Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Seven By 30: Antarctica Officially Booked
I am one step closer to making "Seven Continents By 30" a reality! I have officially put down a nonrefundable deposit and booked my Antarctica trip for November! After doing months of research I decided to go with the Ortelius Basecamp Voyage operated by the Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions. I booked through an agent in the UK called Antarctica Bound, who have been really helpful and informative through this whole process.
Going to the white continent is not cheap nor for the faint-hearted. If you are active, adventurous, and want to make the most of your expedition down south then the Ortelius Basecamp is the voyage for you. The least expensive cabin on any vessel to Antarctica, no matter what the company or ship, is at least $5500-6000 USD. This is usually for a triple or quadruple cabin with bunkbeds and they room you with random members of the same sex. Twin rooms and singles are upwards of $10,000+. Other than zodiac landings not many activities are offered on most ships, and all activities are at an additional cost -- kayaking alone is an extra whopping $895. The Ortelius and Plancius basecamp expeditions, however, include all activities in the price... kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing, overnight camping on the ice, you name it. They even offer polar scuba diving, but this requires having 20 or more logged drysuit dives and bringing your own equipment. You definitely get the most bang for your buck with this one!
Some of the other vessels might be a bit more luxurious and have a jacuzzi or spa, but when it comes to outdoor activities and spending more time with Mother Nature, the Ortelius and Plancius are unmatched! Who wants to be cooped up on the ship when you are in Antarctica, anyway?! You can bet I will be doing every single activity and making the most of my once-in-a-lifetime experience on the seventh continent. Who knows when I'll be able to go back again!