Expedition Cruising and the Environment
Antarctica has the most pristine environment in the world, so it is extremely important to take extra precautions when visiting to minimize the impact on this precious habitat. Expedition cruise companies are fully committed to preserving Antarctica's unique ecosystem and follow a very specific set of guidelines provided by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). As a visitor, you will be asked to do your part to protect the environment as well by following special guidelines prior to and during your cruise.
Before You Leave Home:
During Your Voyage:
- Scrub footwear to ensure all soil and seeds have been removed.
- Check all clothing for soil, seeds and insects.
- Check that luggage and any other equipment you plan to bring is clean and free of soil and seeds.
- Vacuum all luggage prior to packing to remove any traces of soil, seeds and insects.
- Respect wildlife - do not feed, touch or handle birds or seals; keep a reasonable amount of distance when photographing wildlife.
- Respect vegetation - do not walk or land on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
- Take only photos and leave only footprints! Do not take any biological or geological items as souvenirs, and do not dispose of litter on land.
- Before and after shore landings, you will be required to wash boots thoroughly to remove any dirt and debris.
- Make every effort between landings to ensure boots and clothing are dry and free of any foreign material.
- Always stay with the group and follow any advice or instructions given by group leaders.