Orient Lines Returns to Antarctica

Ana Figueroa The Orient Lines’ Marco Polo will return to Antarctica for a new season of expeditions that range from 11 to 33 days. The classic ship will provide a unique opportunity to experience the White Continent. Designed originally as an icebreaker, the Marco Polo’s reinforced hull allows the captai

By: Ana Figueroa

The Orient Lines’ Marco Polo will return to Antarctica for a new season of expeditions that range from 11 to 33 days. The classic ship will provide a unique opportunity to experience the White Continent. Designed originally as an icebreaker, the Marco Polo’s reinforced hull allows the captain to navigate the striking landscape of Antarctica for an up-close encounter with wildlife and scenery. Passengers will also be able to go ashore on inflatable Zodiak expedition boats, specifically designed for exploration. Weather permitting, visits to Antarctic sights of interest will include major penguin rookeries. The Marco Polo features an experienced team of biologists, geologists, ornithologists and historians who will provide informative lectures throughout the journey. Passengers will also receive distinctive red parkas for use on shore excursions.

Included in the Marco Polo’s Antarctic lineup is a 33-day Voyage to Antarctica that departs Dec. 6. The odyssey will take passengers from the beaches of the Caribbean to the snowscapes of Antarctica, with calls in Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina along the way. Among the highlights is a chance to visit the mystical lost city of Machu Picchu.

An 18-day Antarctica & Chilean Fjords cruise departs Dec. 21 from Santiago to Ushuaia, sailing along the majestic Chilean coast. A series of 11-day Antarctica Peninsula cruise expeditions depart on Jan 3, 11, 19 and 27, 2006. The expeditions include an eight-day luxury cruise, two-night first-class or deluxe hotel stay in Buenos Aires, plus a half-day sightseeing tour of Ushuaia and Buenos Aires.

A 20-day Antarctica & the Falklands cruise from Ushuaia to Rio de Janeiro departs Feb. 5, 2006.

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www.orientlines.com

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