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I am trying to find out if it is indeed FACT that after 2011 larger cruise ships are going to be banned from cruising in Antarctica. The only information I can find as FACT is that cruise ships larger than 500 cannot LAND passengers.
I want to go on a cruise (HAL Grand Voyage...South America and Antarctica)) but 2011 does not work for me. I am hoping they will continue after that.
Previously, there was a rule that said the number of passengers to descend on the ground will not be able to pass 100, and every minute they are on the peninsula a guide is required for every 20 people.
Last month the IMO passed another restriction:
Beginning in August 2011, most large cruise ships will no longer be able to sail in Antarctica.
The International Maritime Organization this week adopted a ban on using and carrying heavy fuel oil on ships operating in Antarctic waters.
The regulation essentially bans cruise ships with more than 500 passengers from sailing in Antarctica, because even though they would agree to use lighter fuels there, the ban on carriage would prove too costly for those vessels.
Thanks for the information. We booked the Prinsendam for January 2011 awhile back because we heard about the new guidelines for fuel.
After seeing the ecological damage that oil spills cause, I am glad to see lighter fuel being required and I am happy to see that some cruise lines will comply with the new guidelines.
Karen and Brad
bkdeacon at hotmail dot com
We love to travel and cruising is the best! We have done more than 55 cruises to the Eastern, Western and Southern Carribean with Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean. We also enjoyed cruising twice in New England/Canada and twice in Alaska. Our extended cruises include:
35 day Voyage of the Vikings~HAL Maasdam~July 2008
63 day Grand Voyage~South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand ~HAL Amsterdam~September 2009
21 day Pan-America and Panama Canal~HAL Amsterdam~December 2009
66 day Grand Voyage~Amazon, Antarctica, South America~HAL Prinsendam~January 2011
45 day Atlantic Adventurer~Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Italy~HAL Maasdam~October 2011
62 day Grand Voyage~Mediterranean and Black Sea~HAL Prinsendam~March 2012
115 day Around the World Cruise~HAL Amsterdam~January 2013