Voltage requirements vary with the tour operators and the origin of their ships. Most small electronic chargers, such as cameras, phones, laptops and e-readers, can handle the range of voltages with just an adapter. However, travelers should research their devices prior to the trip.
Yes. Please call our office with group travel inquiries. We will assist you in booking the best price for your group. Group leaders receive travel benefits. Call at 1-866-475-7023.
Each supplier offers travel insurance with their itineraries. We also offer separate coverage through outside companies offering a broad range of protection for situations such as medical emergencies, weather, luggage loss or delays, and other coverage. Both options will be discussed with you prior to booking to see which would provide the best coverage, at the best price.
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Yes we use ZVS Passport and Visa service
Passport and Visa requirements are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through ZVS's website.
ZVS obtains the following travel documents:
* PASSPORT RENEWALS
* PASSPORT AMENDMENTS (adding pages, changing name)
* NEW and LOST PASSPORTS
* SECOND PASSPORTS
* INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS
AIRPORT DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS is also available.
To check availability & pricing, simply call 1-800-942-3301. Agents are available from Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. year round, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. January through May. If you prefer, you can email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations including airfare must be made at least 21 days prior to travel. Land only bookings can be made up to 10 days prior to travel. Because the peak travel season is limited, tours sell out quickly, so we recommend booking at least 3 to 4 months in advance.
Tour operators ply their trade only during the Antarctic summer, October-March, with December-February being the best months to go. Days can be sunny and clear, with temperatures averaging around 30 F/-1 C. Nights still get cold, but at that latitude, they are brief. The Antarctic Peninsula and subantarctic islands, where most cruises go, can be damp from ocean spray and summer rain. Travelers should take multiple layers of heavy winter clothing and be prepared for wind, blowing snow, fog and frigid temperatures. The weather can be unpredictable, so schedules can change or the tour can be suddenly canceled (even once it's under way).
There is no Antarctic currency. There is little (if anything) to buy in Antarctica, though some ships may have seal and other skin products for sale in their onboard stores. Some of the scientific stations sell imprinted T-shirts, coffee mugs and other souvenirs. The South Pole gift shop offers replicas of the official geographic marker, and the South Georgia Museum gift shop has a line of souvenirs made on the island. Be sure to take cash, as this is one place that doesn't accept credit cards.
Antarctica is GMT to 23 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 16 hours ahead of eastern time.
The combination of extended daylight hours, glare from the water and ice, and the ozone hole make the sun dangerously strong in the Antarctic. Travelers should take along and use sunscreen and polarized sunglasses.
Layers of modern fabrics, such as Capilene long underwear, polypropylene midlayers, fleece sweaters, a down-filled parka and a wind-and-rain resistant outer layer are recommended for warmth and dryness. The mountaineering adage, "cotton kills," rings true. Synthetics or wool will dry faster and keep their thermal properties better than cotton. Outdoor chic is the fashion standard.
A hat, balaclava and neck gaiter are recommended to protect the face. Instant heat packs in the pockets are great for warming cold hands. Insulated, waterproof hiking boots are also suggested.