On Day 5 of my NCL cruise on the Norwegian Star to Antarctica in its Majesty, we began to find ourselves closer to one of our planet’s coldest and least populated continents. Basically, the Antarctic Sheet is the largest mass of ice in the world and is up to four miles thick. Hence, the continent contains about 90 percent of the planet’s freshwater ice and nearly 70 percent of the total fresh water on Earth. Evidently, no humans permanently inhabit Antarctica and the folks there are mostly scientists focused on research.
The ship cruised by Deception Island, Admiralty Bay, and Elephant Island. There are few words to describe the extraordinary majesty of these Antarctic Islands, so I’ll simply let you “see” it with your own eyes.
Here is a lunch and gym class view of Antarctica in its Majesty from the ship I’ll never forget!
Should you visit Antarctica? I strongly recommend the adventure and the vivid memories you’ll cherish.
Here’s a footnote about Antarctica in Its Majesty
Antarctica is a continent located in the southernmost part of the Earth and was first discovered in 1820. Since then, it’s become a scientific preserve thanks to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, which banned any military activity or mining.
Antarctica is crucial in regulating the Earth’s climate and ocean currents. Its reflective surfaces help to cool the planet by reflecting the sun’s rays.
But that’s not all – Antarctica is also home to a range of unique flora and fauna like penguins, seals, and whales. It’s a fragile ecosystem that we need to protect and preserve for future generations.