What’s the most important information to read on a travel brochure?

What’s the most important information to read on a travel brochure?

Sara Raney, Senior Travel Advisor - Alaska and Antarctica Specialist

The most important information is in Italics – READ THEM or you might be disappointed.

For example, a popular cruise company advertises Antarctica. In very tiny font (you need a magnifying glass) it says, “The Antarctic Experience: exact itinerary in Antarctica will depend on permissions, ice, weather conditions and time available. There will be no landing in Antarctica. Visits in Antarctica require government approval. The XYZ Cruise has approval however it could be withdrawn at anytime.”

As an Antarctic Specialist:

In my travels I have visited Ushuaia, Capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, known as the southernmost city in the world… beautiful Patagonia, the southern section of the Andes Mountains (shared by both Argentina and Chile)… the historic British Falkland Dependencies, to include my favorite the island of South Georgia, South Shetland Islands, Sandwich Islands… and museums on the continent of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. I’ve also experienced Cape Hope and Drake Passage during a hurricane.

The reason why so few people have visited Antarctica:

Not all ships can handle the rough Southern Ocean. The icebergs are 28-62 miles long, with only 10% of the massive icebergs above the waterline. Where the ships go, and how far they go, is dependent on weather and ice conditions. Because of the popularity of this region, cruise companies may advertise they are going to Antarctica, however they are only in the Southern Ocean viewing the continent from miles away. Some ship companies have pushed their ships too far.

At the present time, few ships have authorization to have their passengers visit (walk on) Antarctica and South Georgia Island. Now for visiting and walking on the continent of Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands, there are stiff rules and regulations. The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) states that their mission is to practice safe and environmentally responsible travel to Antarctica.

This beautiful area of the world is definitely worth a visit, whether you go by a cruise ship or expedition ship. But before you invest in this trip of a lifetime you need to know your limitations. Expedition ships are not for anyone who has a mobility problem. I do not care what anyone tells you, they are not wheelchair, scooter, walker, or cane friendly. (I have had many travel agents and cruise sales agents tell me that it is. Take it from me, it is not!!!!) If you are carrying extra weight, I would not advise it either.

The Cost: You need to spend your children’s inheritance.

The cost of an expedition trip to Antarctica can run from $20,000.00 to $ 30,000.00 per person. Also, if you are interested, since 1995 there has been an Antarctic Ice Marathon. Entry fee per person is $35,000.00 It truly is a magnificent place to visit whether you are one of the lucky few who go by expedition ship or travel to the Southern Ocean by a cruise ship.

As a professional travel consultant I believe it is very important to know exactly what you are paying for.

Peace of Mind: Priceless!

Sara Raney, Senior Travel Advisor
SARA RANEY, Senior Travel AdvisorAs a professional Travel Consultant/Advisor who specializes in working with seniors, Sara Raney keeps you up-to-date on important travel information. Having traveled to over 100 countries herself, Sara has the knowledge and experience to make age-appropriate travel plans and special arrangements for her clients (things you wouldn’t even think of) so that you can relax and enjoy a wonderful, memorable, hassle-free vacation!

“Alaska and Antarctica Specialist.”

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