Antarctica, a Once in a Lifetime Adventure with Accor Vacation Club
Good afternoon Dominic,
Well what an absolutely fabulous time my husband and I had last Sunday flying to the bottom of the world!
Where to start, I guess at the beginning is a good place to start! Pre-dinner drinks was a chance to meet and chat with other fellow Accor Vacation Club members, followed by a lovely three course dinner with guest speakers enlightening us on our journey to the Antarctic the next day.
After rising bright and early the next morning for a continental breakfast we boarded our buses to take us to the Domestic Terminal at Mascot where we checked in at 7.30am and started boarding our Qantas 747 for our bucket list adventure. Everyone was quite excited as we all settled into our allocated seats and away we went approx 8.15am.
We were well fed and watered with plenty of attention from the flight staff as we headed south to Antarctica, after about 4 hours of flying we sighted our 1st iceberg, which brought an excited buzz around the plane, so with cameras at the ready the passengers were merrily clicking away. Mind you the iceberg looked like a piece of ice in a big glass of water from 10,000 feet, but I’m guessing if we could see it at 10,000 feet it must have been plenty big enough at sea level.
To see Antarctica from the air gives you a glimpse of the land and the only colours you see is the blue of the ocean and the white of the snow and occasionally some brown peaking out from the mountains where the snow has not settled. We had a brilliant day weather wise, sunshine with a few puffs of light cloud, however, the cloud was only every now and then and didn’t take away any photo opportunities. It was hard to believe the weather outside was -30 degrees or so being so sunny. We crissed crossed over Mason and Casey bases and the pilot was able to radio the manager at Casey station and broadcast over the plane intercom asking what he did at the station and how was the weather etc. That was a bit surreal to listen too.
After approx. 4 hours of zig zagging over the landscape we were starting to head back to Australia, landing back in Sydney around 9.30pm, after traveling 10,915kms round trip and 13 hours of flying time, very tired but happy, where the coaches were waiting to take us back to the lovely Pullman Hotel and an extremely comfortable bed. The next morning we had a chance to catch up with some of our fellow Accor travelers have a bit of a chit chat about the day before, before it was time to say (sadly) goodbye and head back home and to reality.
What a trip, would I recommend this to anyone, most certainly. Accor Vacation Club you should do these sort of trips more often, we loved every minute of it and felt it was good value.
Bucket list travelers,
Lyn & Terry Trevascus