The White Continent

A LUXURY OF A LIFETIME IN ANTARCTICA

The Q creates memorable handcrafted travel experiences across the globe. What is the journey that can awaken the memory more than a polar voyage at the end of the world?

The Antarctic is unique. It is mercurial.

This will challenge your pursuit of luxury at the end of the world but with The Q, you can reimagine a remote wilderness in luxury.

Welcome aboard The White Continent.

Our Journey To The White Continent

The Call of the South

For centuries, the frozen wilderness of the South Pole has fascinated us. The Antarctic is one of the last untouched places on earth.

Our voyage will set off from the southernmost city in the world, take you across the temperamental Drake passage and into the land of ice. You will sail among snow covered peaks and glaciers, watch leopard seals on a hunt, witness chinstrap penguins at play and listen to the singing of the great whales.

Take a deep breath, and let us begin our journey to Antarctica

DAY 1

Ushuaia

The City at the Edge of the World

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world – with mountains to the North and icy seas to the South. It is no mere port, however. A traveller about to head for the Far South would do well to arrive early to spend some quality time here.

The Tierra del Fuego National Park is worth the visit and of course, the city’s fine Argentine wine and artisan steakhouses will throw you a farewell worthy of Amundsen.

Wave goodbye to civilization.

DAY 2 & 3

Drake Passage

The Confluence of the Great Seas

In 1578, Sir Francis Drake first dared make this voyage, and it is after him that the first part of our cruise journey is named – the crossing of the Drake Passage. For two days and nights, the Majestic Explorer will cruise through the confluence of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, giving you the rather unique accomplishment of having journeyed across the three oceans in a single voyage.

The Drake Passage will be the first overture of the journey, an opportunity for you to acquire your sea legs, get acquainted with the travellers on board and prepare for the White Continent to take your breath away.

DAY 4

Neko Bay & Paradise Bay

Glacier ahoy

Two days into your journey, you’ll experience the South Pole – a great mass of ice rising slowly from the waters, growing larger as you approach…a glacier such as you have never imagined. And at the foot of this behemoth lies one of Antarctica’s treasures – Neko bay. The silence of the oceans is broken by the cries of the birds – Cape Petrels and Cormorants, dipping and weaving among the gulls

You have arrived in Antarctica.

DAY 5 & 6

Port Charcot & Port Lockroy

The mark of man

When compared to the size of the majestic Antarctic, we are insignificant…and yet we venture out into the icy cold, again and again, determined to make our mark. The tiny ports of the South Shetland islands stand testimony to the indomitable nature of man. Our ship will drop anchor at three of them at least, weather permitting.

Pleneau Island is a tiny, ice-covered rock, desolate, beautiful home to the Kelp gull, the South polar skua and the Antarctic tern, a haven for the avid wildlife enthusiast. The island of Goudier hosts Port Lockroy, a picture-perfect cove discovered by Jean-Baptiste Charcot. It has a museum devoted to life on the base in 1950’s, but its true treasure is its little store and post office, the only place on the White Continent where you can send a postcard, from the far end of the earth. The Port is also used as a research station on Gentoo penguins.

DAY 7

Deception island

In the Trail of the Penguins

A black horseshoe of volcanic ash, an uproar you can hear from across the water, the abandoned huts…this is Deception Island – a place steeped in history.

Over the years it has served as a port, a base for seal hunters, a whaling station and a research centre. Time and again, countries have fought over its ownership and its volcanic eruptions have driven off people until it achieved its present status – a territory administered by the Antarctic Treaty and devoid of human habitation.

The Deception Island is home to the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula! Prepare to witness the breathtaking sight of over 100,000 pairs of penguins at play and the serenity of Elephant seals and Fur seals lounging on the ice.

This is one of the few places on earth that has resisted civilization, and won.

DAY 8

The Lord of the Weddell Sea

Weddell Sea

The crack and boom of calving icebergs are the only sounds to break the silence of the Weddell Sea, a place that is famous for being one of the quietest places on earth. This icy expanse of the Antarctic hides a sight very few see – the Lord of the Weddell Sea, the Weddell seal himself.

He can stay submerged for over an hour, unlike any other seal, and his dark grey pelage and spotted belly make him even more unmistakable. As you sail away, the occasional call of the Wandering Albatross and the Giant Petrel will follow you back.

DAY 9 & 10

Drake Passage

Coming back to life

On the voyage back from Antarctica, it’s time to try and wean yourself away from the magic of the White Continent, the hypnotic blue tinge of the icebergs, and and the haunting call of the tern. The sights and sounds ebb and flow, as you make your crossing. The Drake Passage will mesmerize you once again, as you make your way back to civilization.

DAY 11

Ushuaia

The Epilogue of A Triumphant Journey to Antarctica

Even before the first sighting of land, you’ll begin to miss the sea. It has become a part of you. The air will feel different the further north you sail, alien yet familiar. And you’ll know that what’s changed is not the air, but you. Soon you will dock and leave the gentle rocking of the ship behind.

Sail into the abyss of luxury

Get to know your ship

You will take to sea on The Majestic Explorer – a sleek, gorgeous yacht, unlike anything you would expect to be braving the Antarctic waters. Unlike most giant, impersonal cruise liners, The Majestic Explorer preserves the intimacy of an exploring vessel, with just 132 elegant staterooms and suites. The interiors bring together the warm tones of natural wood with chic, airy greys and whites, reminiscent of the French Riviera. The French touch is no accident- the interiors have been designed by the French virtuoso interior designer Jean Philippe Nuel himself.

The Majestic Explorer

Panoramic Lounge

Sothys, Paris - The Spa

Marina

Theatre

Lobby

An Antarctic Feast

Explore Antarctica The Q way with Michelin Star Chef

Why, Antarctica with The Q?

The Q is an award winning luxury travel organization that has been pioneering small ship luxury cruising enroute magical polar adventures.We have been taking passionate, enthusiastic travellers and distinguished personalities all across the world and even beyond, on board luxury cruises. We have fulfilled the polar dreams of well arrived Indians, handcrafting an experience that goes beyond imagination. ‘Luxury Travel Reimagined’ is what has been defining us from our inception. We wish to take it to the next level by curating experiences that are ethereal and timeless.

This New Year, we await yet again to see you through a spectacular Antarctic cruising experience that is one of a kind.

Voyage Begins
26th December, 2019

INR 10,55,000 Per Person Onward


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