It is mid-summer, and yet it is freezing cold: If you want to be guaranteed a White Christmas, you should go on a cruise to Antarctica. However, it will not be a “White Christmas” in the classical sense: “Very often, our expedition cruise passengers will spend Christmas Eve at sea and only see snow-covered glaciers,” said Isolde Susset, Director of Expedition Cruises at TUI’s subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The cruise line launched expedition cruises to Antarctica on board its expedition ship Bremen as far back as 1990. On one of the journeys through what is in essence a gigantic cold chamber, the passengers and crew discovered a previously uncharted island and a new passage in the eternal ice, now officially included in today’s maps as Bremen Island and Bremen Channel.
With a length of 111 metres, the Bremen combines the comfort of a cruise with adventures and experiences of nature. During the Christmas season, she will be cruising on an itinerary from the Falkland Islands via South Georgia, the South Orkney and South Shetland Islands all the way to the Antarctic Peninsula until 4 January. Over Christmas, the ship will, for instance, call at the long-abandoned whaling station Grytviken in the island of South Georgia, where the passengers will visit a deserted church. “In its eventful history, it served many different purposes including as a warehouse and a shelter for British researchers during the Falklands Conflict,” said Susset. “Visiting the place and the church is one of the highlights of every journey to this region in the Earth.”