Not all Antarctic cruise
ships have helicopters, in fact it's only a minority that do.
Usually it's the ice-breakers that have them as the helicopter
can be used to scout ahead of the ship to assess if it's worth
making the effort to break through ice on a particular course
or go a different route. Breaking through ice is very heavy
This has the advantage for tourists
of a whole extra dimension to their Antarctic experience of
being able to go places that otherwise they not be able to.
If there are helicopters available there are often a set number
of flights included with the cruise, but then with extra trips
available as an optional extra. If there is a helicopter on
your ship, find out what is included and what the options are
before you go.
Picture courtesy of Mike Usher
- Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov
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