The differences between Antarctica and the Arctic became evident to Travel Weekly Editor-in-Chief Arnie Weissmann after a recent A&K expedition cruise to the Arctic.
But it is precisely the unexpected scenery and the unpredictability of what will be seen on any given day that gives a trip to the Arctic its cachet. One sees Antarctica on a cruise; one sees the Arctic on an expedition.
“Antarctica is easy,” Capt. Garcia said. “You will always see penguins. You have a rookery, it’s the same place every year. And if for some reason you can’t get there, there is another place you can go. But here, it is challenging. Who knows where the animals are? Every voyage is different. You sail with humility, every time, with open eyes. Nothing is clear.
“And to meet the king of the Arctic, the polar bear, to see it close, even once, is the gift of the voyage.”
Read about Arnie Weissmann’s adventure here.
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