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An Epic Adventure on the Diamond Princess – Cruise Japan

Cruising can be a fantastic way to travel anywhere in the world, and the Diamond Princess makes Japan all the more accessible by boat. With a fantastic itinerary, amazing onboard dining and entertainment, and last-minute deals, this Princess Cruise may be the perfect way for you to see the lesser-known parts as you cruise Japan!

Why I Hated My Antarctica Holiday - Luxury Travel Hacks

Why I Hated My Antarctica Holiday

Why I Hated My Antarctica Holiday - Luxury Travel Hacks

Updated May 2019

Antarctica, the 7th continent! I have no doubt it is on lots of people’s bucket lists. Am I right? Is an Antarctica holiday on yours? I am assuming it is otherwise you would not be reading this. However, before investing thousands of dollars have a quick squiz at this article on why I hated Antarctica. It could help you in your decision making to visiting Antarctica.

Wanting to save money on your Antarctic Journey? Check out Last Minute Antarctica Cruises – Everything You Need To Know

Table of Contents

An Antarctica Holiday - Why is it so Bad?

Smooth Sailing

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Everyone wants to experience the Drake Passage! I heard tales of how rough it can be, how everyone is sea sick and to me, it sounded like a real adventure. What did we get, you ask? Something, known as the Drake Lake. Flat, calm, next to no wind and smooth sailing the entire way to and back from Antarctica. Talk about a disappointing Drake Passage experience.

Sunshine

Why I Hated Antarctica - Sunshine - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

Sunshine, bloody sunshine everywhere while in Antarctica. I am so lucky I had sunscreen and sunnies on hand for other travels. I can tell you I would have been burnt to a crisp if I had not had these. No one wants the sunshine in Antarctica; you are supposed to be a cold continent…..shame on you.

The Crowds

I am sure you have heard that only 100 people can be on Antarctica at one particular point at one time. I thought beauty no crowds here plenty of space it is going to be amazing! BUT, no one mentioned the PENGUINS in Antarctica. You would not believe how many there are, they are literally everywhere and to make matters worse there are rules. You must give way to penguins, GIVE WAY I tell you! Sometimes when they are running down their penguin highways, yes they have highways, they decide to stop right in front of you. At this moment you must stop and wait for them to move. Talk about invading your personal space and wasting your time.

Disruption of Peace

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You are taking a leisurely walk around the ship on the promenade deck when BOOM, a whale annoyingly pops up spraying water. In more extreme cases breaching may occur, and obviously, this is disturbing you from your walk. Also, a random piece of ice may fall from a glacier causing a cracking sound followed by a boom. Totally not what I signed up for when cruising in Antarctica.

Atrocious Activities

I mean no one would ever in their right mind want to kayak in Antarctica, would they? Not only do whales disturb the peace, penguins again can get in your way and then God forbid there are the obnoxious seals. These animals may either wreck your photos by lazing around on icebergs or worst still again disrupt peace like the whales by popping up whenever they god damn fell like. And then there is the ice, a thin layer of ice on top of the water that is there every now and again that slows the movement of your paddle. I mean how inconvenient! Oh, and you know how I mentioned about the sun! Well, when that reflects off the waters and gets in your eyes there really is nothing more to say. Avoid kayaking in Antarctica at all costs; you won’t enjoy it.

Scenery, I’ve Seen Better

White, white and a bit more white! If I wanted to see so much white, I could have hung out in Lapland, Finland, couldn’t I? I believe that is a white place and also much easier to travel to than Antarctica. I mean it gets boring seeing snow, ice, enormous glaciers, monstrous mountains, gigantic icebergs because they are all white. No colour at all and therefore making Antarctica is a bland and boring place to visit. Ok, ok to be fair there is a little bit of blue too but again….boring colour.

And Then There is The Ship

Enjoyed the #Garibaldi #fjord today from the comforts of our #zodiac that magically appeared out of the #MSMidnatsol, @hurtigruten

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Why would anyone want to go on a ship to Antarctica? The food is second class with hordes of seafood, cheeses, meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta and sauces. And by that list, you can see there is clearly not enough of it. There are lectures, lectures I tell you! I didn’t sign up to go to lectures and learn about penguins, whales, research and anything related to Antarctica. Why in gods name would I want to know anything like that? Oh, and the staff! Always annoying you as they politely fill up your water glass for you, clean your room daily and are always smiling. Haven’t they heard this is the worst place in the world? There should be no smiling.

