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Tourists trapped on Antarctica cruise ship

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17 November 2009

A number of travellers on an Antarctic cruise have been stuck in ice for a week, it has emerged.

Taking passengers to see emperor penguins at Snow Hill Island rookery in the Weddell Sea, Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov became trapped after unfavourable weather conditions caused the ice around the ship to compact, Wanderlust reports.

Among the people on board are a BBC film crew and Jonathan Scott, TV presenter of Big Cat Diary and Honorary President of Wexas.

While the boat is owned by Quark Expeditions, many of the individuals on the ship are taking part in an Emperor Penguin Safari arranged by tour operator Exodus.

"They're definitely going to be delayed [in] returning … but life on board is pretty civilised," commented Rob Dixon of Exodus.

Paul Goldstein, a wildlife guide and photographer for the UK-based organisation, who is also on the expedition, called the Snow Hill Island rookery experience "quite extraordinary", in Wanderlust's December 2008 issue.ADNFCR-2704-ID-19463557-ADNFCR


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