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Travel Articles: Cruise
Our Alaska Small Ship Adventure
We spent over a week in Alaska going from Sitka to Juneau. Lots of kayaking, icebergs, bears, and so many whales! An incredible group of people aboard ship. They call this a small ship cruise, but it was so much more of an adventure than cruise!
Wildside of Alaska Travel
Alaska's animals will be the stars of the show during your visit! Several species of bears and moose dominate the landscape, while seals and seabirds inhabit the coastlines. Whale watching is a major attraction, and you may even get a lucky glimpse of playful sea otters. Prepare yourself for a WILD experience!
Flat Stanley Visits Antarctica with Adventure Life
Flat Stanley: The ingenious little international phenomenon that encourages school children to expand their geography know-how and explore the world... arrived on my Missoula, Montana doorstep at the end of October, via US Post. He came compliments of my darling 6-year-old cousin, Evan, from Olive Branch, MS. The timing was perfect -- I was only …
Adventure Life traveler, Laurie Allread, explains why Antarctica beckons her return . . .
Preparing to return to Antarctica for a fourth visit, Adventure Life traveler, Laurie Allread, explains a little about why Antarctica continues to beckon her return again ... and again. Laurie will be joining us on the Kapitan Khlebnikov's Ross Sea Centennial Voyage. This is the final season the Kapitan is taking travelers to the polar regions -- …
Sullivan Packs for Antarctica
Have you ever thought of what would be in your suitcase if you were leaving for an Antarctica expedition? Even to the most seasoned traveler, packing for such a journey seems daunting. Trip Planner, Sullivan, takes on this task for her own adventure on the White Continent! You can get a behind-the-scenes look at her packing process here.
On Toward the Falklands
Yesterday's attempt at the Shetland Islands was a bust, again due to weather. Winds were blowing hard, and word was that all the ships in the area that had planned similar visits canceled their trips as well. This meant that we immediately turned toward the Falkland Islands and have now been at sea for over 36 hours. Expected land arrival is …
Greetings from Antarctica
Good morning great Adventure Life friends!!!
Just a quick note to let you all know that we have fallen in deep deep love with Antarctica. I will fill you in on all the details when we get back, but let's just say ... spectacular. Here's a bit of our checklist: kayaking through icebergs, camping on the continent, humpback whales, albatross, …
Four hours to go to board the ship! Passengers are gathering in the hotel bar and conversation is lively as we wait the final hours for our Antarctica cruise to begin. By this evening, we'll be cruising down the beagle channel and out to the Drake Passage crossing. Weather report is calling for a mild crossing - which bums me a bit, as I am hoping …
Featured Trip: Great Lakes Cruise
North America's Great Lakes live up to their name. For centuries, these five incredible bodies of fresh-water have played a major role in the exploration and trade expansion of the United States and Canada. Although they are called lakes, they are rather inland seas that makeup one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water. Their shores are rich …
Winner of our Trip Journal Contest: Nancy Golden Shares Her Antarctica Adventures!
Once again our annual Trip Journal Contest has come to an end and I am happy to announce the winner is Nancy Golden. Nancy joined us for an epic 22-day Antarctica cruise including the Falklands, South Georgia. She shares details of her first landing on the Falkland Islands.
The 2 km hike was refreshing after a day or two at sea, but the payoff …
Antarctica for Two Sweepstakes. Enter now!
Sweepstakes is now closed. Stay tuned as we announce the lucky winner!
It's not easy to get to one of the most isolated places on the planet -- but we're making it easier than ever to make an Antarctica adventure happen for polar travelers with our Antarctica for Two Sweepstakes! Enter now for a chance to win $20,000 dollars to take you and a …
Conde Nast Traveler Features Adventure Life Favorites in Best Cruises Issue
On stands now is Conde Nast Traveler's Cruise Guide, highlighting some of the best ships and itineraries in the cruising world -- from the resurrection of European River Cruising and unique itineraries never offered before to great options in the world of small ship cruises -- something Adventure Life knows a thing or two about... Conde Nast does …
Early Season Antarctica Travel: A Great Time to Go!
