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Planning & Tips

Should I choose a balcony with a cabin for my Antarctic cruise?

Cabins with balconies might not sound like an obvious choice if you’re heading to an icy destination like Antarctica, but they’re becoming an increasingly popular option for polar expedition cruising. In this article we’ll discuss how having a balcony cabin can let you enjoy your very own private piece of Antarctica.  Do all expedition ships […]

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Planning & Tips

What’s it like to sail on an X-bow ship?

In the past few years, it’s been possible to spot a new type of ship cruising through the Antarctic ice. They look like no other ship in the polar fleet, or even any other ship you might have seen. Their bows curve down into the water like a bird dipping its beak for a drink. […]

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Planning & Tips

Should I buy or hire kit for Antarctica?

Here at Swoop, we often get asked about the pros and cons of buying kit vs hiring kit for an Antarctic adventure. As a passionate polar traveller and a packing obsessive, let me provide some clarity! An expedition cruise trip to Antarctica may require some cold weather gear you don’t already own, though it’s often […]

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Epic Adventures

Does South Georgia belong on your Antarctic itinerary?

Heralded as the ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’, the stunning island of South Georgia is packed with both history and wildlife. For anyone who has ever watched a David Attenborough series on heaving king penguin colonies or battling elephant seals, it is likely to have been filmed on this remote island. My first trip to […]

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Planning & Tips

Why flexibility is the key to Antarctic itineraries

Expect the unexpected. Go with the flow. These are the types of things you’ll hear over and over again when it comes to Antarctic voyages. In the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth, it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that itineraries do not always go to plan. I can’t seem to tell […]

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Planning & Tips

Can I travel to Antarctica as a solo traveller?

The most southerly place on Earth, Antarctica is a cold and untamed wilderness that has fascinated humankind for generations. Expedition cruises make the journey south throughout the austral summer, taking travellers to the Antarctic Peninsula. It’s not an easy destination to reach and the remote location means that Antarctica is often a once in a lifetime trip for […]

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Planning & Tips

What’s the difference between a traditional cruise and a Polar expedition cruise?

Over the last several decades the cruise industry has become ever more popular, with companies expanding their fleets and creating mega-ships able to carry over 6,000 passengers. These vast liners act as floating hotels offering a luxury experience at sea. Running parallel to this, under a different guise, is another cruise industry that is lesser-known […]

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Planning & Tips

A photographer’s guide to Antarctica

As a travel photographer, I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some of the most beautiful places on Earth. I’ve journeyed to the deserts of Tunisia and Morocco, crawled through thick rainforests in Australia, and explored hidden temples in Cambodia and Laos. My camera has been my constant companion throughout these adventures, documenting my experiences like […]

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