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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

World Expeditions' Exclusive Antarctic Voyage with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

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Adventure travel company, World Expeditions, has launched an exclusive charter aboard the M/V Ortelius to the Antarctic Peninsula to be escorted by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in November 2019.

As well as incredible wildlife encounters for which Antarctica is so well known, this is a rare opportunity for curious minds to venture to one of Earth's most fascinating and remote corners, in the company of Dr Karl, who has been described as an answer waiting for a question.

The unique, 12-day cruise will bring plenty of opportunities to learn about the Antarctic from Dr Karl and from the expert crew of lecturers and to see abundant wildlife including Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags, leopard seals and a vast array of seabirds. There's also a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales in the sheltered bays and steep glaciers that characterise the shoreline.

As well as shore excursions on the ship's fleet of zodiacs, the voyage will also provide optional activities to explore the area by kayaking, hiking/snowshoeing and climbing, all of which are included in the trip cost - on a first-in, first served basis.

For those feeling adventurous, there'll be an option to camp on the ice and, while on board, free photographic workshops will help guests capture the natural beauty of this ice-bound land to best effect.

Dr Karl is no newcomer to the frozen continent, having travelled there in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and this will be his first time crossing from South America.

"I'm excited to explore parts of the Antarctic I haven't yet visited," Dr Karl said, "and I'm hoping to arrange a citizen science project, collecting data that will be useful for scientists."

"I was amazed on my previous visits to see my first iceberg and seeing hints of blue ice," Dr Karl says.  "It took me a long time to work out why some ice was blue, why some was white and why some was green."

"To understand the reason for the different colours, you would need to learn a little bit about atoms," he says.

As with all previous World Expeditions trips escorted by Dr Karl, places are expected to sell quickly on this exclusive, 12-day voyage, which is timed for optimal weather and wildlife conditions.  The Antarctic Cruise with Dr Karl departs Ushuaia on 24 November, 2019, with berths starting at US$7,950 per person.

For more information or to book, visit https://worldexpeditions.com or call 1300 720 000.