Looking for Captain Cook: Penguins, Icebergs, and a World Famous Explorer

Emperor Penguin and passenger

Emperor Penguin and passenger

By Sharon Spence Lieb

Drake Passage, off the coast of Argentina—"Ladies and gentlemen," Captain Oliver announces, " there will be no Welcome Party tonight. My apologies for the rough seas. We will reschedule when everyone feels better." Our ship has left Ushuaia Argentina, nicknamed "End of the World" for good reason. We'd hoped to celebrate our first night enroute to Antarctica. But the Drake Passage has other plans. High winds and forty-foot waves force us into our cabins. Our dinner: bonine, dramamine, and scopolamine. As our ship pitches and rolls like a bathtub toy, we fall into bed. In the empty dining room, china crashes to the floor.

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The White Desert, White Lion Package

Antarctica Whichaway Camp

Antarctica Whichaway Camp

Viewing the big five in Africa and in the same week trekking through the mountains in Antarctica don’t exactly seem to go hand in hand when planning a vacation. But push any doubts aside, because the Mantis Collection is offering a one-of-a-kind package combining the best of both these hot spots. From a wild game safari at the five star Sanbona Wildlife Reserve all the way to a -5 degree C ice adventure throughout Antarctica, this adventure is truly an unrivalled experience.

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