Couple of weeks back The Q Experiences, an Indian luxury travel company, announced 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. The 200 travellers will kick off the Journey from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – on the 9th of December 2017. “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.
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”.
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. Buffets each day will be of a different theme.
There were times when travel was a luxury but in the recent times we have seen a high rise in the travel sector globally. The lowering of travel barriers and falling costs has put travel within the reach of millions. These factors, combined with the growth of disposable income, the rise of the middle class in many emerging markets and the changing attitudes of people towards travel, have enabled the industry to flourish especially in India. The emerging middle class family is growing at a fast pace and with the newfound buying power it will give the middle class greater access to travel. Also the new added consumers like the millennials who are more tech-savvy and connected are constantly looking out for fun experiences and adventures, which ultimately increase the rise of global travel.
Whilst we talk about all the known facts about global travel, it is evident that travel opens up to a lot more than just adventures and fun. Personally, I’ve come to appreciate and accept different ethnicity, culture and beliefs. It has taught me real life lessons, tolerance to uncertainty, widened my perspectives and knowledge, room for creativity and appreciate my homeland.
Day Wise Brief Itinerary
The trip will start at Ushuaia -the City at the Edge of the World. The travellers aboard the Majestic Explorer will be sailing through the confluence of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, known as The Drake Passage for two days and nights.
Travellers will get their first experience of magnificent glaciers, rising slowly from the waters at Neko Bay and Paradise Bay. Marching towards Port Charcot & Port Lockroy
Day 5 & 6:
Travellers will explore the stunning ice-covered rocks and home to the kelp gull-a haven for the avid wildlife enthusiast. The port has a museum, little store and post office from where one can send a postcard to their friends and family.
Exploring Deception Island-a place steeped in history and home to the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. The travellers will witness a breathtaking sight of over 100,000 pairs of penguins at play along with serenity of Elephant seals and Fur seals.
Sailing through the quietest places on earth- The Weddell Sea, travellers will get a chance to actually sight- The Lord of The Weddell Sea- The Weddell Seal himself.
Day 9 & 10:
The travellers will hit the land, crossing the Drake Passage once more, making their way back to Ushuaia and civilization.
The Triumphant Return, the ship will dock and the journey to Majestic White Continent will come to an end.
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.
If you’re one of those people who are waiting for that moment to take the plunge and board the travel bandwagon, then now is the time and opportunity. Go on and click the details below and book your first travel ticket. Or if you’re one of those people who has been saving up and waiting for that one helluva experience and adventure than this trip is promising. Or…. Or if you simply love penguins go and book the tickets already!
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