However, if you do want to look at cruises that may go to this horrible place, check out Hurtigruten cruises to Antarctica, their staff are always smiling!

So there you have it! Countless reasons why we hate Antarctica! I hope this clears up any misconceptions you may have about the continent and helps to solidify your decision on whether you want to visit.

I mean we hated it so much we can’t wait to one day visit again. Only, of course, to see if it has improved.

SERIOUS NOTE

Ultimate Repositioning Cruise

This is the luxury travel hack of all luxury travel hacks. I mean you don’t get more luxurious than an Antarctica holiday and why not combine it with an epic repositioning cruise. I mean this is a fantastic type of travel

Our Antarctica cruise left from the beautiful shores of Punta Arenas, Chile before exploring the incredible landscape of the Chilean Fjords, Antarctica, the Falkland Islands before finishing in Montevideo, Uruguay. Now with the costs of travel around South America being pretty horribly high, especially if you were flying this was the ultimate way to see Antarctica and get ourselves to the other side of South America all in one process. 

So, if you are thinking of visiting South America and Antarctica try and combine them with an Antarctica repositioning cruise to get the best bang for your buck. 

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Why I Hated My Antarctica Holiday - Luxury Travel Hacks
Why I Hated Antarctica - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo
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Should you Choose to Cruise, Instead of Flying?

Can you can afford the time to allow for an extra 7 – 21 days rather than a flight of 8 – 15 hours to reach your destination? If the answer to that question is YES, you definitely should choose to cruise, rather than fly.

Why I Decided I Had To Visit Antarctica - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

Why I Decided I Had To Visit Antarctica

Why I Decided I Had To Visit Antarctica - The Traveller's Guide By #ljojlo

‘Why the hell would you want to go there?’

A question I heard over and over when I mentioned I was planning to visit Antarctica! It got me thinking, why do I want to go? To be honest, in the beginning, I was not entirely sure, but as I thought about it more, I narrowed it down.

Being Australian we are used to heat, sand, sun and the ocean (just check out the photos above). Don’t get me wrong I love the heat, sand, sun and the ocean as much as the next Aussie but it is something so common to us. I saw snow for the first time when I was 16 in Australia. The majority of it was fake created by snow machines because it was a bad season but I loved it. However, I never did see it snowing. Switzerland was where I witnessed that phenomenon. To this day I will never forget the realisation that when it is snowing lightly with no wind, you can’t hear it. Something I never expected or had never experienced until that moment. I can still close my eyes and picture it as I stood silently watching the snow fall lightly. It was magical!

Could you get any more #NewZealand? Scenery, #sheep, #snow and a #lake!

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On a whim, I went to New Zealand. Zero expectations and zero knowledge. Driving around in a campervan through Fiordland, experiencing the likes of Milford Sound and enjoying the Southern Alps along the South Island is something I will also never forget. Honestly, it is one of my favourite places in the world and if you haven’t experienced it yet get on your horse and go. But why did I love it? Well, again it was the realisation that there is such beauty outside of Australia. The sheer cliffs, the deep water, the snow-capped mountains, the temperate rainforest and glaciers, all were WOW! Aspects of scenery I had never experienced in Australia, and yet I loved. And hence, I continually plan to head back to New Zealand whenever the opportunity arises.

There really is nothing more magical than the scenery witnessed on the #landofthelongwhitecloud #NewZealand

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With a new found love for snow and incredible scenery I knew I was on the hunt for more. Hey, us travellers are selfish. Once we see something amazing, we are forever on the hunt for something more. It is almost drug-like, don’t you think?

One weekend on the couch dreaming of my next travels I saw a segment on Getaway, an Australian travel show, which barely exists now. They went to Antarctica. They showed snow. They showed mountains. They showed glaciers bigger than Franz Josef and Fox Glacier in New Zealand. They showed wildlife. They showed humans stepping foot onto the continent after they navigated their way to shore on zodiacs weaving their way between icebergs and ice. My addiction kicked in! Antarctica was bigger, better and colder and I knew I had to go. It was at this point Antarctica became the number one on my bucket list and the saving begun. Oh, and saving I did.

Visit Antarctica, the photos below say it all!!