The Team were distressed to find out via the BBC news website that the MS Explorer a tourist ship off Antarctica has run into trouble approximately 75 miles north of the Antarctic peninsula. It seems that more than 150 passengers and members of the crew have been evacuated to lifeboats and onto another ship.
Embarking on a nineteen day 'Spirit of Shackleton' cruise through the Drake Passage, the ship was travelling through the ice when something struck the hold.Click here for the whole story.
This led the team to ponder the number of people now going to Antarctica for holidays and vacations. It seems that in a constant desire to find and explore new destinations on holiday, Antarctica represents for some a last great wilderness.
There are a number of cruise companies that offer packages to Antarctica. According to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, over 37500 people visited Antarctica in 2006-07.
Click here for a BBC news article looking at 'the attraction of the polar extremes'.
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