Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sea World Orlando promotes new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin with Epic Voyage

Sea World Orlando is promoting the new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction by visiting several cities in the United States with its Epic Voyage promotion.  Epic Voyage will include a massive ice dome, a virtual reality experience, Antarctica themed games in which participants can win prizes, Coca Cola freestyle machines providing free drinks, and even live penguins.   There will also be street teams providing trivia, prizes, and virtual reality experiences.

Epic Voyage Schedule:
  • January 19-20, 2013 - The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
  • January 24, 2013 - Gurnee Mills Mall in Illinois
  • January 26-27, 2013 - Chicago Travel & Adventure Show
  • February 8-10, 2013 - Boston Globe Travel Show at Seaport World Trade Center
  • February 23-24, 2013 - King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania
  • March 9-10, 2013 - Washington, D.C. Travel & Adventure Show
  • March 23-24, 2013 - The Avenues Mall in Jacksonville, Florida
  • April TBD - Atlanta stop
  • April 27, 2013 - Miami Dolphins Fin Fest 2013
  • May 4-5, 2013 - Aventura Mall in Miami, Florida
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Shackleton Epic Recreating James Caird Voyage

Later this month the Shackleton Epic expedition is going to attempt to historically recreate what is probably the most famous and amazing story of survival, the James Caird voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia Island and the crossing of South Georgia Island.  The expedition is using historically accurate gear and a replica of the James Caird lifeboat that Shackleton and five of his crew used to get to South Georgia Island and get help to rescue the rest of the Endurance crew after their lost their ship sunk in the Antarctic in 1915.  They will have some modern help available, though, as a ship will follow them for filming as well as to offer support if necessary.

You can follow the expedition on their Facebook page here.  They also have a website here, but at the time of this post it appears to be down.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Whale Wars 2013: Sea Shepherd Ships Depart for Antarctic

This year the Sea Shepherds have 4 ships that they are using to try and keep the Japanese from killing any whales in the Antarctic this season.  The ships are now headed to the Antarctic ahead of the Japanese fleet, which was delayed this season due to issues with the factory ship.  It should be interesting to see how this season goes with the leader Paul Watson stepping down as the key figure due to legal actions and evading extradictions that are out for him from Costa Rica and Japan.  Also, a United States court has ordered them to stay at least 450 meters from the Japanese, which is quite far compared to some their previous antics and would be interesting to see if they actually keep with it and if so what they end up doing to keep their goal of stopping the Japanese from killing any whales.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Coldest Journey Expedition to Attempt Winter Crossing of Antarctica

The Coldest Journey is the name of the expedition that is attempting what is said to be the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic during the winter.  This feat is one of the last great polar challenges remaining to be accomplished.  The expedition is expected to begin its trek on March 21, 2013 at Crown Bay in Queen Maud Land in Eastern Antarctica.  The expedition plans to finish around September 21, 2013 at McMurdo Sound where they will remain until being picked up by a ship in February 2014.

Learn more about the expedition on their website here.