When deciding when to visit Antarctica, time of year does make a difference, but deciding which time of year is "best" depends on what you are looking at getting out of your Antarctica adventure. Specific wildlife sightings - mating season - new hatchlings - weather - icescapes - mud - penguins poo smell at its worst/best...? While January is …
Christmas Markets in Europe
If you enjoy stocking up on great gifts for mom and dad during the holiday season, then a Europe river cruise option is available that allows you to explore various Christmas Markets in Europe on an 8 day cruise. Let us help you this year with some great gift ideas! Enjoy a week of shopping in Europe on a great holiday vacation getaway. Trip …
Great Antarctica Discount. Book by Sept. 30th, 2010
Book by September 30, 2010 to save 30% off an 11-day polar voyage onboard the Antarctic Dream. This discount applies to the November 7, 2010 departure. Here's a beautiful clip of an Antarctic Dream expedition to give you an idea of what you might expect during a trip to the Great White Continent. Click here for details on the expedition and …
Polar Icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov, to Retire
That's right -- one of the only passenger icebreakers in operation -- the Kapitan Khelbnikov -- has announced it will end its career as an expedition vessel in March 2012. The Kapitan Khelbnikov was built in Finland in 1981, and was originally designed for the rigors of northern Siberia. The ship has sailed to extremely remote corners of the globe …
Journal Contest Winners Announced!
Adventure Life's first journal contest has come to a close. From the Pacuare Turtle Reserve in Costa Rica, to kayaking in the remote Amazon Basin, the submissions are terrific -- competition was tough and selecting our winners was no easy task.
Winner of our Best Journal contest is Wayne Ng for his entry, Epiphanies in Ecuador and the Galapagos. …
Neil Armstrong Joins Antarctica Voyage
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, and Neil Armstrong's curiosity and sense of adventure is now taking him to Antarctica. And how fitting for the legendary astronaut to turn his attention to Antarctica; the great white continent has frequently been described as alien and out-of-this-world. Neil will be boarding the …
Regulation Changes in Antarctica Travel?
Travel to Antarctica has always been for those eager to explore the very end of the world. Unfortunately, as the location has been ‘discovered’, more and more cruise ships are making this their destination. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators says visits have risen from 6,700 in the 1992-93 season to 45,213 in 2008-09. …
Antarctic Artifact found after 100 Years
I’ll admit I’ve occasionally been skeptical of the idea of expedition cruising. Sure, you’re traveling to Antarctica or the depths of the Amazon rainforest, but it’s highly unlikely you’re going to get stuck in pack ice like Ernest Shackleton or disappear into the jungle in search of a lost city of gold. And when one past passenger asked …
"Welcome Ladies and Gents for your grand adventure aboard the SS Legacy!" Our journey had begun and it appeared there would not be a dull moment onboard as the Heritage Team introduced themselves. Their goal: to make the Alaska Gold Rush come alive for us again. My sister and I had just arrive from Seattle that morning to Juneau. We …
Fun on the Sea Adventurer!
Our Arctic cruise itinerary has been flexible, adjusting due to rapidly changing ice conditions. We end up with a couple of extra days at sea as we navigate the ice filled waters of the Davis Strait. Our onboard staff seem to have a limitless host of activities to keep us entertained. For Canada Day, they host an onboard marathon, complete with 26 …
Whale Watching in the Davis Strait
I'm talking with our Arctic cruise expedition leader at the bridge, curious about our progress across the Davis Strait from Greenland to Canada. Suddenly one of my fellow passengers shouts "whale, 1 o'clock". I push open the door and shout for the kids. A second whale breaches at 2 o'clock, followed by several others. Within …
The Arctic Adventure Continues in Sisimiut
This morning we stop in Sisimiut, a picturesque village of colorful homes scattered on the hillside over the town. We walk around the town and visit the sled dogs that are housed just outside the town. I stop by the post office and spend a small fortune ($15) for two postcards and stamps. This afternoon we visit a mostly abandoned fishing …
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