Whenever I hear about Antarctica, I feel amazed and pulled. Being an avid traveler and having travelled to offbeat and places with normally unbearable climatic conditions, Antarctica and Alaska has long been on my wish list. But unfortunately these wishes have not been fulfilled till now. So when I heard about this press con about The Q Experiences organizing a cruise to the Antarctica, I took a half day leave and went ahead to listen about the proposed trip.
You see, Travel is not just about visiting a place; it’s about exploring different parts of the world and living through an experience, which makes for a great story.
The Q Experiences, an Indian luxury travel company is organising an exclusive for 200 people only, an 11 day trip to the most exotic, unique and ice crowned continent- Antarctica, also rightly known as The White Continent. 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 across the temperamental Drake Passage** and into the Land of Ice. Watch the mysterious stories unfold at www.thewhitecontinent.com
The travelers 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, Mr.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, Mr. Atul Kochhar Indian 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.
The Day Wise Brief Itinerary can be found on the website of The Q Experiences.
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
About Q Experiences:
The Q Experiences, also rightly known as the storytellers, design handcrafted luxury journeys to rare locations. They have already had the privilege of catering to some of the most distinguished personalities in India. With the leadership team having more than 50 years of combined yet differentiated experience in various segments within the leisure, travel & tourism industry. At The Q, they weave personalized travel stories where your imagination is your only limitation. They believe that no two itineraries can ever be the same, which is why their team of specialists customizes unique travel experiences for each one essentially leading to our brand message of ‘Luxury Travel Reimagined’. The company was founded in 2012.
Think soaking in the hot-water springs of frozen highlands in Nordic Island of Iceland, exploring Botswana’s lush Okavango delta or taking in the surreal landscape of Patagonia in South America on horseback, a journey into the surreally beautiful coastal desert of Namibia in Africa, visiting Churchill the land of Polar Bears and Beluga Whales in Canada or a country in a wineglass in Europe. While they hope to engage you with one of these travel stories, they would like to know your choice of destination for this year and allow them to handcraft an experience for ‘YOU’.