Popular Travel Packages for Your Antarctica Escapade
While researching Antarctica trips, you may wonder about the huge differences in among different tour providers. So why is this? There are many reasons, from quality of the ship to the company’s reputation. However, the biggest factor is obviously the tour package you choose.
Cheap Package One thing’s for certain: if a tour provider is offering you a crazy cheap, there’s probably something crazy about it. Perhaps the staff is not efficient, the ship may be very old, or your stay on the actual continent may only be for an extremely limited time. There are trips that are as cheap as USD$5000, but remember, you always get what y ou pay for.
There are lots of luxury cruise ships that go to Antarctica, and if this is the adventure you’re looking for, then you’re in luck. These ships offer every comfort you can imagine, from swimming pools to tennis courts to gourmet menus and more. Luxury Antarctic cruises may also include flight tickets to the Peninsula, which means you can skip the Drake Passage, the roughest seas in the world, if you want to. Some trips are much longer, starting from, say, Montevideo in Uruguay and ending up in Valparaiso in Chile. Expectedly, these personalized experiences can be rather expensive, even amounting to $25,000 (or more) at times! Does visiting Antarctica really have to cost you that big? Probably not as the ships are often large sizable enough to accommodate many, many travelers.
You might have heard about those decent Antarctica cruises that are well under USD$5000. These are last-minute bookings, and “last minute” means really super late. And you probably have to travel to Ushuaia and put yourself on a waiting list with some tour operators there. Should there be an opening – for instance, when people withdraw their booking – they might give you that slot. However, you might only be given a day or two’s notice, which means you could stay a week or longer in Ushuaia with no assurance of getting booked.
Like everyone else, you want a reputable and responsible Antarctica tour company, but what if you don’t have the money to pay a lot? The answer may be simply to book the ship’s cheapest cabin! You will still get the same service, guides, destinations and activities, the only difference being that your room won’t be so fancy, which is still a fab deal. You’ll be outside most of the time anyway.