteness allows us to feel a moment of freedom from the oppressive weight of civilization. Maybe we simply enjoy the feeling of exclusivity when we stand where very few people have stood before. Certainly, bragging rights are assumed whenever we visit a place where terms like “northernmost” are applied. Whatever your reasons for seeking out the far corners of the world, a polar cruise is a great way to achieve your geographical goals. Here are some of the northernmost places you can visit on an expedition cruise to
Seal Species Commonly Seen on an Antarctic Cruise
Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. This is the vast wilderness of the last-discovered continent: raw, pristine, fragile and uncompromisingly polar. But this part of the world has many faces, and the Southern and South Atlantic Oceans hosts several other destinations worth visiting besides the ethereal continent itself.