The Q Experiences Announces First Ever Luxury Trip to Antarctica
The Q Experiences, a luxury travel company, recently announced a 11 day trip to the most exotic, unique and ice crowned continent – Antarctica. Starting off from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and the southernmost city in the world – on the 9th of December 2017 – the 11 day trip promises to create an experience of a lifetime and will take the 200 travelers into the White Continent.
The travellers will be cruising through some of the most breathtaking glaciers of Neko Bay & Paradise bay, anchoring at Port Lockroy, finally sailing to the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins at Deception Island and visit the quietest place on earth- the majestic Weddell Sea , and at every step of the way, there would be experts to guide the travelers and show the sights one had only dreamt of.
Speaking about the uniqueness of the expedition, Vasim Shaikh, Founder of The Q Experiences said, “At The Q, we are storytellers, where we weave a cumulative story of experiences that would make the best memory for our traveler. Curated Journeys are constant endeavor at The Q. With the launch of ‘The White Continent’, we aspire to take luxury travel to unsurpassed heights and focus on rare destinations that Indians are yet to explore”.
The travelers would be on board “The Great Majestic Explorer” – a sleek, gorgeous yacht flying the Flag of India, 460 feet of utter luxury, which would have 132 elegant staterooms and suites, complete with French interiors designed by the French interior designer – Jean Philippe Nuel.
To ensure a superior gastronomic experience to the travellers, Atul Kochhar, a Michelin-starred chef, will be on board curating the finest of Indian regional cuisine. In addition, the team of a catering centre of excellence run by Alain Ducasse Enterprise will also be on board to enhance the global cuisine. Buffets each day will be of a different theme.
Drake Passage, the 800-kilometre wide passage between Cape Horn and Livingston Island, is the shortest crossing from Antarctica to any other landmass.
There is no significant land anywhere around the world at the latitudes of Drake Passage, which is important to the unimpeded flow of the Antarctic Circumpolar. Ships sailing through this passage can have great sighting platform to watch whales, dolphins and seabirds including giant petrels and other petrels, albatrosses and penguins.
5 Unknown facts about visiting Antarctica
• Its freezing cold in Antarctica the year round, the coldest temperature ever recorded on the Antarctic was minus 89 degrees Celsius!
• Nobody lives in Antarctica. In January 1979, Emile Marco Palma became the first human to be born on Antarctica. Since then, only ten other people have been born on the continent.
• Antarctica is only accessible by small sailing boats or motor vessel; no more than 100 people can land on the Antarctic Peninsula at any given point of time.
• There are no time zones in Antarctica, hence it’s always zero o’ clock in Antarctica.
• During the summer months, experience 24 hours of daylight. In December, when the ship starts to sail, it will be summer in Antarctica